Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) Program Overview
Are you ready to take your physical therapy training to the next level?
Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree by enrolling in Marymount University’s Transitional DPT (tDPT) program*. Offered in partnership with Rehab Essentials, a leader in online physical therapy education, this innovative and fully online curriculum is designed for U.S. licensed physical therapists who hold a master’s degree in physical therapy and choose to transition their academic credentials to the DPT.
- Flexible, affordable, and fully remote
Our cost-effective pathway to a tDPT degree allows you to complete the program from virtually anywhere, so you don’t have to sacrifice your schedule or budget.
- A comprehensive, innovative curriculum
The tDPT curriculum is taught by nationally recognized faculty and is strongly rooted in evidence-based practice. PT doctoral degree recipients are better educated practitioners prepared to become leaders in their field.
- Connect with the best
Students enrolled in Marymount’s top-tier tDPT program connect with a diverse, online community of experienced health care professionals. Advance your critical thinking, clinical knowledge, and practices that are vital to growing successful careers in physical therapy. Active discussion forums promote peer review, professional development, networking, and collaboration to improve delivery of patient care.
For more information about Marymount’s transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, please visit our partner, Rehab Essentials, or contact Jonathan Scheeler, tDPT Coordinator, at 720-507-8333.
*Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not accredit transitional or post-professional DPT programs.
Applicants must be residents of Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia (DC), Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, or Virginia. Non-residents, please visit rehabessentials.com.
If you attained your BPT or BSPT from a CAPTE-accredited institute:
- Official transcript
- Copy of U.S. Physical Therapy license
If you attained your BPT or BSPT from a non-CAPTE (or foreign) institute:
- Official transcript
- Copy of U.S. Physical Therapy license
- Academic equivalency documentation demonstrating U.S. Masters in PT equivalency from World Education Services (WES) or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE)
Program Curriculum Snapshot
Screening for Medical Disorders
This course explores the therapist’s role as an interdependent practitioner working within a collaborative medical model. Included are patient diagnoses and identifying patient/client’s health status.
Medical Imaging in Rehabilitation
This course provides the physical therapy clinical doctoral learner with the tools needed to interpret and apply musculoskeletal medical imaging information to the rehabilitation patient. Also covered are comprehensive patient evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, and physician interaction.
Pharmacology in Rehabilitation
This course will present the primary drug classes and the physiologic basis of their action. Drugs are identified according to their general effects and the type of disorders they are routinely used to treat. Emphasis will be placed on drug therapy interactions with physical therapy and the beneficial effects, as well as adverse side effects they have on rehabilitation.
Career and Salary Possibilities
Physical therapists are employed by:
- General medical and surgical hospitals
- Home health care services
- Offices of physicians
- Specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 21% growth in physical therapy jobs from 2020 to 2030, a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.
Median pay for Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates in 2021 was $95,620.
Meet Our Faculty
Welcome to the School of Health Sciences in the College of Health and Education at Marymount University. We are extremely proud of our programs and are excited to share some of the features that make us unique. Our School is dedicated to providing quality education to improve the lives of our patients and clients in the ever-changing health care landscape.
The School has undergraduate programs (Bachelor’s in Health Science with specializations in Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Professional, Public Health, and Exercise Science), graduate programs (Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master’s in Public Health Education & Promotion), and post-professional transitional doctoral programs (t-Doctor of Physical Therapy and t-Doctorate in Occupational Therapy).
The faculty and staff in our programs are committed to the success of our students, and have built a curricular framework that focuses on critical thinking, professionalism, and leadership. Our emphasis on intellectual curiosity, service to others, and a global perspective allows us to provide a learning environment that respects each individual student. The School has a deeply-held belief in servant leadership and prepares our students to advocate for the health of individuals and communities.
Our campus is placed in an ideal location at the intersection of expert practice and policy. The success of the School is facilitated by our excellent relationship with multiple internship sites, which include clinics, businesses, hospitals, and health-related nonprofits in the D.C. metro area. Our connection to several national associations such as the American Public Health Association (APHA), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) enriches the connection between learning in the classroom and best practices in these disciplines. Our location in Arlington, Va., is a mere 5 miles from several of these associations.
I am honored to be the Director of a School that is grounded in excellence and service. Please explore our website to learn more about our faculty, students, and staff, and our many initiatives that are shaping the future of health across the globe.
Skye Donovan, PT, PhD
Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Professor and Director, School of Health Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
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