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Andrews University has the following postprofessional physical therapy programs to meet your particular career goals. Postprofessional Physical Therapy Programs are not accredited by CAPTE.
Transitional DPT (t-DPT)
The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) is designed to provide advanced learning for practicing physical therapists. The t-DPT student will enhance their 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 transitional DPT is offered in two formats: For licensed physical therapists in the US or Canada as a part-time, blended program with on campus short course format and interactive online learning to minimize time away from home and work! For other students, especially the international physical therapist the degree is offered as a full-time on campus program, with the student being eligible for the appropriate student visa to attend.
Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT)
The Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT) degree represents the highest clinical specialty doctorate in the world. It is a unique degree designed to not only train the clinician to become a direct access provider and a competent researcher, but will 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 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 a master clinician, a teacher and a researcher. Many of our graduates are faculty members at Universities within the United States and Canada attesting to the terminal nature of this degree.
The DScPT is offered in two formats: For licensed physical therapists in the US or Canada as a part time, blended program with on campus short course format and interactive online learning to minimize time away from home and work! For other students, especially the international physical therapist, the degree is offered as a full-time on campus program with the student eligible for the appropriate student visa to attend.
An 18-month postprofessional clinical mentorship and postgraduate educational curriculum designed to prepare the physical therapist as an orthopedic clinical specialist with a focus in manual therapy and clinical reasoning.
As with previous postprofessional offerings at Andrews University, all courses will be available for CEU's or academic credit. The short-course format will be kept intact.
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