• Transitional DPT Program

    Thank you for your interest in our transitional DPT (t-DPT) program at Hardin-Simmons University. We have recently discontinued our partnership with Rocky Mountain University, but will be offering a revised t-DPT curriculum beginning in the fall of 2014. We are now accepting applications for this program through August 1st. Any physical therapist who is licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction is eligible to apply. Applicants who have no prior graduate degree (i.e., hold a BS or certificate in physical therapy) will be required to take two additional online courses during the summer that precedes the fall date. These courses are optional for students enrolling with a master’s degree. The new curriculum sequence and course descriptions may be accessed at: Curriculum Sequence

    The format of this program will differ somewhat from others you may be investigating. Basically, this degree is offered as a hybrid program which means that some coursework is presented on-line and some is presented during a live, on-campus class session. On-campus class sessions generally take place over an extended weekend (3 or 4 days). Past graduates have considered the live class sessions to be the most beneficial part of the program. The t-DPT program at HSU consists of 23 credit hours that are spread over 5 continuous semesters. On-campus class sessions only occur during the first 4 semesters. Each on-campus class session is preceded and followed by some assignments and/or exams that students complete on their own and submit electronically. Thus, students should have basic computer skills. The final semester consists of a professional development elective and a directed independent study course; thus, no on-campus class time is required.

    The tuition rate for this program is $650/credit hour. The tuition is the same for Texas residents and non-residents. A 10 % tuition discount is offered to all active APTA members and individuals who have served as clinical instructors for Hardin-Simmons University within the past 3 years. Students also pay a small technology fee each semester for access to online academic software and library resources. The only other costs are those associated with books, travel to the on-campus class sessions, and graduation regalia (for those who choose to participate in the commencement ceremony). Program application and instructions can be accessed at:

    Unique features of HSU’s t-DPT program include:

    • its relatively short duration (5 semesters of 3-5 credit hours each)
    • reasonable course load that allows you to continue working full-time
    • an optional education track for students who are PT/PTA faculty members or interested in pursuing an academic career
    • small class sizes that enjoy face-to-face contact with program faculty
    • personal attention provided by HSU faculty and staff

    Answers to additional questions may be found on our FAQ page at: FAQ

    For addition information, please contactDr. Martha (Marty) Hinman, Director of t-DPT Program, at: mhinman@hsutx.edu or call 325.670.5828.

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