Physical Therapy (Transitional DPT)

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT)

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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 practitioner.

  • 24 credits minimum to degree completion
  • Average Time: Two Years
  • Tuition is competitive

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

Comprehensive Curriculum
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.

Convenient Format
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.

U-M Resources
As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan community, you’ll also have access to academic and research resources at the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Physical Therapy from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or its equivalent in another country
  • U.S. physical therapy license or registration (or equivalent in the home country)
  • Overall 3.0 GPA or higher (4.0 scale) in the physical therapy degree
  • Current Resume or CV

State Authorization for Online Students
In recent years, the federal government has emphasized the need for 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, please visit the State Authorization page to verify the status of UM-Flint with your state.

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

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.

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 – July 1
  • Winter – November 1
  • Spring – March 1

National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)
Completion of the t-DPT Program does not confer eligibility to sit for the NPTE for US Licensure. Please contact the appropriate state board for further information on US licensure.


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The Post Professional Transitional DPT (t-DPT) Program at the University of Michigan-Flint is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: