Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Program Details

UNC offers the online Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (t-DPT). This program is designed for licensed physical therapists who are seeking additional knowledge and skills and the doctoral degree. It produces graduates who are clinically competent to identify and develop new clinical services and to practice autonomously as primary clinical care practitioners. The primary focus of the degree is on clinical competence and expertise.

Students can specialize in one of the following four practice areas:

  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology


  • Evidence of graduation from a Master's of Physical Therapy degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (Bachelor’s degree applicants may be considered)
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended
  • Personal Statement
  • Copy of physical therapy license from any US jurisdiction or application for licensure
  • Two recommendation letters
  • English proficiency / TOEFL scores (if applicable)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges