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 while learning in a collaborative environment with clinicians from around the world.

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.



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 an individualized learning plan. Physical therapists with bachelors or masters entry-level PT degrees frequently must take a selection of the following courses:

  • PTP 603 - Post-Professional Independent Study for Physical Therapy Students (1-5)
  • 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)

Additional information on the Post-Professional Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) Program including course descriptions can be found in the catalog



  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Physical Therapy from a regionally 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

The federal government requires universities and colleges to be in compliance with the distance education laws of each individual state. If you are an out-of-state student intending to enroll in an online program, especially if it leads to professional licensure, please visit umflint.edu/oel/state-authorization-distance-education to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $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.)
  • 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 baccalaureate degree)
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate your scholarly and/or professional ability
  • 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
  • Proof of English proficiency as required (see below)
  • International students must submit additional documentation. Visit the International Students page for details.
    • This includes English proficiency requirements listed here. Waivers of this requirement are not allowed for the T-DPT program.

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).

Application Deadlines

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

  • Fall - July 1
  • Winter - November 1
  • Spring - March 1