All post-professional D.P.T. courses are 2-credit, fully online courses.
The program can be completed in one to three years, or one and half to three years for the internationally educated.
Pricing schedule makes the program affordable and competitive.
Students can start any semester, and most courses can be taken in any sequence.
Course waivers based on experience documented in a portfolio are possible for up to 6 credits.
Students network and interact with nationally recognized faculty and peers.
Students can take two courses before formal application and matriculation.
Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program is ranked 20th among the 217 accredited programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
The profession and practice of physical therapy is rapidly changing. The demands imposed upon a physical therapist today are very different from those of even five or 10 years ago. These demands often go beyond the formal education provided in more traditional entry-level programs. Therapists increasingly are required to justify their practice patterns based on research evidence, to take on consulting and supervisory roles, and to provide administrative expertise and leadership.
Offered completely online, this program gives practicing clinicians easy access to make their formal education congruent with students graduating from entry-level DPT programs. The program’s goal is to educate clinicians to achieve practice consistent with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Vision 2020 and beyond. Graduates will function with a high degree of professionalism and possess the requisite knowledge, skills and behaviors to practice physical therapy in a truly scientific manner (i.e., using evidence-based practice).
Graduates will demonstrate the ability to do the following:
Solve clinical problems using evidence.
Critically evaluate current literature and popular theories.
Communicate professionally through scientific writing.
Function as an effective teacher at multiple levels—with patients, students, peers, and the public.
Lead others and advocate effectively (serve as a consultant or manager).
Enhance skills required to be a lifelong independent learner.
This is a program for practicing professionals who want to learn from and interact with nationally recognized faculty and exceptional peers. The program is highly interactive and capitalizes on the wealth of knowledge clinicians bring with them.
Therapists educated in the United States can take two courses before formal application and acceptance into the TDPT program, while internationally-educated therapists may take up to three courses to satisfy credentialing deficits. Acceptance into a course does not guarantee admission into the program.
To be accepted into the TDPT program, the following program-specific requirements must be met:
A graduate application must be completed online. Be prepared to include the following items when applying:
Proof of graduation (official transcript) from a physical therapist degree program accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education (currently CAPTE) with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
Current license to practice physical therapy in the United States
Three written recommendations (professional or academic, such as an employer, manager, coworker, colleague, professor, etc. Please note: friends are not acceptable references.)
Brief essay articulating goals for D.P.T. study.
Basic computer skills including Internet and email.
A computer system that meets the requirements is described here.
Students will be required to complete an online plagiarism training module and submit a certificate of completion prior to beginning their first class. Complete instructions will be communicated at the time of acceptance into the program or registration for a course.
Additional Admission Requirements for Internationally Educated Physical Therapists
Proof of graduation (official transcript) from a government-recognized physical therapist degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Please include a GPA report, if available.
Official transcripts from any U.S. Colleges/Universities attended.
PT Credentialing report (official) from an agency approved by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Approved agencies include the following: FCCPT, CGFNS, ICD, ICA, UTA, IERF
If you are NY PT licensed and do not have a course-by-course evaluation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand).
Please note, as an International Student in the TDPT program:
We will not issue an I-20.
Your U.S. state PT license must be valid for the duration of the program. If your state license is only valid for 2 years, you must complete all required courses and finish the last course by the expiration date of your license.
Formally Apply for Admission to the Transitional DPT Program
Withdrawing from Classes: Requests to withdraw from a class must be submitted to the program administrator by the withdraw deadline (end of the fourth week of classes for a seven-week class, end of the eighth week of classes for 15-week class). Requests submitted after this deadline will only be considered in extenuating circumstances. Students may withdraw from a maximum of two courses during the program.
Expenses for 2019-20
Prior to acceptance into the program, all students will be billed on a per-credit basis. The current tuition rate is $800/credit. Each course in the curriculum is 2 credits. See www.arcadia.edu/gradtuition
Upon matriculation into the program, students may choose one of two payment options:
They may continue to be billed on a per credit basis.
They may choose to be billed the package price for the entire program. Tuition paid for courses taken prior to matriculation will be credited to the student account.
The package price for students trained in a CAPTE accredited program is $10,500*, billed over 6 equal installments of $1,750/semester (plus semester fees, see below).
The package price for internationally-trained students is $11,500*, billed over 6 equal installments of $1,917/semester (plus semester fees, see below).
* Program package prices will be effective for new matriculated students beginning with the Summer 2019 term.
Registration: approximately $50 per semester, subject to change
Technology: approximately $100 per semester, subject to change
Portfolio Review (if course waiver is requested): $200
Additional expenses for textbooks and course materials will also apply.
