Physical Therapy Post-Professional Transitional Program (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

t-DPT Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 24 credits. Up to two courses six (6) credits may be substituted based on previous coursework; UM-Flint MPT graduates may possibly substitute up to three courses or 12 credits.  Courses taken more than 5 years prior to the semester in which the student starts the program will not be considered for substitution.  All substitutions must be specified in the initial learning contract.  The Service Learning Practicum and Case Study Capstone may not be waived by any student.  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 3.0 or higher and receive no course grade below C.

t-DPT Course Requirements

A.    Core courses. 
        PTP 871 - Post-Professional Evidence-Based Practice.   
        PTP 894 - Post-Professional Service Learning.  

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 603 - Independent Study for Physical Therapy Students.  
       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 712 - Post-Professional Neuroscience in Physical Therapy.  
PTP 732 - Pediatric Examination and Intervention in Practice. 
       PTP 747 - Examination and Intervention in Practice for Integument Conditions.  
       PTP 748 - Post-Professional Pharmacology in Physical Therapy.   
       PTP 786 - Post-Professional Geriatrics in Physical Therapy.    
       PTP 861 - Literature Analysis in Evidence-Based Practice.   
       PTP 870 - Assistive Technology in Accessibility.  

       PTP 871 - Post-Professional Evidence-Based Practice.  
       PTP 881 - Teaching, Learning and Health Education.     
       PTP 891 - Post-Professional Management in PT Practice.         

Sequence Requirements
Courses in the post-professional program are intended to be taken in a prescribed sequence. The curriculum is not just a series of courses but instead a professional program in which appropriate sequence is important to assure intended educational outcomes. 

Transfer Credit
Transfer of courses taken within five years prior to admission to the t-DPT program for a total of up to 6 credits (12 credits for UM-Flint MPT graduates) remains the prerogative of the Physical Therapy faculty .


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