Physical Therapy Post Professional Programs—t-DPT, DScPT, Orthopedic Residency Program

These post professional programs are designed to provide practicing physical therapists with the opportunity to obtain post professional studies and an advanced clinical doctoral degree in the field of their discipline without the need to terminate or significantly change their regular employment or lifestyle. All courses may be taken to earn academic credit or continuing education units (CEUs).

Transitional DPT (t-DPT)
The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) is designed to provide advanced learning for practicing physical therapists. The t-DPT student will enhance their skills in medical screening, differential diagnosis, clinical leadership and administration, imaging and laboratory science, therapeutic exercise prescription, education and research. This degree transitions the clinician to the academic standard of the entry-level DPT graduate and truly trains the clinician to become a direct access practitioner.

The transitional DPT is offered in two formats: For licensed physical therapists in the US or Canada as a part-time, blended program with on campus short course format and interactive online learning to minimize time away from home and work! For other students, especially the international physical therapist the degree is offered as a full-time on campus program, with the student being eligible for the appropriate student visa to attend.

Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT)
The Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT) is unique degree designed to not only train the clinician to become a direct access provider but to also train the clinician to become a specialist in the area of orthopedic manual therapy. Andrews University is partnered with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), an APTA accredited fellowship program, to provide the clinician with the skills to become a certified manual or manipulative therapist. This degree will further enhance key areas such as medical screening, differential diagnosis, education, research, therapeutic exercise prescription, imaging and laboratory science, along with clinical leadership. This degree truly allows the clinician to be well on their way to becoming a master clinician along with providing skills to teach and do research if desired.

The DScPT is offered in two formats: For licensed physical therapists in the US or Canada as a part time, blended program with on campus short course format and interactive online learning to minimize time away from home and work! For other students, especially the international physical therapist, the degree is offered as afull-time on campus program with the student eligible for the appropriate student visa to attend.

Orthopedic Residency Program
A clinical mentorship and postgraduate educational curriculum designed to prepare the physical therapist as an orthopedic clinical specialist with a focus in manual therapy and clinical reasoning. Applications are submitted through RF-PTCAS.

Program length

For the distance learning program, classes are either taught in a short-course format of no more than six days per session or done by distance learning.

  • t-DPT Distance Learning: 2 years, 35 credits
  • t-DPT On Campus: 17 months, 35 credits
  • DScPT Distance Learning: 3 years, 64 credits
  • DScPT On Campus: 3 years, 64 credits
  • Orthopedic Residency Program: 18 months, 17 credits

Application deadlines

July 15 for Fall semester

Eligibility and admission requirements

t-DPT

  • Hold current licensure as a physical therapist in their country of origin or country in which they live.
  • Submit graduate application.
  • Submit a minimum of three satisfactory recommendations: one from a currently practicing physical therapist, one from a medical doctor, and one from another person familiar with the candidate.
  • Graduate of an accredited physical therapy school.
  • For candidates holding a bachelor's degree with no advanced master's, receipt of PTET scores.

DScPT

  • Hold current licensure as a physical therapist in their country of origin or country in which they live.
  • Proof of employment in an orthopedic setting, at least 20 hours per week.
  • Submit graduate application.
  • Submit a minimum of three satisfactory recommendations: one from a currently practicing physical therapist, one from a medical doctor, and one from another person familiar with the candidate.
  • Graduate of an accredited physical therapy school.
  • For candidates holding a bachelor's degree, with no advanced master's, receipt of PTET scores.
  • For candidates holding a master's degree or DPT degree, receipt of professional portfolio.

Orthopedic Residency Program

  • Hold or be in the process of obtaining licensure as a physical therapist in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Submit residency program application.
  • Submit a portfolio following program guidelines.
  • Submit a minimum of three satisfactory recommendations: one from the ACCE of the physical therapy program applicant attended; one from a faculty member of the physical therapy program applicant attended; one from a clinical supervisor the applicant interned with during physical therapy school. In the case of applicants who have been out of school longer than 3–5 years, the letters of recommendation may follow the same standards as the DScPT applicants.
  • Submission of a mission statement and reasons for applying to this program

International students

  • Additional requirements may apply for international students, please contact ptpostpro@andrews.edu for additional questions.  

Finances

To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

Next steps

You can read up on application requirements, finances and frequently asked questions; or submit your application.

Have questions? We have answers. Just email graduate@andrews.edu, call us at 269-471-6013, or Skype AndrewsGraduateSchool.

You can learn more about the Post Professional programs on the Physical Therapy Deparment website.

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