Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy admissions information

Admission requests are no longer being accepted for the tDPT Program.

Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy application requirements

Transitional DPT applications must include all required admissions materials; incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. The following items are required:

  1. Complete the WSU Office of Graduate Admissions online application (list your major as Doctor of Physical Therapy). You will be given an access ID to check the status of your application.
  2. Submit official transcripts from the university where you earned your physical therapy degree.
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation; one must be from a licensed physical therapist.
  4. Submit a personal professional statement.
  5. Submit a current resume with evidence of a minimum of two years' experience of post-graduate clinical experience.
  6. Submit a notarized copy of current license to practice physical therapy in the United States or Canada.
  7. Once your university application states "In For Decision", contact Professor Kristina Reid at

Plan of work requirements

A plan of work will be established for Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 admissions.  The plan of work must be followed as outlined for all new applicants seeking admission into the program after Spring/Summer 2018.  This plan of work is established for all core courses; PT 8850 and PT 7990 (or elective) may be taken an semester and/or after all core courses are completed.  Please see the established plan of work below.

Self-directed study or clinical practicum

As part of the tDPT curriculum students may choose to be involved in a Self-Directed Study PT 7900. Registrations of these courses are limited and must be approved by the Director of the DPT Program on an individual basis. You may request to participate in the course by writing a Proposal for Self Study or Practicum.  You may also choose to take an alternative course offered at WSU that meets the requirements of 5000 level course or higher.  All elective courses must be approved by the tDPT coordinator or Physical Therapy Program Director.

Notice of course completion time frame

All current tDPT students must complete all requirements for the tDPT within six years of the start of study or expired course work may need to be repeated or remediated.

All students admitted in Winter 2019 will be expected to complete the core courses in 2 years (6 semesters) as they are offered.  They will have an additional year to complete PT 8850 and PT 7900 (or elective).

Disclaimer: Meeting prerequisites admission requirements and completion of application requirements does not guarantee admissions to Wayne State University or the Physical Therapy program.