Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) Program Apart?

The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) program is offered for currently practicing physical therapists who are interested in augmenting their bachelor’s or master’s education to earn a DPT. In contributing to your professional growth, our program will:

  • Enhance your knowledge and skills
  • Broaden your clinical perspective
  • Present online program content from an evidence-based practice perspective
  • Allow you to apply the most current and relevant biomedical literature to individual patient management decisions

With the t-DPT from UM-Flint, you have the freedom to pursue your professional goals at your pace and direct your course of study. Part-time enrollment flexibility gives you the option to complete your doctorate as it fits your schedule. Developed with the guidance of mentoring faculty, your individualized learning plan will reflect your experience and areas of interest.


The program’s in-depth curriculum is rigorous, challenging, and well-rounded. Courses are taught from an evidence-based perspective to develop your broad base of clinical knowledge and give you the specialized understanding that will prepare you to excel as a leader in your field.


Small classes allows you to develop a support system comprised of fellow professionals while opening networking opportunities. PT faculty remain available to mentor and support you throughout the program and after graduation.


All coursework is completed online, allowing working PTs to earn their degrees while remaining employed full-time in a clinical setting. You’ll have the flexibility to complete courses anywhere. Most learning materials are available electronically and live audio discussions and interactions give you the benefit of real-time collaborative learning.


As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, you’ll also have access to the full academic and research resources at the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.


Physical Therapy Post-Professional Transitional Program (DPT)

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  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Physical Therapy from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent in another country
  • Physical Therapy license or registration (or equivalent)
  • Overall 3.0 GPA or higher (4.0 scale) in the physical therapy degree


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Copy of current Physical Therapy license or registration (or equivalent) (If license has lapsed, submit a copy of most recent license; if seeking a clinical specialization, the license must be current.)
  • Official transcripts from the institution where your baccalaureate degree was earned and from the institution where your Physical Therapy degree was earned  (if different from the college of your baccalaureate degree)
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your scholarly and/or professional ability
  • Copy of Educational Credential Review if educated outside the United States or Canada: FCCPT recommended for those licensed in the U.S. or Canada; all others may use an appropriate service such as FCCPT, ECE, or WES
  • Proof of English proficiency as required (see below)

A telephone interview with a Physical Therapy faculty member will be scheduled after review of your application materials (not required for UM-Flint MPT graduates).

English Proficiency Requirements

If English is not your native language and/or if you received your physical therapy degree in a country other than the United States, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Australia, or the United Kingdom, you must demonstrate English proficiency by providing evidence through one of the methods listed below. This requirement applies even if you are currently a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and regardless of how long you have resided or been educated in the U.S.*:

1. Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE).  Scores must be no more than two (2) years old.

The table below indicates the minimum acceptable scores for admission, as well as the scores and score ranges for which a supplemental English writing course will be required upon admission to the program:


Minimum Score for Admission

 English Writing Course Required If:


560 overall  

Overall less than 600 or TWE less than 5.0


84 overall

Overall less than 101 or WR less than 27


6.5 overall

Overall less than 7.5 or Writing less than 7


80 overall

Overall less than 85 or Composition less than 85


Certificate of Proficiency

Writing Score = LP (Low Pass)

2. Provide an official transcript showing a degree earned at an accredited U.S., Canadian (English-speaking), Australian, or U.K. college or university OR successful completion (‘C’ or higher) of ENG 111 or ENG 112 or its equivalent.

*If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and wish to waive this requirement, you may make your case to the director of the post-professional DPT program. The director, in turn, must make the case to the Dean of Graduate Programs. You must provide sufficient evidence that you have the requisite English proficiency.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission, submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs on or before the application deadline*:

  • Fall - May 1
  • Winter - October 1
  • Spring - March 1

*International students are required to apply by March 1