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Transition Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The transition Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program has been designed to allow practicing physical therapists to complete the requirements for the DPT degree while maintaining employment.

After taking tDPT 801: Orientation to Doctoral Studies, students will be assigned to courses for the rest of the program. Click here for Course Descriptions.


Projected tDPT Schedules
2014

Schedule may be subject to change.(updated: May, 2014)

 

2014 Projected Schedule
Courses Credits Summer '14 Fall '14
tDPT 801 Orientation to Doctoral Studies 1      
tDPT 803 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 3 X 7/19 X 12/6 Last Offering
tDPT 805 Integumentary Physical Therapy 3 X 7/20 Last Offering  
tDPT 807 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy 3 X 7/20 X 12/7 Last Offering
tDPT 809 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy 3 X 7/20 X 12/7 Last Offering
tDPT 810 Proposal Development 1 X X
Total 14
 
  Start May 19 TBD
  End TBD TBD
Tentative on-campus
weekend dates
  July 19-20 Dec. 6-7

Special Announcement

The University has made a decision to close the Transition Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the end of the Fall Semester 2014. This decision does not affect the entry-level program.

The last section of tDPT 801 Orientation to Doctoral Study was offered in the Summer of 2013, and the last tDPT courses will be offered in the Fall semester 2014. Students currently enrolled in the program will be provided with a phase out schedule of courses including when each course will be offered for the last time. Students will be required to enroll in the courses before they are phased out.

If a student is not able to complete the courses within the scheduled phase out period, the student will not be eligible for graduation.


 

tDPT Course Descriptions

 

tDPT 801: Orientation to Doctoral Studies
1 Credit

The first of six courses in the transition Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. This course is designed as an orientation to the Doctoral curriculum as well as issues related to program content, expectations and delivery. Course content will include distance education principles and procedures, professional standards of practice, professional ethics, advanced clinical decision-making, evidence based practice, service learning and professional socialization of an autonomous practitioner.

tDPT 803: Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy
3 Credits

One of six courses in the transition Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. This course is designed with the practicing physical therapist in mind. It builds upon PT 801 (Orientation to Doctoral Studies) and focuses on the content area of cardiopulmonary physical therapy across the lifespan. Course content includes integration of moderating variables, screening and diagnostic procedures, professional standards of practice, professional ethics, advanced clinical decision-making, evidence based practice, service learning and professional socialization of an autonomous practitioner.
Prerequisite: tDPT 801

tDPT 805: Integumentary Physical Therapy
3 Credits

One of six courses in the transition Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. This course is designed with the practicing physical therapist in mind. It builds upon PT 801 (Orientation to Doctoral Studies) and focuses on the content area of integumentary physical therapy across the lifespan. Course content includes integration of moderating variables, screening and diagnostic procedures, professional standards of practice, professional ethics, advanced clinical decision-making, evidence based practice, service learning and professional socialization of an autonomous practitioner.
Prerequisite: tDPT 801

tDPT 807: Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy
3 Credits

One of six courses in the transition Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. This course is designed with the practicing physical therapist in mind. It builds upon PT 801 (Orientation to Doctoral Studies) and focuses on the content area of musculoskeletal physical therapy across the lifespan. Course content includes integration of moderating variables, screening and diagnostic procedures, professional standards of practice, professional ethics, advanced clinical decision-making, evidence based practice, service learning and professional socialization of an autonomous practitioner.
Prerequisite: tDPT 801

tDPT 809: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy
3 Credits

One of six courses in the transition Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. This course is designed with the practicing physical therapist in mind. It builds upon PT 801 (Orientation to Doctoral Studies) and focuses on the content area of neuromuscular physical therapy across the lifespan. Course content includes integration of moderating variables, screening and diagnostic procedures, professional standards of practice, professional ethics, advanced clinical decision-making, evidence based practice, service learning and professional socialization of an autonomous practitioner.
Prerequisite: tDPT 801

tDPT 810 Proposal Development
1 credit

One of six required courses in the transition Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. During completion of this course the student will develop a service learning proposal that has the potential to be implemented. Service learning is a structured experiential learning experience that provides students with the opportunity to meet academic objectives through provision of community service. When possible, students will work with community members to identify needs and develop and implement projects to address those needs and then reflect on the value of the experience for the community and themselves.
Prerequisite: tDPT 801


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Program Director:
Kelley A. Moran, PT, DPT, EdD, ATC, CSCS

E-mail
Phone: 570.674.6467
Susan Barker, PT, PhD
Chair, Physical Therapy Department
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Phone: 570.674.6422