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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.



  • 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.




Degree candidates must attain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher and receive no course grade below a C (2.0).

A. Core Courses

  • PTP 871 - Post-Professional Evidence-Based Practice (2).
  • PTP 894 - Post-Professional Service Learning (1).

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 must take a selection of the following courses:

  • PTP 623 - Introduction to Musculoskeletal Imaging (1).
  • PTP 624 - Systems Review and Screening in Clinical Decision Making (3).
  • PTP 625 - Advanced Medical Imaging for Diverse Populations (1).
  • PTP 712 - Post-Professional Neuroscience in Physical Therapy (2).
  • PTP 732 - Pediatric Examination and Intervention in Practice (3).
  • PTP 747 - Examination and Intervention in Practice for Integument Conditions (2).
  • PTP 748 - Post-Professional Pharmacology in Physical Therapy (2).
  • PTP 786 - Post-Professional Geriatrics in Physical Therapy (2).
  • PTP 861 - Literature Analysis in Evidence-Based Practice (2).
  • PTP 870 - Assistive Technology in Accessibility (1).
  • PTP 871 - Post-Professional Evidence-Based Practice (2).
  • PTP 881 - Teaching, Learning and Health Education (2).
  • PTP 891 - Post-Professional Management in PT Practice (3).


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
*Waivers for English Proficiency will not be entertained by the Physical Therapy department for this program. 

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.

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       July 1

Winter     Nov 1

Spring     March 1


CAPTE Statement

The Professional DPT Program at the University of Michigan-Flint
is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy
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