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Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who or what is A. T. Still University (ATSU)? What connection does Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) have with Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM)?
  2. Does each class of new enrollees generally fill up each quarter? Are students turned away?
  3. Why is the expanded portfolio required for admissions?
  4. How often do you enroll students into your program?
  5. How long are the courses? How many courses do you take at one time?
  6. Why is HP800 Medical Informatics required?
  7. How many courses will I have to take the complete the program? How long will it take for me to complete the program? Can I take a break while in the program?
  8. What type of assignments are used in the courses?
  9. Am I required to be at my computer at a specific time for classes?
  10. How much time will I spend on my courses?
  11. When a student is accepted how is their plan of study and schedule determined? Is there flexibility once the schedule is set?
  12. Do you work with employer-based tuition reimbursement programs?
  13. Is the tuition due in one lump sum or in payment installments?

Answers

  1. Who or what is A. T. Still University (ATSU)? What connection does Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS) have with Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM)?
    A.T. Still University is a graduate health professions institution composed of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Health Management (SHM), the Arizona School of Health Sciences, the Arizona School of Dental & Oral Health (ASDOH), and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA). The University is located on two campuses, with KCOM and SHM located in Kirksville, Missouri, and ASHS, ASDOH, and SOMA located in Mesa, Arizona.

  2. Does each class of new enrollees generally fill up each quarter? Are students turned away?
    ASHS started the TDPT program in September 2002 and was the first completely online TDPT program. Since then, 50-75 students have enrolled each quarter. Most students who meet the admission requirements will be selected. Students who do not meet all requirements, such as minimum grade point average, acceptable baccalaureate degree, or valid PT licensure will not be accepted into the program.


  3. Why is the expanded portfolio required for admissions?
    The expanded portfolio helps the admissions committee develop the individualized academic plan of study. Each applicant applying to the program has their own unique professional experience. The expanded portfolio highlights key areas such as employment, professional activities, formal education, continuing education, and life experiences. All of these areas are taken into account in determining advance credit decisions and the required Plan of Study.

  4. How often do you enroll students into your program?
    We enroll students quarterly (4 times a year).

  5. How long are the courses? How many courses do you take at one time?
    Each quarter is made up of two six-week course sessions. Students normally take one course each session, however, some students take two courses a session.
  6. Why is HP800 Medical Informatics required?
    It is a pre-requisite for all other PT courses in our program. Each student is required to take it. (degree seeking and non-degree seeking) It is designed to provide you with the necessary basic tools to succeed in our online curriculum. This course provides detailed instructions on the use of the Blackboard Campus Edition course learning platform, computer terminology and file management and an introduction to graduate level writing. The course will also cover production of scholarly work, articles citation, and avoiding plagiarism. The skills learned in the course will be key in ensuring your success in future courses within the program.
  7. How many courses will I have to take to complete the program? How long will it take for me to complete the program? Can I take a break while in the program?
    Each student has an individualized academic degree plan so each plan of study varies. The average student takes 12-15 courses. The most common courses to take are Radiology, Pharmacology, Professional Practice, Evidence Based Practice, and Differential Diagnosis. Students have an option to take planned breaks while in the program, however, the program must be notified ahead of time.

  8. What type of assignments are used in the courses?
    The course work is guided using Blackboard, a web-based courseware program. Depending on the instructor, you will get reading assignments, PowerPoint lectures (some with narration), and written lectures. Assignments include papers, reflective responses to questions posted to a class bulletin board, quizzes, projects, etc.
  9. Am I required to be at my computer at a specific time for classes?
    Students do not have to be at their computer at any set time. Assignments are due weekly and students can complete the work at any given time during the week.
  10. How much time will I spend on my courses?
    Most students spend 10-15 hours per week for a 2 credit hour course and 15-20 hours per week for a 3 credit hour course.

  11. Is there any flexibility to change my class schedule?
    Students receive an individualized academic degree plan and schedule once the student has been accepted into the program.. If a change to the schedule is needed the student may request changes by contacting the program manager.


  12. Do you work with employer-based tuition reimbursement programs?
    Yes, the tDPT program can work with most reimbursement programs. Since most academic degree plans cross two calendar years, many students have received almost full reimbursement for the program.

  13. Is the tuition due in one lump sum or in payment installments?
    Tuition can be paid either in one sum or can be paid in four installment payments.