The tDPT provides a program of study that bridges the educational gap between bachelor's and master's degree entry-level practitioners in physical therapy and current doctorate entry-level graduates. The tDPT program is designed specifically for practicing physical therapy professionals who earned their entry level professional degree at the bachelor or master degree level. The ASU tDPT program's primary purpose will be to serve our PT alumni interested in attaining the tDPT. However, bachelors and masters level physical therapists from other programs may also apply for admission. The tDPT is planned to be offered as a short term opportunity aimed at serving physical therapists in the Delta Region. The tDPT degree is a three year program, including two summers. The program is completely online allowing practicing clinicians the flexibility to enroll.
The tDPT curriculum includes courses and content that were new or expanded in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curricula beyond what was covered at the master's level. Topics emphasized in the tDPT include those recognized by physical therapy educators and by current practice standards as representative of doctorate level practice in physical therapy. Topics include: evidence based practice, medical screening, differential diagnosis, physical therapist as educator, consulting roles, psychosocial aspects of health and health care, patient-centered care and role of PT in wellness and fitness. Elective hours will also be offered that cover advanced clinical competency in focused practice areas consistent with board certified specialties in physical therapy (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties). Graduate students will earn 28 credits in the tDPT curriculum.
The tDPT curriculum will run concurrently with the DPT curriculum for a minimum of two cycles beginning Fall 2012. Graduate students in the tDPT program will enroll in the DPT courses selected for the tDPT program each semester in a separate section from the DPT students.