Physical Therapy—DScPT

The Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT) degree represents the highest clinical specialty doctorate in the world. This unique degree is designed to enhance the skills of practicing physical therapists. Working with our partner ASPIRE, and respecting the importance of fundamental principles of orthopedic manual therapy, each graduate will be recognized as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT),

In addition to the COMT, the student will choose a concentration in Women’s Health or Orthopedic Manual Therapy. The Women’s Health concentration prepares the student to meet the underserved, complex physical therapy needs of women. In the Orthopedic Manual Therapy concentration, the student will gain the designation of SMT (Spinal Manipulative Therapist) and be ready to take their place as a master clinician. Our partnership with ASPIRE provides students the opportunity to pair the DScPT degree with the Manual Therapy Certifications culminating in Spinal Manipulative Therapist (SMT).

Delivery: Blended learning with interactive online courses, intensive hands-on short courses and clinical practice hours in the location of your choice.  

PROGRAM LENGTH

  • BS/MS to DScPT: 59-64 credits dependent upon manual therapy certifications
  • DPT to DScPT: 40-45 credits dependent upon manual therapy certifications
  • DPT & FAAOMPT to DScPT: 35 credits

Can typically be completed by full time students in 3-4 years and 5-7 years for part-time students. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

July 15 for a Fall (late August) start 

POINTS OF DISTINCTION

  • Partnered with ASPIRE OMT
  • Accelerated tracks for those possessing manual therapy certifications or FAAOMPT.
  • Catered to experienced clinicians
  • Orthopedic Manual Therapy or Women’s Health concentration 

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must have the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree and have graduated from an approved school of physical therapy
  • Licensed to practice physical therapy in United States or Canada.
  • Applicants must submit graduate application and all the required components:
    • Original copy of all academic transcripts, from all institutions where classes were taken.
    • Copy of physical therapist license.
    • Three satisfactory recommendations from a currently practicing physical therapist, a medical doctor or supervisor, and another person familiar with the candidate.
    • Physical Therapy Evaluation Tool (PTET) required for applicants with only a BPT degree.
    • Minimum TOEFL score of 80 or 6.5 on the IELTS English Proficiency if language of education was not English.
  • Applicants for the Women’s Health concentration: Prior learning is required. Please see the Academic Bulletin for detailed requirements.

For more information please visit the Admissions page.

 ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

We are an international campus with a significant representation of international students. To learn more, please visit our International students page.

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FINANCES

To learn about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit Student Financial Services.

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ENROLLMENT & ADMISSION

Phone: 855-428-4723 or 269-471-6321
Email: graduate@andrews.edu

DSCPT PROGRAM

Phone: 269-471-6305
Email: ptpostpro@andrews.edu