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If you already have a degree in physical therapy and want to advance your career and skills by earning a doctorate, WesternU's Advanced Standing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program gives you a convenient and efficient way to earn your DPT degree. By offering credit for coursework already completed and having web-based classes, you can update your skills and credentials while maintaining your current job and family commitments.

Our DPT-Advanced program provides courses that are not part of certificate, bachelor, or master's degree curricula. To meet the busy schedules of working therapists, we offer web-based courses supplemented by intensive weekend seminars that only require you to be on the Pomona, California Campus two to three times a trimester. Our program fills the gap in knowledge and skills between what you learned in the past and what is now expected of the new doctoral-prepared graduate.

Why choose WesternU? We have a nationally recognized program and offer:

  • A web-based curriculum that allows you to earn a doctorate while working and keeping family commitments.
  • The opportunity to take a course before enrolling. Contact Carrie Rogers for more information or to enroll. 
  • Experienced faculty, many with 15 to 20+ years teaching experience 
  • Vanessa Biegen“WesternU’s program has great instructors, a great reputation in the community, allows me to study at my own pace, and is very affordable.”
    -Melinda Salvador, DPT Class of 2008

  • Clinically relevant course content: learning that is integrated with your current clinical or work setting.
  • A record of DPT graduates who are in high demand and who enjoy a lifelong connection with the university.  
  • A true transitional program: study plans are individualized so that you take only the courses you need to meet the doctoral-level standards in knowledge and skills.  
  • A schedule with three trimesters per year, which leaves two breaks of approximately six weeks in summer and between Thanksgiving and New Year's, so you can maintain your personal and professional life.
  • All faculty hold doctoral-level degrees and many are APTA board-certified clinical specialists. 
  • Long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first; treating students as colleagues; and fostering camaraderie among students.

Accreditation
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (Advanced Standing) program in the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Allied Health Professions is not accredited nor subject to accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

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