Program Overview

The College of Health Professions and Social Work has made available to students an online transitional degree program for practicing physical therapists to earn a Doctorate designation. The online transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program recognizes a professional therapist’s demanding schedule and provides a flexible learning environment for earning the additional courses needed for entry into a Doctorate program.

The focused curriculum is comprised of nine courses, each delving into a specific area of interest for physical therapists to develop and expand their range of practice. The courses include the Advanced Study of Diagnostics, Pharmacology, and Motor Control and Human Movement, among others. Also, the core curriculum emphasizes a solid understanding of the healthcare system, diagnostic imaging, and a full compliance with ethical standards and critical decision-making.

The web-based format allows students to be in constant communication with fellow students, faculty, and educators to share in questions, assignments, and lecture materials to gain the most benefit from the program. Earning the transitional degree through this online format may be ideal for physical therapists to gain necessary knowledge while remaining in current positions and satisfying obligations that restrict attendance to the physical campus.

Graduates should be able to apply the tDPT degree when interacting with patients, clients, families, and those involved with providing physical care to individuals in need. Successful students who complete the required coursework should be able to competently perform as guided by the Commission of Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education. The accrediting association ensures students practice in compliance with legal standards, institutional regulations, and cultural differences, as well as providing the most appropriate physical therapy.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    The program meets the accreditation standards of current entry-level DPT curricula.


    Students must have graduated from a Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredited Physical Therapy program, successfully completed a master’s degree, and hold current Physical Therapy licensure in the United States.

    School Overview

    Temple University is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since its foundation in 1884, Temple has prepared the largest body of professionals in Pennsylvania. Temple was founded by Russell Cornwell, a Yale-educated Boston lawyer and ordained Baptist minister who began teaching at Grace Baptist Church in Pennsylvania. From the popular classes at the Church, Temple University grew.

    Temple offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • Tyler School of Art
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    • School of Social Work
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    • School of Theater, Film and Media Arts

    Temple Online offers many graduate degrees in completely online formats. Fully online accredited graduate programs are both designed and taught by our outstanding Temple University faculty.


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