The School of Physical Therapy is approved to offer a professional physical therapy doctoral degree.
The Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), which began August 2009, is a non-research intensive initial preparation professional doctorate leading to an initial position as a physical therapist. This curriculum includes both traditional residential, on-line and clinical courses. The plan of study for the ELDPT is 126 semester credits taken over three calendar years. Students are expected to enroll full-time in this program.
All classes use multi-formats including lecture, discussion, collaborative groups, interactive laboratories, and web-enhanced modules. All lecture classes are recorded on streamed-video for independent study and replay. On-line courses use multiple media such as streamed video, PowerPoint presentations with audio narration, discussion boards, real-time messaging, student collaboration, and incorporation of multiple document formats such as word processing, pdf, HTML, MP3, and graphics.
Clinical learning is coordinated with community agencies and affiliating clinical practice sites offering physical therapy services in a variety of health care and educational settings. Students are supervised in clinical learning settings by licensed physical therapists that hold adjunct faculty appointments to TUN.