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Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Pathway

TTUHSC Transitional DPT is now accepting physical therapists with Bachelor’s Degrees.

The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy is a clinical doctoral degree designed for licensed Physical Therapists seeking to advance their knowledge, skills, and behaviors to a level consistent with the current professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) standards in order to position themselves more strongly in the current health care environment. The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is to educate students to be autonomous, evidence-based practitioners who improve the health of people through the application of their clinical skills, collaboration with other health care professionals, and commitment to life-long learning and community service.


The Transitional DPT differs from an advanced post-professional degree (such as the ScD) in that it does not reflect the acquisition of advanced or specialized clinical skills, but rather it reflects the augmentation in the physical therapy profession’s body of knowledge and state of practice over the last five or more years. The Transitional-DPT allows practicing physical therapists to continue their full-time employment while enrolled in the program as the clinical setting provides the ideal environment to apply newly-learned information.

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not offer accreditation for post-professional programs in physical therapy, such as the transitional-DPT.

Should you have any questions about the program, please e-mail the program director at Lois.Stickley@ttuhsc.edu or telephone 806-354-5595. For any questions related to prerequisites, enrollment deadlines, etc., contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at allied.health@ttuhsc.edu or by calling 806-743-3220.

State Authorization

For TTUHSC School of Allied Health Sciences to offer online courses in a state other than Texas, TTUHSC must first comply with that state's requirements. These requirements differ from state to state, with requirements being more rigorous and expensive in some states than others. TTUHSC SOAHS is currently working to gain authorization to offer online courses in all states. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (806-743-3220, allied.health@ttuhsc.edu) for additional information.

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