DScPT On Campus Format

Teacher Instructing

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.  Our On Campus format, especially for the international physical therapist, is offered in a full-time format with the student eligible for the appropriate student visa to attend. The program is 3 years, 9 semesters long.  


Demonstrated competency or completion of a minimum of 64 credits of course work from the following areas:

Core I- Foundation Curriculum

Core II-Manual Therapy Curriculum
  • NAIOMT Level I Introduction: Localizing and evaluating the site and source of the pain
  • NAIOMT Level II Upper Quadrant: Detailed biomechanical assessment and manual therapy techniques of the cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder girdle, elbow, wrist and hand
  • NAIOMT Level II Lower Quadrant: Detailed biomechanical assessment and manual therapy techniques of the lumbar and lower thoracic spine, hip, knee, ankle and foot
  • NAIOMT Level III Upper Quadrant: Advanced biomechanical assessment and skilled manual interventions to the upper and lower cervical spine, temporal mandibular joint, thoracic spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand
  • NAIOMT Level III Lower Quadrant: Advanced assessment and treatment as noted above in the Level III upper quadrant course, and includes the lumbar and lower thoracic spine, pelvis and sacroiliac joints, hip, knee, ankle and foot
  • NAIOMT Level IV Spinal Manipulation: High-velocity, low-amplitude (thrust) techniques are taught addressing the spine, pelvic girdle and ribs.
  • NAIOMT Supervised Clinical Practice: Student will need to complete a minimum of 60 hours of 1:3 clinical supervision by completion of the degree
  • NAIOMT Thoracic Spine: focus on the thoracic region, spinal and costal joints. It will include the diagnosis, biomechanical examinations and the manual physical therapy treatment of the thoracic and costal articulations with mobilization and manipulation (thrust).

Core III- Elective Curriculum

Core IV-Professional Contribution Curriculum
Capstone Experience: This serves as an essential outcome component to augment the professional development and new learning that occurs in the DScPT curriculum. The project demonstrates the ability of the graduate DScPT to make a significant contribution to the profession and/or to serve as a change agent in the field of physical therapy. 6 credits



Fall Semester - 10 credits

Spring Semester - 10 credits

Summer Semester - 5 credits


Fall Semester - 10 credits

Spring Semester - 11 credits

Summer Semester - 2 credits


Fall Semester - 8 credits

Spring Semester - 8 credits

Summer Semester - No credits, time to finish Capstone and Oral Practical Exams

The entry point for the DScPT program is in August.

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