USD offers states first online physical therapy doctoral degree

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota is home to the first online doctoral program in the South Dakota Regental System. This fall, the School of Health Sciences at USD will begin offering a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree (t-DPT).

This doctoral program, delivered to students entirely online, has been designed to parallel the American Physical Therapy Association's Preferred Curricular Model for the Transitional Clinical Doctoral Program and Learner. A t-DPT is conferred upon completion of a structured five semester, 25 credit hour online post-professional educational experience that augments current professional knowledge, skills and behaviors.

Applicants for the t-DPT must be a graduate from an accredited United States PT program and/or have current licensure within the United States possess a cumulative GPA of 2.7; and meet one of the three following criteria: hold a certificate of physical therapy and a bachelor's degree in select field plus 20 years of experience in the physical therapy field, or possess a bachelor's degree in physical therapy and 10 years of experience in the physical therapy field, or hold a master's degree in physical therapy plus two years of experience in the field of physical therapy.

The 25 credit hour program includes three courses that will be offered beginning this August, including Clinical Pathophysiology (three credit hours), Medical Pharmacology (one credit hour) and Critical Evaluation of Literature (one credit hour). Application materials for fall 2009 enrollment must be submitted by Aug. 15. If application materials are received after Aug. 15, the student may be considered fall 2010 courses. For more information about the program, visit www.usd.edu/med/pt/tDPT.cfm.  To apply online, please visit www.usd.edu/gradsch/gradapp.cfm You can also contact the Division of Continuing and Distance Education at (800) 233-7937.