DScPT - Distance Learning

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The DScPT degree represents the highest clinical specialty doctorate in the world.  This unique degree is designed to enhance the skills of practicing physical therapists.  Recognizing the importance of the fundamental principles of orthopedic manual therapy, each graduate will be a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through our partner, ASPIRE OMT.

In addition to the COMT, the student will choose a concentration in Women’s Health or Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. The Women’s Health concentration prepares the student to meet the underserved, complex physical therapy needs of women. The Orthopedic Manual Therapy concentration will gain the designation of Spinal Manipulative Therapist (SMT). A dual concentration is available, and new concentrations are in development.

This degree allows the clinician to become a master clinician, teacher and researcher. Graduates of the DScPT program are primed for teaching in a university setting and contributing to scholarly research, as well as leading the profession in evidence-based clinical practice. Many of our DScPT graduates are faculty members at universities within the United States and around the world.

For licensed physical therapists in the US or Canada, we offer the degree as a full or part-time blended program, with an on-campus short course intensive format and interactive online learning to reduce time away from home and work. The program can be paced from 3 to 7 years. 

The DScPT program offers five tracks:

  1. DPT with FAAOMPT to DScPT (35 credits)
  2. BS/Master’s to DScPT (64 credits)
  3. DPT to DScPT (45 credits)
  4. BSPT/MSPT with NAIOMT CMPT or COMT from other approved organizations to DScPT (59 credits)
  5. DPT with NAIOMT CMPT or COMT from other approved organizations to DScPT (40 credits)

The program is a combination of didactic and supervised clinical experience, using a blend of interactive online courses, intensive hands-on short courses and clinical practice hours. The curriculum also includes the necessary advanced research courses to prepare every student to be a consumer and producer of scholarly products. This program is delivered mostly in an interactive online format, with some required on-campus intensives. The format of this degree program, the distinguished faculty and the diverse background and practice of the students provides a rich experience and outstanding opportunity to flourish as master clinicians.


Click here to see more information about the DScPT track options and admissions requirements. 


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