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Offered completely online, WesternU’s Post-Professional DPT program provides practicing clinicians (holding an entry-level degree at either the baccalaureate or master’s level) simple way to make their formal education congruent with students graduating from entry-level DPT programs. Our program’s goal is to educate clinicians to achieve practice consistent with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Vision 2020 and beyond, “..physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health.”
Our program is also designed to provide educational opportunities for physical therapists educated outside of the United States to develop the additional knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning required to meet entry-level US standards.
- A true Post–Professional 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 semesters 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
Take a look at our visit options and consider attending a WesternU Preview. If you’d like to discuss specifics with an advisor, schedule an advising appointment, online, on campus, or over the phone. When you request additional information we’ll make sure you receive program updates and deadline reminders. Of course, you can always find us on social media.