Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Pathway
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 professional entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
standards in order to position themselves more strongly in the current health care
environment. The mission of the 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 the other health care professionals, and commitment to life-long
learning and community service.
The tDPT differs from an advanced post-professional degree (such as an ScD or Ph.D.)
in that it does not focus on 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 and should help licensed therapists become autonomous,
evidence-based practitioners. Our program is designed to help therapists keep up with
the changing expectations of the profession and the public about who a PT is and what
we do. The tDPT is offered completely online, allowing students the flexibility to
participate in academic studies while maintaining their employment as a PT. This also
provides the ideal environment to apply newly-learned information. Our tDPT is designed
for the licensed physical therapist whose entry-level clinical degree is at a bachelor’s
or master’s level.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not offer
accreditation for post-professional programs in physical therapy, such as the tDPT.
TTUHSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Should you have any questions about the program, please e-mail the program director
at Kathryn.Panasci@ttuhsc.edu or telephone 806-743-2461. For any questions related to prerequisites, enrollment
deadlines, etc., contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 806-743-3220.
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, email@example.com)
for additional information.
Click here to see the authorization status of your state.