Wayne State University


Entry-Level DPT Curriculum

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is for individuals interested in becoming a physical therapist. The curriculum requires a 90-credit, pre-professional program and a three-and-one-half year, 123-credit, professional program.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program provides students with a comprehensive preparation for providing physical therapy services. The curriculum provides students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary for excellence in physical therapy practice. The DPT curriculum requires 10 semesters of full-time course work over the course of 3.5 calendar years. The DPT program is considered a “lock step” curriculum, meaning that the courses are taken in a specific sequence meant to build each students' knowledge and skill. A part-time option is available on a limited basis; however, there is not an evening option.

Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (tDPT) Curriculum

The Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (tDPT) degree program is designed for individuals who have graduated from an accredited physical therapy program and are practicing, licensed physical therapists in the United States with either a BS in Physical Therapy or an MPT. The curriculum is intended to build on the skills, knowledge and experience of practicing clinicians. The program will prepare therapists for autonomous, evidence-based practice by augmenting their knowledge in the areas of differential diagnosis, physical assessment, diagnostic imaging, scientific inquiry and pharmacology.

The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy is a part-time transitional doctorate program. Classes provide a distance learning opportunity with one course offering a two-day laboratory experience on campus. There is an opportunity for students to pursue a special area of interest through the directed study or elective option.