Physical Therapy—T-DPT, 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.  Respecting the importance of fundamental principles of orthopaedic manual therapy, each graduate will be recognized as a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT) through our partner, the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).

In addition to the CMPT 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 Orthopaedic Manual Therapy concentration will gain the designation of COMT (Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist). A dual concentration is also available.

The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) is designed to provide advanced learning for practicing physical therapists. You will enhance your 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 t-DPT and DScPT programs are available in both on-campus and distance learning formats.


  • t-DPT: This 35-38 credits program and can typically be completed by full time students in two years.
  • DScPT: 64 credits for those who hold a BS or MS degree and 45 credits for those who hold a DPT degree and 35 credits for those with DPT and FAAOMPT. Can typically be completed by full time students in 3 years or 5 year plans are available for part-time students.


The Physical Therapy Post Professional programs admit new students every Fall Semester. On campus and Interactive online prospective students must submit their applications by July 15.

Prospective students for the DScPT program holding a DPT degree may be considered for admission for spring semester. For more information please email

International prospective students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 3 months before the deadlines listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.


  • Partnered with the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT).
  • Curriculum based program with potential for credit for prior learning for manual therapy certification, OCS certification and FAAOMPT.
  • Catered to experienced clinicians.
  • Women’s Health concentration



  • The equivalent of a 4 year US bachelor's degree.  Applicants must have graduated from an approved school of physical therapy and be licensed to practice in their country of origin or in the country in which they live.  
  • Transcripts: An original copy from any institution where classes were taken must be sent to Andrews University. If original transcripts are not written in English, applicants must upload both original language and literal English translations.
  • Two years of experience working as a physical therapist prior to applying.
  • A minimum of three Recommendations must be submitted.
    • A practicing physical therapist.
    • A medical doctor.
    • A non-relative who is familiar with the applicant.
  • Portfolio: Applicants with a master’s degree must submit a portfolio, these documents will have vital information for an admission decision as well as determination for competency credits.
    • An updated resume.
    • All post-graduate continuing education courses.
    • Copies of speciality certifications and course certificates.
  • PTET is required for US and Canadian trained physical therapists holding only a bachelor's degree. For information on obtaining PTET please visit the APTA website.
  • Foreign trained physical therapists must complete the FCCPT application and fully satisfy course content, credit and requirements.
  • English Proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 80 or 6.5 in the IELTS.

For more information please visit the Admissions page.


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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