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
• UM-Flint’s fully-online post-professional t-DPT program’s flexibility is key to enhancing your general skills and focusing in a professional practice area.
• Most courses are offered in a semester (14-week) or half-semester (7-week) format. You may take courses every semester, or opt to take a semester off, tailoring the program to fit your current
• You have the option to concurrently complete a clinical concentration (APTA Credentialed Residency) in orthopedics (OCS), geriatrics (GCS), neurology (NCS), pediatrics (PCS), or cardiopulmonary physical therapy (CCS).
• The program makes learning materials available electronically, as well as through live audio chat discussions and interaction.
• You will benefit from outstanding faculty, whose consistent record of scholarship and service at the state, regional, and national levels of the profession helps to mentor you in leadership and service, both to the profession and the community.
• As part of the world renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at our sister campuses in Dearborn and Ann Arbor to assist our students, their research, and other initiatives.
• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Physical Therapy from an 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
• Current CPR certification (or equivalent) [if applying to a clinical specialization]
To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:
• $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
• 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
• Copy of current CPR card (if applying to a clinical specialization)
• 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).
*PTET Portfolio Score Report is not required of UM-Flint graduates with a MPT degree
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:
|Exam||Minimum Score for Admission||English Writing Course Required If:|
|TOEFL PBT and TWE||560 overall||Overall less than 600 or TWE less than 5.0|
|TOEFL iBT||84 overall||Overall less than 101 or WR less than 27|
|IELTS||6.5 overall||Overall less than 7.5 or Writing less than 7|
|MELAB||80 overall||Overall less than 85 or Composition less than 85|
|ECPE||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.
3. Provide a copy of your FCCPT Comprehensive Credential Evaluation Certificate.
*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.
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 one month earlier for each semester
t-DPT Degree Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits. The Physical Therapist Evaluation Tool (PTET) review is used to establish the learning contract. Up to two courses may be substituted based on previous coursework; UM-Flint MPT graduates may possibly substitute up to three courses or 12 credit hours. Students will be able to substitute up to 12 credit hours of the new specialization courses being developed for the Transitional Clinical DPT with clinical concentrations in orthopedics, neurology, geriatrics, pediatrics and cardiopulmonary linked to APTA residencies (See the Clinical Certificates section.) These substitutions must be specified in the initial learning contract. The Service Learning Practicum and Case Study Capstone may not be waived by any student. Courses taken more than 5 years to the semester in which the students starts the program will not be considered for a course transfer. In extreme circumstances, students may petition for a leave of absence from the program and be allowed to continue later on a space available basis. (An example of extreme circumstances would be a serious medical problem.) Degree candidates must attain an overall grade point average of 5.0 or higher and receive no course grade below C.
t-DPT Course Requirements
B. Individualized learning plan. Each student’s curriculum is based on individualized learning plans. Physical therapists with
Bachelors or Masters entry-level PT degrees frequently have to take a selection of the following courses:
PTP 503 - Independent Study for Physical Therapy Students.
PTP 512 - Neuroscience in Physical Therapy.
PTP 513 - Physiology and Exercise.
PTP 546 - Pharmacology in Practice.
PTP 560 - Research Methods.
PTP 581 - Teaching, Learning and Health Education.
PTP 623 - Introduction to Musculoskeletal Imaging.
PTP 624 - Systems Review and Screening in Clinical Decision Making.
PTP 625 - Advanced Medical Imaging for Diverse Populations.
PTP 647 - Examination and Intervention in Practice for Integument Conditions.
PTP 660 - Critical Inquiry Project.
PTP 661 - Literature Analysis in Evidence-Based Practice.
PTP 732 - Pediatric Examination and Intervention in Practice.
PTP 761 - Evidence-Based Practice.
PTP 770 - Assistive Technology in Accessibility.
PTP 783 - Geriatrics in Practice.
PTP 792 - Management in Physical Therapy Practice.
Courses in the post-professional program are intended to be taken in a prescribed sequence. The learning plan developed for each student based on their transcripts and PTET report is not just a series of courses but instead a professional program in which appropriate sequence is important to assure intended educational outcomes.
Transfer of courses taken within five years prior to admission to the t-DPT program for a total of up to 12 credits remains the prerogative of the Physical Therapy faculty .
Currently enrolled t-DPT students have the option to dual enroll in a concentration area. This allows the student to obtain a t-DPT degree with a concentration. See the Post-Professional Physical Therapy Clinical Certificates and Credentialed APTA Residency section for more information.
Graduation Year: 2011
Hometown: Clarkston, MI
I am currently the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director at Mott Community College. The advancement of my education in the physical therapy field is beneficial to me and the students that I have the privilege of teaching. The t-DPT program provides the opportunity to have regular discussion with brilliant faculty and experienced physical therapists from diverse backgrounds. This educational opportunity has allowed me to progress with the profession and to utilize evidence based practice.