• Transitional DPT Program

    Thank you for your interest in our transitional DPT (t-DPT) program at Hardin-Simmons University, however, we are currently not offering another cohort for the transitional DPT program at this time. If you have an questions, please contact Dr. Martha Hinman at (325) 670-5828 or email her at mhinman@hsutx.edu.

    If we do offer the tDPT program in the future, please read the following information:

    Any physical therapist who is licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction is eligible to apply. 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 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. If multiple PTs with the same employer choose to enroll in the same cohort, they will also be eligible for a tuition discount. A small technology fee is charged 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 contact Dr. Martha (Marty) Hinman, Director of t-DPT Program, at: mhinman@hsutx.edu or call 325.670.5828.

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