Andrews University offers a transitional DPT (t-DPT) program whose purpose is to allow the working clinician to gain the additional knowledge necessary to transition them academically to the entry-level DPT. The program utilizes a combination of short course format, independent study and distance learning to minimize time away from home while providing necessary didactic contact. The graduate should leave the program with greater skills in the area of medical screening, differential diagnosis, education and research. Attaining this degree sets the clinician on the path envisioned by the APTA to have all physical therapy provided by "doctors of physical therapy" by 2020!
A. PROGRAM COMPOSITION
Demonstrated competency or completion of a minimum of 34 credits of course work from the following areas:
- Doctoral Colloquium
- Clinical Screening and Differential Diagnosis
- Medical Diagnostics
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Educational Techniques for Health Care Professionals
- Spirituality in Health Care
- Comparative Religion and Cultural Diversity
- Principles of Contemporary Leadership
- Professional Communication and Consulting
- Clinical Research
- Advanced Topics in Clinical Research
- Applications in Clinical Research
- Capstone Experience
B. CREDITS FOR COMPETENCY DETERMINATION
As a part of the application process and the Doctoral Colloquium course requirements, students are required to submit a portfolio. The portfolio review committee will then determine if qualifications for competency credit in any of the core areas has been demonstrated.
PROGRAM SYNOPSIS: t-DPT
YEAR ONE:The entry point into the t-DPT program starts in August.
- Two on campus sessions
- One independent study/distance learning sessions
- Three independent study/distance learning sessions
- Completion of Capstone Project