Our TDPT program is fully online, there is no requirement to be on campus.
Do I need a Master’s degree to apply for the TDPT program?
We accept students with entry-level PT education at the bachelor’s and/or master’s degree level, as long as you have a valid U.S. PT license.
How many credits do I need to complete for the TDPT degree?
The program is 18 credits for U.S.-educated therapists and 22 for foreign-trained PTs. However, students may apply to waive up to 6 credits. The minimum number of credits required for degree completion are 12 credits for U.S.-trained therapists and 16 credits for foreign-trained PTs.
Can I apply for a course waiver for any of the TDPT courses?
Yes, for some courses. But, course waiver requests are evaluated on the specific portfolio review criteria (available when you are accepted to the program). You will be charged an additional fee for review of your portfolio. Please note that course waiver is not guaranteed.
Do you have special "track/degree of specialization" that you offer such as Orthopedics or Athletic Conditioning/Training?
There is some elective coursework that you can take for orthopedic, cardiopulmonary or neurology (one out of these), but we do not offer a specific track at this point. Please check our website for updates.
How long will it take to complete the program?
It will take about one to three years, or one and a half to three years for internationally educated students, to complete the required coursework.
What are the application deadlines for the program?
We have rolling admission; thus you may apply whenever you are ready. Review of the application may take up to 6 weeks. Further, most courses are 2 credits and run in 7 week units, so the wait time to start a course after registration may be 1–7 weeks. Since many of our courses run synchronously, you will only be able to register for courses that are offered in each semester. Visit the Schedule tab for details about the courses offered in each semester.
What is the course structure i.e., do we have any exams or assignments only? Do we need to just view videos or is there formal class time?
In general, every course is structured differently based on the content area that is taught. We use a variety of tools such as multiple choice questions, quizzes and self-reflection assignments to test students. Most classes also require synchronous (“live” class discussion) and asynchronous (discussion board) participation. We have many clinicians from the U.S. and around the world representing a vast amount of expertise you can all benefit and learn from. This program is based on principles of adult learning. Adult learning is a lot like what you do in your role as a clinical professional. You cannot learn passively any more than our patients can get stronger with passive exercise!
Which degree will I be awarded on completion of the TDPT program?
You will be awarded a “Doctor of Physical Therapy” degree when you graduate from the program. Words like “online”, “transitional” and/or “distance learning” are not included on the degree certificate.
What is the payment structure of the program?
Visit the Expenses tab on the TDPT program site for details about expenses and payments. Cost of textbooks and materials is not included in our package price. Also, the University charges an additional fee each semester which is not included in the package price.
Additional Information For International Students
Do you offer an I-20 (needed to apply for non-immigrant F-visa) for students enrolled in the TDPT program?
At this point, we do not offer an I-20 to students in our post-professional program.
I am working on completing educational deficits for my license eligibility, can I register for courses in TDPT program?
Yes, currently, you may register for up to three courses pre-licensure for credentialing purposes. You can apply formally to the TDPT program after you receive PT licensure in the United States. If accepted into the program, you will not have to repeat the courses that you took pre-licensure. Please note: Acceptance into a course does not guarantee admission into the program.
Can a person currently not residing in the U.S. or a non-U.S. citizen apply for the program?
Yes! We welcome applications from all students. However, you must be a U.S.-licensed PT to graduate from the TDPT program. Our TDPT program is fully online. The program is highly interactive and capitalizes on the wealth of knowledge clinicians bring with them.
Is the TDPT program accredited?
CAPTE, the accrediting body for Physical Therapy programs, does not provide for accreditation of post-professional programs. However, our entry-level DPT program is accredited.
Will your program be sufficient to satisfy visa screening for USCIS requirements?
Only a credentialing agency that issues work certificates (Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT), CGFNS International Inc.) or United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can determine if the program fulfills their requirements. Since our entry-level DPT is CAPTE-accredited, we believe our TDPT will be accepted by FCCPT/CGFNS, but individuals should check with the respective agencies.
What are the specific admissions requirements for foreign-trained PTs?
Please visit our TDPT website for admissions criteria for all students, including criteria for foreign-trained. In particular, for foreign-trained students, we will need:
Credentialing report from an agency approved by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)
Official U.S. transcripts, if you have completed a Master’s degree in the U.S. (Example. MS in Rehab Science, Exercise Science, Kinesiology etc.)
Transcripts and GPA report (if available) from all physical therapist programs attended. Foreign physical therapy colleges/universities must be government recognized in that country.
A copy of your US license (Your U.S. state PT license must be valid for the duration of the program)
TOEFL score. The score can be a part of your FCCPT package or can be submitted separately.