Online Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) Program
Enhance your knowledge and skills, broaden your clinical perspective, and invigorate your passion for the profession. Learn with a diversity of clinicians who all come together with a desire to collaborate in a learning process that advances clinical skills and decision-making. Content is presented online from an evidence-based practice perspective, allowing you to apply the most current and relevant biomedical literature to individual patient management decisions on a daily basis. Learning materials are available via computer including the web and through live audio chat discussions and interaction. If you are a practicing physical therapist with a U.S. or Canadian license, UM-Flint's Online Post-Professional t-DPT program is designed to enable you to advance your career to the doctoral level and to provide opportunity and challenge to enhance your professional competence and career marketability. Within our on-line program, opportunities exist to enhance your general clinical skills (t-DPT) and to enhance clinical skills in a focused professional practice area (Clinical Concentrations/PT Clinical Certificate with APTA Credential Residency).
Are you a busy, practicing clinician? Fitting Post-Professional t-DPT courses to advance your career can be challenging. In the University of Michigan-Flint Post-Professional t-DPT program courses are ALL offered online, making it a flexible and easy way to move forward. Most courses are offered in a semester (14 week) or condensed, half semester format (7 week). Students may take courses every semester, or opt to take a semester off. This program will fit your current work/life schedule. Join us in changing the future!
Online Post-Professional t-DPT Degree Requirements
Degree candidates must attain an overall grade point average of 5.0 "B" or higher and no course grade below "C".
Students must complete 24 credits. The number of credits required to complete the Online Post-Professional t-DPT program depends on your educational background. Generally, master's-prepared, licensed PTs can complete the online Post-Professional t-DPT program taking 7 to 9 courses. Baccalaureate-prepared, licensed PTs can complete the program taking 9 to 15 courses, depending on prior experience. UM-Flint’s Online Post-Professional t-DPT program is consistent with guidelines set by the APTA and offers courses relevant to advance clinical practice. The program recognizes the contribution experience plays in developing physical therapy leaders and presents courses with immediate applicability to real world practice. Topics may include neuroscience, pharmacology, radiology, primary care and differential diagnosis, advanced clinical decision-making, teaching, learning, pediatrics, geriatrics, health education and wellness promotion.
All requirements must be completed within three years from the time of initial acceptance. Your plan of study (learning contract) is established by the review of the Physical Therapist Evaluation Tool (PTET) and your official transcripts.
Up to two courses may be substituted based on previous coursework. UM-Flint MPT Graduates may possibly substitute up to three courses or 12 credit hours. Students will be able to substitute up to 12 credit hours of the clinical specialization/advanced practice courses for the Transitional DPT with clinical concentrations available in orthopedics, neurology, geriatrics, pediatrics and cardiopulmonary. These concentrations may be linked to a residency program. These substitutions must be specified in the initial learning contract.
The Service Learning Practicum (PTP 694 and 794) and Case Study Capstone (PTP 761) may not be waived by any student.
In extreme circumstances, students may petition for a leave of absence from the program and be allowed to continue later on a space available basis. An example of extreme circumstances would be a serious medical problem. See Post-Professional Programs Leave of Absence Policy in the On-Line Post-Professional Handbook.
The Graduate Admission Office is ready to answer any questions and lend a hand with applying to the t-DPT program.
More information about admission criteria can be found HERE.
Or if you are ready, click HERE to apply!
We Have the Resources You Need:
Frances Willson Thompson Library resources are easily available from off campus.
Office of Extended Learning is ready to assist you with your distance e-learning needs.
Additional online learning support resources.