Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Online

Program Overview

Build your expertise and take the next step in your career.

Our online transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program is designed to give licensed physical therapists the industry-standard knowledge, skills, and experience they need to build on what they've learned as a practicing physical therapist. Earn your post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree online in just 18 months.

Our online transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program is designed to give licensed physical therapists the industry-standard knowledge, skills, and experience they need to build on what they've learned as a practicing physical therapist. Earn your post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree online in just 18 months.

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Pay 2020 Rates in 2021*. Tuition Rates will remain steady for the 2020-21 academic year.
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Fast Facts

Total Credits

18–19

Cost Per Credit

$785

Time to Complete

18 months

Modality

Online + Residency

 
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          Expand Your Skills as a Physical Therapist

          Take control of the therapeutic process, from determining diagnoses to implementing physical therapy treatment that best suits the needs of your patients, and meet the highest standards of professional practice.

          After completing your tDPT program, you'll be able to:

          • Develop hypotheses to guide clinical decisions for patients.
          • Analyze the results of diagnostic testing as part of patient examination.
          • Apply principles of risk management to physical therapy practice.
          • Describe the clinical impact of PT imaging technologies.
          • Revise physical therapy strategies and procedural interventions based on results of diagnostic imaging, response to treatment, or changes in histology or pathology.

          Pursue Advanced Career Paths

          In 2019, the median salary for physical therapists was $89,440, with the top 10 percent of physical therapists earning an average of $124,740 per year. With the aging population growing rapidly in the U.S., job growth for this field is 28 percent, four times the national average for all professions.1

          When you complete Utica's online physical therapy degree program, you'll have an in-depth understanding of direct-access physical therapy and be able to provide top-quality care as a practitioner. Graduates from online DPT programs can also work as:

          • Consultants
          • Educators
          • Administrators
          • Clinical scholars

          No matter which professional path you choose, online DPT programs like Utica's prepare you to meet the needs of this ever-evolving profession.

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Study Essential Topics for Advanced Practice

          Explore the most up-to-date knowledge you need to excel as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Through seven courses, you'll learn about the foundations of autonomous practice, techniques for prevention and wellness, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology and pathophysiology, and more.

          Your physical therapy degree online program concludes with a practicum focused on one of four topics. You'll choose your focus and build a new skill set tailored to your career aspirations.

          Typically, students working full time while earning their online physical therapy degree from Utica will take two courses per 16-week semester, and complete the program in as few as four semesters.

          Students in the online tDPT program may be eligible to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for each successfully completed course. CEUs earned in this program may meet state PT license requirements – check your individual state requirements for more information.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Curriculum: Study Essential Topics for Advanced Practice

          Explore the most up-to-date knowledge you need to excel as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Through seven courses, you'll learn about the foundations of autonomous practice, techniques for prevention and wellness, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology and pathophysiology, and more.

          Your physical therapy degree online program concludes with a practicum focused on one of four topics. You'll choose your focus and build a new skill set tailored to your career aspirations.

          Typically, students working full time while earning their online physical therapy degree from Utica will take two courses per 16-week semester, and complete the program in as few as four semesters.

          Students in the online tDPT program may be eligible to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for each successfully completed course. CEUs earned in this program may meet state PT license requirements – check your individual state requirements for more information.

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Learning Goals

          • Demonstrate the ability to locate and critically analyze literature to develop hypotheses to guide clinical decisions for patients/clients.
          • Use computer and/or communication technology to gather information to address clinical questions and the efficacy of practice.
          • Integrate cultural competence into professional behavior and clinical encounters with all clients.
          • Appraise levels of sensitivity and specificity of evidence to make clinical judgments.
          • Integrate research evidence, patient values and preferences, ethics, and clinical experience to examine patients/clients across the lifespan.
          • Display adherence to physical therapy core values and professional standards.

          Admission Requirements

          Our transitional DPT is designed for licensed physical therapists with a certificate, bachelor's, or master's in physical therapy. If you're living in the U.S. and licensed or license-eligible, provide the following with your application:

          • Completed application
          • Official transcript from a regionally accredited physical therapy degree program
          • Professional portfolio
          • Current U.S. state professional license (or proof of eligibility to sit for licensure in the U.S.)
          • Two written recommendations
          • A brief essay articulating your goals for tDPT study

          Note there are additional admissions requirements for students who aren't yet licensed or license-eligible and who live outside the U.S.

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          This 18–19 credit program (credits vary based on your chosen practicum) costs $785 per credit hour. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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          Faculty: Real-World Clinicians and Mentors

          All transitional DPT courses are taught by qualified, experienced, real-world clinicians who help guide you as you complete your online studies and practicum. This commitment to excellence is just one of the ways Utica stands out among other online DPT programs.

          Our instructors possess decades of experience, have presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences, and focus on a variety of disciplines including:

          • Sports and fitness 
          • Pediatric and elderly care 
          • Orthopedics 
          • Spinal rehabilitation

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          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          Benefits of Being an Online Student

          Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You'll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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          Planning Your Budget

          Paying for an online education doesn't have to be stressful. We've compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online physical therapy degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          Completion time varies. Most of our students continue to work full-time while pursuing their degree and are encouraged to take one course every 8 weeks.

          The time it takes you complete this program will be determined by how many courses you need to take and how many you can take per semester.

          Excellent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities are expected to grow 18 percent between 2019 to 2029 and the top 10 percent of physical therapists earn an average of $124,740.

          Learn more on our Career Outlook page.

          Yes. To apply you must have at least a certificate, bachelor's or master's level education in physical therapy, as well as a current PT license or the ability to sit for licensure. You will also need a professional portfolio that documents your personal and professional growth as a physical therapist.

          If you earned your entry-level degree outside of the U.S, are not yet licensed, or just want to know more, visit our Admissions Requirements page.

          It's up to you. it's expected that you take one class every 8 weeks in a 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          This program consists of eight required courses.

          You'll explore topics such as autonomous practice, prevention and wellness, diagnostic imaging, global health care issues, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. The program concludes with a practicum where you can choose to work on case report writing, clinical specialty preparation, education in-teaching or in-service, or professional in-service.

          Learn more on our Curriculum page.

          Yes. Transfer credit is awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited college that are equivalent to those taught at Utica College and for which you received a grade of "C" or better. Note that we require official transcripts from all colleges you've attended, as well as a transcript showing the degree awarded.

          Shortly after you receive your letter of admission, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credits from the Registrar's Office. If you want to review possible credit-transfer eligibility, use TES® (Transfer Evaluation System).

           

          SOURCES:

          1Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm (visited November 11, 2020).