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2021 Graduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
2021 Graduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) [ARCHIVED CATALOG - Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Post-Professional Transitional Program for Licensed Physical Therapists (PPtDPT)

Utica College’s highly regarded online post-professional transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PPtDPT) offers practicing licensed physical therapists the post-professional degree they need to advance their careers via a convenient online format. Courses are all facilitated by qualified and experienced clinicians with real world experience.

Designed specifically for licensed physical therapy professionals with BS/MS degree credentials, the online post-professional tDPT program is competitively priced and committed to provide each student with an individualized program of study that takes into account prior education. While a student in the program can take as many of the course offerings as they wish, our goal is to streamline the process so that tDPT students only take the courses they need. Students can complete the tDPT program in as few as 16 months. The online tDPT curriculum is designed to augment your current knowledge, gained through entry-level education that was designed prior to the advent of doctoral level preparation. This program provides guidance to obtain the professional recognition and credentials consistent with the clinical practice expectations in a direct-access environment. It builds on the skills, knowledge and experience of practicing clinicians and entitles graduates to the title of Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

Today’s clinician must be prepared to act as consultant, educator, administrator, and clinical scholar, which requires advanced skills in critical thinking in addition to the traditional entry-level preparation of the past.

Student Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate the ability to locate and critically analyze the literature to develop hypotheses to guide clinical decisions for patients/clients.
  • Use computer and/or telecommunication technology to gather information to address clinical questions and about efficacy of practice
  • Integrate cultural competence into professional behavior and clinical encounters with all clients.
  • Appraise levels of sensitivity and specificity of evidence to make clinical judgments.
  • Integrate research evidence, patient values & preferences, ethics and clinical experience to examine patient/clients across the lifespan.
  • Display adherence to physical therapy core values and professional standards.


Academic Requirements (18 Credit Hours)

Capstone Threads

Community Health Program

Teaching and Learning

Professional Inservice

Case Report Writing

Advanced Clinical Practice


Variable credit for PHT 816  depends on the structure and focus of the practicum.