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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, and prepare you to be a competent doctoral-level physical therapist practioner.

  • 24 credits to degree completion
  • Average Time: Two Years
  • Tuition is competitive.  Please visit the Students Account website.


Full-time and part-time enrollment flexibility gives you the option to complete your t-DPT as it fits your schedule. 


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 in the US and around the world. PT faculty are committed to mentoring 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

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



Individualized Learning Plan

Each student’s curriculum is based on individualized learning plans. Physical therapists with Bachelors or Masters entry-level PT degrees must earn 24 credits to earn a t-DPT.  Our Program Advisors will work with you to develop a Plan of Study. 

  • PTP 623 - Introduction to Musculoskeletal Imaging (1) - Winter Semester
  • PTP 624 - Systems Review and Screening in Clinical Decision Making (3) -  Fall Semester
  • PTP 625 - Advanced Medical Imaging for Diverse Populations (1) - Spring Semester
  • PTP 712 - Post-Professional Neuroscience in Physical Therapy (2) - Winter Semester
  • PTP 732 - Pediatric Examination and Intervention in Practice (3) - Fall Semester
  • PTP 747 - Examination and Intervention in Practice for Integument Conditions (2) - Winter Semester
  • PTP 748 - Post-Professional Pharmacology in Physical Therapy (2) - Spring Semester
  • PTP 786 - Post-Professional Geriatrics in Physical Therapy (2) - Spring Semester
  • PTP 861 - Literature Analysis in Evidence-Based Practice (2) - Fall Semester
  • PTP 870 - Assistive Technology in Accessibility (1) - Winter Semester
  • PTP 871 - Post-Professional Evidence-Based Practice (2)* - Winter Semester 
  • PTP 881 - Teaching, Learning and Health Education (2) - Spring Semester
  • PTP 891 - Post-Professional Management in PT Practice (3) - Fall Semester
  • PTP 894 - Post-Professional Service Learning (1)* - Winter Semester

*Must be completed by all students for degree completion


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 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 Physical Therapy Department 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 Post Professional Transitional DPT (t-DPT) Program at the
University of Michigan-Flint is not accredited by the Commission on
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