Physical Therapy Doctor of Science
Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (ScD) is the first of its kind in the Southwest.
The ScD Program is a logical means for therapists to achieve needed levels of expertise
and specialization by providing an advanced skill set that is increasingly essential
for successful practice in modern society. This program will provide therapists with
the opportunity to develop the advanced knowledge base, clinical skills, and professional
competencies needed for state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of their patients.
As result, it will allow them to increase their level of sophistication, efficiency,
efficacy, and clinical outcomes in orthopaedic physical therapy practice.
The ScD Program is designed to prepare clinical practitioners in the area of advanced
orthopaedic physical therapy with an emphasis in clinical diagnostics and manual therapy.
In addition, the program provides ScD students with the opportunity to develop expertise
in clinical education and/or research, thus contributing to the development and growth
of evidence-based practice within the profession. Moreover, it provides students with
expertise to manage patients with complex musculoskeletal problems. These learning
opportunities will be enhanced through the new multi-million dollar teaching and research
facilities located at TTUHSC, the latest technology, and faculty who are experts in
the area of orthopaedic physical therapy practice.
Here are few of the highlights that make the ScD Program in Physical Therapy at TTUHSC
an ideal setting for practicing physical therapists to continue their post-professional
The program admits clinicians with bachelor's or master's PT degrees, as well as a
The program provides an advanced clinical orthopaedic curriculum that emphasizes PT
diagnostics and manual therapy.
The curriculum is presented in a weekend course format with web-based course enhancement.
The program offers mentoring in the areas of clinical practice, research, and teaching.
Students are allowed to continue with their clinical employment as PTs while enrolled,
as their work settings provide ideal settings for applying what is learned in the
Each ScD student has the option of clinical research or clinical teaching for their
final clinical project.
The curriculum can serve as a potential source for continuing education units.
The program provides content and experiences that support one's preparation for Orthopaedic
Certified Specialist (OCS) examination.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not offer
accreditation for post-professional programs in physical therapy, such as the ScD
in Physical Therapy.
Thank you for your interest in our program. It is our belief that we offer one of
the most unique and thorough post-professional orthopaedic physical therapy education
programs in the country. Should you have any questions on the program, please do not
hesitate to e-mail the program director at firstname.lastname@example.org. For any questions related to prerequisites, enrollment deadlines, etc., e-mail our
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at email@example.com.
For TTUHSC School of Health Professions 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 SHP 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, firstname.lastname@example.org)
for additional information.
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