Online Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) Program

Two-Year Doctoral Degree Designed for Current PT Practitioners

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The University of Michigan-Flint’s Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) program is offered 100% online for currently practicing physical therapists interested in augmenting their bachelor’s or master’s education to earn a DPT degree. In contributing to your professional growth, our t-DPT program enhances your knowledge and skills, broadens your clinical perspective, and prepares you to be a competent doctoral-level physical therapist practitioner.

Program Highlights:

  • Degree Completion Credit Requirements: 24 
  • Average Completion Time: Two Years
  • Program Format: Online
  • University of Michigan: Access to academic/research resources at the Flint, Dearborn, and Ann Arbor campuses.

Why Choose UM-Flint’s t-DPT Program?

Flexible Learning Plan

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we understand that every student has a unique learning path. The t-DPT advisor at UM-Flint helps you design a learning plan to steward your path to achieving the Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. Full-time and part-time enrollment options are also available to help you fit the coursework into your schedule.

For academic advising, please contact Ms. Christina Wixson at

Convenient Online Learning Format

All coursework of the Transitional DPT program is completed online, allowing you to earn your degree while working full-time as a physical therapist in a clinical setting. The convenient online learning format provides you the flexibility to complete your courses anywhere.

Most learning materials are available electronically, and live audio discussions and interactions give you the benefit of real-time collaborative learning.

Expert t-DPT Faculty

At UM-Flint, all t-DPT courses are taught by distinguished, experienced faculty members who are physical therapy practitioners and researchers.  Faculty are committed to your academic achievement and they are dedicated to guiding you through your transition to a doctoral-level PT. Learn more about UM-Flint’s expert PT faculty.


The faculty of the College of Health Sciences is deeply engaged in research. These scholarly pursuits are diverse in subject matter and allow faculty to engage with students, colleagues, the community, and industry on many projects. Check out our leading-edge research activities taking place in CHS.

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

Meet Dr. Nina Chinagozi-Amanze, PT, DPT!
After over a decade of clinical practice in Nigeria, she chose to embark on a tDPT.

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My tDPT program at the University of Michigan-Flint was a remarkable educational experience….I am a more confident, competent, and reflective clinician focusing on expanding my private practice and adding to the existing body of knowledge by venturing into research writing….The tDPT program has changed my approach to clinical  practice.”

Dr. Nina Chinagozi-Amanze, PT, DPT

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Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Curriculum

The t-DPT 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 empowers you to excel as a leader in your field.

UM-Flint’s t-DPT program enhances your learning experience through a variety of teaching formats such as didactic teaching, discussions, presentations, group projects, and case reports. The courses are taught in semesters ranging from 10 to 14 weeks. The average length of program completion is two years. All degree requirements must be completed within three years from the time of initial acceptance.

Review t-DPT courses and curriculum requirements.

National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)

Completion of the t-DPT Program does not confer eligibility to sit for the NPTE for U.S. Licensure. Please contact the appropriate state board for further information on U.S. licensure.

Elevate Your PT Career

While you are allowed to continue practice as a physical therapist with proper licensure, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) does encourage current BPT and MPT to pursue the doctoral level degree. The APTA stated in its previous vision statement: “Physical therapy, by 2020, will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy and who may be board-certified specialists.”

If you are a practicing physical therapist with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, pursuing a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy can increase your clinical competency and help you stay competitive in your PT career.

T-DPT Admission Requirements

To apply to the online t-DPT program at UM-Flint, you must meet the following 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.

How to Apply to the Transitional DPT Program

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

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.

Application Deadlines

To be considered for admission to the t-DPT program, you 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


The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not accredit post-professional physical therapy degree programs such as the Transitional-DPT (t-DPT) program.

Learn More about UM-Flint’s Transitional DPT Program

Building upon your knowledge and experience as a licensed physical therapist, the University of Michigan-Flint’s Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program advances your credentials in providing quality care to your patients.

Take your next step – request information or apply to the t-DPT program today!