Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) Online

Make A Move That Helps You and Others Make the Most of Life

You’ll learn with a recognized leader in tDPT online programs as you earn the credential that validates your years of experience – and is recommended by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for all physical therapy providers. Practitioner-based faculty work with you to take control of the entire physical therapy practice – from consultation to diagnosis to developing patient-specific treatment plans.

Utica University’s fully online and flexible degree program enables you to balance your personal and professional responsibilities while gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to create positive change for your practice.

8 Courses/18-19 Total Credits

A Best Online tDPT Programs1

4 Semesters

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How Do You Know You’ll Be Properly Prepared?

Utica University’s immersive curriculum is built around APTA’s Vision 2020 recommendations to ensure practitioners are current with both educational and clinical doctoral degree standards. The core curriculum is followed by a capstone course.

The online tDPT program is designed for all licensed physical therapists living in the United States, who may enter the program with a certificate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in physical therapy. Individuals who are living in the US but not yet licensed, OR who live outside of the US, need to contact us to determine their specific admission requirements.

Core Courses

Core Courses are available on your schedule and designed to prepare you for success as a practitioner in a constantly evolving health care industry. Qualified and experienced clinicians lead discussions in four content areas.

  • Foundations of Autonomous Practice
  • Prevention and Wellness
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

How You Can Go Beyond the Classroom

Utica’s practicum enables you to tailor your degree to fit your personal needs and professional interests. It also is ideal preparation for a specialty examination in a wide variety of practice areas.

Professional In-Service

Creation of an educational in-service program


Creation of a teaching-learning discovery program

Community Health Projects

Identification of a public health issue related to a community need and the generation of a program or mechanism for addressing that issue

Preparation for Clinical Specialty

Prepare for advanced certification with the expectation that you’ll publish and/or present in a professional forum

How Will You Learn & Grow?

Online learning is soaring in popularity, especially for those with irregular schedules and no/little access to a physical campus. Utica University presents online learners with the same rigorous curriculum, esteemed faculty, alumni network, and collaborative community found on campus. Make the decision to acquire the knowledge and skills that could take you to the next step in life and Utica University will be here to support you every step of the way.

Where Can You Go with Your TDPT?

With an in-depth understanding of direct-access physical therapy, you’ll be prepared to capitalize on the growing demand for top-quality practitioners in a wide variety of fields.

Popular positions for doctors of physical therapy (with average annual base salaries) include:

  1. Lead Physical Therapist ($80,006)2
  2. Physical Therapist Director ($87,889)2
  3. Senior Physical Therapist ($85,965)2
  4. Pediatric Physical Therapist ($66,242)2

10 Fast-Growing Physical Therapy Specialties:

  1. Pediatrics
  2. Sports Medicine
  3. Women’s Issues
  4. Geriatrics
  5. Orthopedics
  6. Neurology
  7. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  8. Clinical Electrophysiology
  9. Oncology
  10. Alternate Therapies, such as light therapy, dry needling, and therapeutic taping

Note to Foreign Students: The Utica University tDPT curriculum does not provide the education that offers a path for U.S. licensure as a physical therapist and/or a visa to practice physical therapy in the United States.

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  1. “The 5 Best Online Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Programs in 2021,” Retrieved March 2021 from
  2. “Average Lead Physical Therapist (PT) Salary,” PayScale, Inc. Retrieved March 2021 from