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Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT)

Dr. Martha Hinman, PT, EdD, Professor and Director of the Transitional DPT Program

Hardin-Simmons University also offers a five-semester Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree

for U.S.-licensed physical therapists seeking to transition their entry-level degree from a

baccalaureate or masters level to a doctoral level. This post-professional degree consists of 23

credit hours of coursework designed to upgrade the physical therapist’s knowledge and skills to

enable them to function as an autonomous practitioner. Applications are accepted year-round for

classes that begin in May of each year.

Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not accredit post-

professional degree programs.

Transfer Credit

Due to the unique nature of this curriculum, transfer credits will be considered on a very limited

basis. Graduate credit for transfer will be considered if the course content or description is

comparable to that offered in the t-DPT curriculum, the grade earned was a “B” or better, and the

course is approved by the t-DPT Program Director. No transfer credit will be awarded for

coursework earned as part of one’s prior entry-level degree. As a general rule, no more than 5

transfer credits will be applied toward the t-DPT degree and no courses taken more than 10 years

ago will be accepted.

Admission Requirements

1.

Transcripts from all universities where college courses have been taken.

2.

Evidence of current licensure in an U.S. jurisdiction

3.

Current professional resume/CV

4.

TOEFL score (100 minimum on internet version) for foreign-education PTs from non-

English speaking countries.

Graduation Requirements

The program of study for the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree consists of 23 credit

hours extended over a 20-month period.

Curriculum

Summer I

PHYT 7151: Principles of Evidence-based Practice……………………………… ..........1

PHYT 7155: Teaching Methods and Technology………………………………… ..........1

PHYT 7253: Pathomechanics of Tissue Injury and Repair……………………….. ..........2

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS ................................................................................. .......4

Fall I

PHYT 7152: Ethical Principles and Policy Issues in Health Care………………..............1

PHYT 7250: Clinical Research Methods…………………………………………............2

PHYT 7254: Health Risk Assessment and Exercise Testing………………………..........2

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS................................................................................. .......5

Spring I

PHYT 7256: Medical Screening and Differential Diagnosis……………………... ..........2

PHYT 7257: Special Topics in Clinical Neuroscience……………..…………….............2

OR

PHYT 7258: Special Topics in Clinical Anatomy…………………………………...........2