Program Overview

The online transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program provides a direct path for licensed physical therapists to earn their DPT degree in just 16 months.  Students are taught by highly qualified and experienced clinicians in advanced areas like pathophysiology, pharmacology and diagnostic imaging.  The online flexible curriculum provides critical thinking skills and prepares graduates to thrive as autonomous practitioners in an evolving society and direct-access healthcare environment.

The online Post-Professional (transitional) Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed to accommodate student’s demanding work and home-life schedules and offers the flexibility to access the finest curriculum available at any time. Licensed physical therapists living in the United States may enroll with BS/MS physical therapy degree credentials. The online tDPT curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Foundations of Autonomous Practice
  • Prevention and Wellness
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
  • Global Health Care Issues

Students in the online transitional DPT (tDPT) program may be eligible to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each successfully completed course in the program. Continuing Education Units earned from Utica College’s tDPT program may qualify for state PT license requirement – check your individual state requirements for more information.

Individuals who are living in the US but not yet licensed, OR who live outside of the US, must provide a comprehensive credential evaluation from the Foreign Credentialing Committee on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) noting that their entry-level physical therapy education is “substantially equivalent to the first professional degree in physical therapy in the United States. The first professional degree in the United States is the master’s degree or higher.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Students must complete one campus residency.

    Applicants who are licensed physical therapists in the United States and are applying to the post-professional transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program must provide copies of proof of licensure including the dates obtained, or be deemed license-eligible by the State of New York. Applicants working in countries other than the United States must hold a physical therapy license/certification in their country of practice, and provide copies of proof of licensure.

    Other program specific admission requirements exist. Students interested in earning a degree or certificate from Utica College should request more information.

    School Overview

    Utica College, founded in 1946, is a comprehensive private institution located in upstate central New York approximately 90 miles west of Albany and 50 miles east of Syracuse, and currently enrolls more than 5,000 students in more than 30 undergraduate majors, 20+ graduate programs and a number of pre-professional and special programs.

    The College offers regionally accredited online certificates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in healthcare, cybersecurity, financial crime, nursing, physical therapy, business, criminal justice, and data science.  All courses are taught by credentialed, highly experienced faculty with significant and ongoing accomplishments in their respective fields.


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