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ppDPT Program Admission Requirements

Utica College's Post-Professional DPT program capitalizes on the wealth of knowledge and experience that you already have, and offers excellent networking potential with a diverse group of peers and doctoral program faculty from around the country.


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Karen Jacobson: I'm the student services coordinator for the post-professional transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy. What I do is, when a student has been accepted to the program I help them, the students, with registration, finding textbooks, logging into the system, and I help them with logging into Angel, our the online platform to make sure the student feels confident and I set them up for success for that first day of class.

Diane Pudney: I work in the online and extended studies office on the Utica College campus and my roll with the students starts at the very beginning. I enter the student's file into our banner system and I let the student know when they're accepted via an accept package and accept letter. Then, any time after that when the students need help with registration, with a plan of study, making a payment, or any other miscellaneous questions they may have. I'm their contact.

Karen Jacobson: I think that one of the keys to success for students is that they have to have a genuine curiosity and willingness to learn. Online learning is a new experience for a lot of students and it takes that leap of faith that they're going to be able to get the resources and the support that they need like they would in a traditional brick and mortar classroom. I think that one of the things I want to always like to impress upon the students is to help them succeed they need a to have a good support system and I like to include myself as part of that support system to remind them why they wanted to do this program in the first place. This helps them to realize their educational goals.

Diane Pudney: The qualities that I see in students who successfully complete the program and graduate are things like being in touch with their advisers and working with the faculty. The faculty is so flexible and caring and I think they really go out of their way to make sure that they can fulfill student's needs and I think that's really a good quality. Again, that makes a student feel comfortable and feel like they're part of the family and again it makes them successful.

When you look at college it's like a family, and that may sound a little cliché, but it's really like a family and we try to make it that way for our online students as well because we are the only contact they may have; they may not have the face to face, of course unless they have residency, so we try to make it a good experience for them where they feel comfortable, they know they can call us if they have a question, and they get to know us. We do whatever we can to make sure that the student feels like they're part of us whether it's online or on campus.

Karen Jacobson: The biggest ideas that I would like to impart to students is that Utica has set them up for success in every possible way. As long as they utilize the tools at their disposal there's no reason that they won't be able to successfully complete the program and enjoy their experience while they're here, as well as make a lot of contacts and have a great time in the program.

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) – Online Program

Applicants to the tDPT program (who are living in the US and licensed or license-eligible and trained as entry-level physical therapists in the US) must have:

  • :: Transcript from a regionally accredited physical therapist degree program
  • :: Professional portfolio
  • :: Current US state professional license (or proof of eligibility to sit for licensure in the US)
  • :: Two written recommendations
  • :: Brief essay articulating goals for ppDPT study

Applicants to the tDPT program (who are living and licensed as physical therapists in the US and received their entry-level PT degree outside of the US) must have:

  • :: A comprehensive credential evaluation noting that their entry-level education is a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy
  • :: Professional portfolio
  • :: Current US state professional license (or proof of eligibility to sit for licensure in the US)
  • :: Two written recommendations
  • :: Brief essay articulating goals for ppDPT study

Applicants to the tDPT program (who are living in the US OR outside of the US and who are NOT YET licensed or license-eligible as physical therapists) must have:

  • :: A comprehensive credential evaluation from the Foreign Credentialing Committee on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) noting that their entry-level physical therapy education is “substantially equivalent to the first professional degree in physical therapy in the United States. The first professional degree in the United States is the master’s degree or higher.”

    NOTE: The Utica College tDPT curriculum does not provide the education that offers a path for US licensure as a physical therapist and/or a Visa to practice physical therapy in the US.
  • :: Professional portfolio
  • :: Current license from country of origin (if living outside of the US)
  • :: Two written recommendations
  • ::Brief essay articulating goals for ppDPT study
  • ::English language proficiency tests such as TOEFL or IELTS if English is not your first language -- UC requires a TOEFL score of 550 written, 213 computer-based, 79 internet-based and IELTS of 6.0.

If you would like more information about the online Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy, Request More Information or call us at 315-732-2640 or toll-free at 866-295-3106. An admissions representative will answer any questions you might have about why Utica College is the right choice for your ppDPT education.

The ppDPT program was approved by Utica College in May of 2004, by the New York State Department of Education in September of 2004, and The Middle States Commission on Higher Education in December of 2004.