Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy

Elevate your career with an unrivaled program for practicing physical therapists wanting to pursue their education and refine their critical thinking skills to foster innovations in teaching, research and patient care.

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Refine Your Skills. Change the Profession.

The TTUHSC School of Health Professions Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (Sc.D.) is a hybrid program for practicing physical therapists looking to boost their career. Our program classes are structured in a weekend course format with web-based components and have an orthopedic basis; however, our students work in physical therapy settings from pediatrics to geriatrics and acute to long-term care.


Our hybrid Sc.D. program offers a robust curriculum with access to a flexible schedule and expert faculty.

4-5 Year Program
  • Minimum of 36 hours for Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • 48 Credit Hours for Masters in Physical Therapy
  • 70 Credit Hours for Students with Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
Classes include a combination of lectures, research and clinical experience including:
  • Core Courses like Medical Screening for Rehabilitation Sciences, Motor Control in Orthopaedics, and Radiological Anatomy
  • Elective Courses for Everything from Basic & Applied Science in Orthopaedics to Orthopaedic Surgical Management
  • Clinical Courses including Musculoskeletal/Manual Therapy, Courses of the Spine and the Extremities
  • Options to Select Either a Clinical Research or Teaching Track
What to Expect
  • A Terminal Post-Professional Degree from an Accredited School
  • Weekend Course Format with Web-Based Components
  • Flexible Schedule while Maintaining Employment
  • Personal Tool Set Necessary for Clinical and Academic Teaching and Research
  • Enhanced Clinical Knowledge and Skill Sets
  • Interaction with Clinicians from Around the World


  • Upon Graduation, Teaching and Clinical Research Faculty Positions
  • Good for Career Transition to Professor, Management, Leadership Development, Evidence-Based Practice Implementation and More
March 1 Aug. 1 Jan. 1
Application Open
July 1 Dec. 1 April 1
Application Deadline
Fall Spring Summer
Term Program Start

Required Education: Bachelors, Masters or Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Your Future is in Lubbock, TX

  • 263 Annual Days of Sunshine
  • Cost of Living $21,218 (single adult, no children) *
  • Average Commute Time 15.5 Mins
  • 240,719 Population

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Phone: (806) 743-3220
Office Hours: 8am-5pm, M-F
Address: 3601 4th Street, MS 6294, Lubbock, TX 79430

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