The transitional DPT program is designed for physical therapists with bachelor's or master's degrees to pursue the clinical doctorate without having to relocate. Students will complete two semesters, each consisting of three modules of coursework. Modules 1 and 3 may consist of required readings and assignments, as well as participation in threaded discussions, online "chat" discussions, and/or phone conferences. Module 2 in each semester requires attendance on-site for lecture, demonstration, etc. As part of Module 3 in each semester, doctoral students will complete a Directed Independent Study project. This program takes approximately one year to complete.
The program also offers two elective tracks which provide additional depth and expert guidance in the areas of Hand Rehabilitation, Manual Therapy, Aging, and Pediatric Therapy. To enroll in the Hand Rehabilitation electives, an applicant must be a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT); to enroll in the Manual Therapy electives, applicants must to enroll in the Pediatric or Aging electives, an applicant must have several years of pediatric or aging/geriatric experience (respectively) or be currently employed in a related setting.