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Transitional Physical Therapy

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy transitional degree program is a distance education professional doctorate program designed for practicing physical therapists already holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree who wish to enhance their skills and professional status. Graduates of the ATSU physical therapy program possess the most current knowledge in the field. The program uses the web-based tools to provide frequent, high-quality peer/faculty interaction.

The length of each student’s plan of study depends upon a prior learning assessment (PLA) of current knowledge and skills as defined by the American Physical Therapy Association’s “Normative Model of Physical Therapist Professional Education, Version 2000”. The Physical Therapist Evaluation Tool (PTET) is used to organize information and to facilitate tle PLA in a cost-effective manner. Exceptional physical therapists may complete the program in as little as one year. The average time will be 12 to 18 months. Each student should expect to spend eight to 10 hours of study per week for each course to successfully complete the program. Students take one to two module every six weeks.  Programs are available for non-USA educated, non-degree seeking and non-USA trained physical therapists.

For more information, please visit the Transitional Physical Therapy program page at ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences.