In 1999 Creighton University instituted a distance-based Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program to make doctoral level education readily accessible to licensed practitioners. The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree advocates a commitment to patients and society by inculcating a lifelong commitment to learning, service, and reflective inquiry-based practice. As such, it is in harmony with the values of the profession of Physical Therapy. The program emphasizes integration of theory and practice from the foundational, professional and clinical sciences, critical self-assessment, clinical reasoning and decision-making skills, advocacy and health policy.The transitional DPT program permits distance learners access to required course work through Web-based technology, print, videotape, and CD-ROM. The professional practice component of the curriculum is tailored to each individual based on the student's self-assessment of professional competencies. Students may elect to enhance generalist clinical skills or select a focused area for clinical study. Whenever possible, experiential course work will be arranged at practice sites in the student's geographic region.
The Transitional DPT program at Creighton University is designed as another pathway for obtaining th