Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (tDPT)

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

General Information
The transitional doctor of physical therapy program (tDPT) is a degree parity program designed for the working clinician. The tDPT program is a distance learning education program meant to advance knowledge in content area added in the entry-level DPT program but not addressed in bachelor's or master's degree curricula. The courses are designed for and delivered with the ability to interact with faculty and other learners through email, on-line discussions, and bulletin board postings. Focus is on gaining theoretical knowledge to advance one's practice and the profession, and on interaction with other professionals.

Consistent with the missions of the College and the Department of Physical Therapy, the mission of the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to provide practicing physical therapists. Whose entry level degree is not the doctor of physical therapy with a quality education in contemporary practice, strengthened by ongoing scholarly endeavors, and to promote the spirit of community and professional involvement.

As a degree parity program, the tDPT upholds the same program outcomes as the entry-level DPT program described above. These outcomes are achieved through specific content outcomes for the tDPT program which were developed to bridge the gap in knowledge between entry-level bachelor's and master's degree programs and the entry-level doctor of physical therapy program. The CSS tDPT learner outcomes are to:

  • evaluate published studies related to physical therapy practice, research, and policy and integrate the findings into clinical practice.
  • integrate concepts of diagnostic imaging and pharmacology in the comprehensive management of patients and clients.
  • integrate and synthesize patient/client history and clinical signs and symptoms for determination of a differential diagnosis and need for patient/client referral.
  • utilize The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice as an integral part of all therapy work.

Admissions Information
Admission criteria for the tDPT program:
 Proof of graduation from an accredited entry-level bachelor's or master's degree physical therapy program.
 Proof of licensure (unrestricted) to practice physical therapy in the United States.
 Employment equivalent to one year, full-time (2,080 hours) as a licensed physical therapist.

Applications for the program may be obtained by contacting:
The College of St. Scholastica
Graduate Studies Office
Physical Therapy Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: (218) 723-6285