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National Physical Therapist Examination (NPTE)

Completion of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
does not confer eligibility to sit for National Physical Therapist
Examination for US licensure. 

Please contact the appropriate state board for further information
on US licensure.

Admission Requirements


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent in another country
  • Current Physical Therapy license or registration (or equivalent)
  • Overall 3.0 GPA or higher (4.0 scale) in the physical therapy degree
  • Current Resume or CV
  • Current CPR certification (or equivalent) [if applying to a clinical specialization]

The Graduate Admission Office is ready to answer any questions and lend a hand with applying to the t-DPT program.


Post-Professional t-DPT Degree Requirements

  • Degree candidates must attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 "B" or higher and no course grade below "C".
  • Students must complete 24 credits. The number of credits required to complete the Online Post-Professional t-DPT program depends on your educational background. Generally, master's-prepared, licensed PTs can complete the online Post-Professional t-DPT program taking 7 to 9 courses. Baccalaureate-prepared, licensed PTs can complete the program taking 9 to 15 courses, depending on prior experience. UM-Flint’s Post-Professional t-DPT program is consistent with guidelines set by the APTA and offers courses relevant to advance clinical practice. The program recognizes the contribution experience plays in developing physical therapy leaders and presents courses with immediate applicability to real world practice. Topics may include neuroscience, pharmacology, radiology, primary care and differential diagnosis, advanced clinical decision-making, teaching, learning, pediatrics, geriatrics, health education and wellness promotion.
  • Up to two courses (6-8 credits) may be substituted based on previous coursework. UM-Flint MPT Graduates may possibly substitute up to three courses or 12 credit hours. 
  • The Service Learning Practicum (PTP 894) and Case Study Capstone (PTP 871) 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. See Post-Professional Programs Leave of Absence Policy in the On-Line Post-Professional Handbook.

Application for Graduate Admission

Apply online or with a paper application

Application fee (non-refundable) payable to the University of Michigan-Flint

Copy of current Physical Therapy license issued in the United States or Canada (If license has lapsed, submit a copy of most recent license.)
Official transcript from the institution where the baccalaureate degree was earned and from the institution where the Physical Therapy degree was earned (if different from the college of the baccalaureate degree)
Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's scholarly and/or professional ability

International students must submit additional documentation

Copy of Educational Credential Review if educated outside the United States: FCCPT recommended for those licensed in the U.S. or Canada; all others may use an appropriate service such as FCCPT, ECE, or WES

English Proficiency

Following receipt of all application materials, the Department of Physical Therapy may schedule a brief telephone interview to discuss the applicant's educational goals and learning objectives for the program.

Admissions file completion determines program start date.

Application Deadlines


To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs on or before the application deadline.

Fall*        May 1

Winter     Oct 1

Spring     March 1

*International students must apply by March 1 for the fall semester

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CAPTE Statement

Expectation that institutions clearly indicate on their website and other public information that programs not subject to CAPTE accreditation are not accredited by CAPTE. [§8.19(3)]