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Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Pathway

Panasci, Kate

The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy is a clinical doctoral degree designed for licensed physical therapists seeking to advance their knowledge, skills, and behaviors to a level consistent with professional entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) standards in order to position themselves more strongly in the current health care environment. The mission of the DPT program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is to educate students to be autonomous, evidence-based practitioners who improve the health of people through the application of their clinical skills, collaboration with the other health care professionals, and commitment to life-long learning and community service.

The tDPT differs from an advanced post-professional degree (such as an ScD or Ph.D.) in that it does not focus on the acquisition of advanced or specialized clinical skills, but rather it reflects the augmentation in the physical therapy profession’s body of knowledge and state of practice and should help licensed therapists become autonomous, evidence-based practitioners. Our program is designed to help therapists keep up with the changing expectations of the profession and the public about who a PT is and what we do. The tDPT is offered completely online, allowing students the flexibility to participate in academic studies while maintaining their employment as a PT. This also provides the ideal environment to apply newly-learned information. Our tDPT is designed for the licensed physical therapist whose entry-level clinical degree is at a bachelor’s or master’s level.

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not offer accreditation for post-professional programs in physical therapy, such as the tDPT. TTUHSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Should you have any questions about the program, please e-mail the program director at Kathryn.Panasci@ttuhsc.edu or telephone 806-743-2461. For any questions related to prerequisites, enrollment deadlines, etc., contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at allied.health@ttuhsc.edu or by calling 806-743-3220.

State Authorization

For TTUHSC School of Allied Health Sciences to offer online courses in a state other than Texas, TTUHSC must first comply with that state's requirements. These requirements differ from state to state, with requirements being more rigorous and expensive in some states than others. TTUHSC SOAHS is currently working to gain authorization to offer online courses in all states. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (806-743-3220, allied.health@ttuhsc.edu) for additional information.

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