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About the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Entry Terms 
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Available 100% Online: Yes

Application Deadlines:
Domestic Students:
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis up until the desired term of entry

International Students:
Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis up until the desired term of entry

Credits Required for Graduation
26 quarter hours

Practicing physical therapists can obtain their Doctor of Physical Therapy degree through the innovative transitional DPT program. This program is designed for the working professional with demanding careers, using online course offerings to provide flexibility and convenience.

Unique Features:

  • Designed for practicing physical therapists who currently hold a baccalaureate or master's degree in physical therapy.
  • Online program allows for flexibility for working professionals.
  • Students will have the opportunity to select a clinical track or educational track
  • Structured so that candidates may complete their coursework and doctoral projects in as few as 1-2 years.

Northeastern has courses that were designed for students who have a clinical/educational deficiency within a certain topic area that needs completion prior to obtaining licensure within the United States.

Examples of some of these courses are: 

  • Cultural Competency in Physical Therapy
  • Consultation, Delegation & Screening
  • Integumentary
  • Metabolic Diseases

"The tDPT program helped me improve my critical thinking process and look at my patients from a more evidence-based and patient-centered approach. During classes, I was able to collaborate with physical therapists from different states and countries to see PT from their points of view." - Dr. Kellie Bedoni '17
About Northeastern

The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Northeastern University enables you to create the educational experience that best meets your career and life goals. Recognized as a top 50-research university, our public health master’s program offers a dynamic learning environment, fueled, informed, and inspired by professionally-oriented, hands-on study.

Experiential learning. Industry-aligned coursework. Flexible study options. Our public health master’s program also allows you access to a global network of faculty practitioners, corporate partners, distinguished alumni, and fellow students. Together, these form the cornerstone of an education that’s innovative, yet relevant; practical, yet transformative.

  • Experiential learning—the integration of classroom study with professional experience—is at the heart of every degree program, online, on campus, or hybrid.
  • Join an ever-expanding global network of more than 3,350 corporate partners and 255,000 alumni, with a powerful presence in more than 179 countries.
  • Discover a graduate education designed to satisfy the needs of both the student and the industry.
  • Experience an innovative online education model driven by cognitive science, informed by employers, and powered by experiential learning.
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Find out how a Northeastern degree can help you advance your career.  Consult our enrollment coaches to learn more about the tDPT program.