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Transitional DPT program gets high marks in recent survey

December 2011

The Transition Doctor of Physical Therapy Program began in 2003 with a mission to provide an opportunity for licensed physical therapists to earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The program was created to augment the physical therapist's current knowledge and clinical reasoning skills by promoting evidence-based practice and enhancing their ability to care for patients and clients across a range of practice settings. Since the inception of the TDPT program, almost 100 physical therapists have graduated!

This year we conducted a survey of all TDPT program graduates and received very positive feedback. Over 90 percent agreed or strongly agreed they were better prepared to address issues across multiple systems via enhanced clinical reasoning. Over 95 percent felt they were more scholarly and reflective practitioners after the completion of the program. Some graduates felt the TDPT program facilitated their ability to lead journal clubs, start new patient programs, and take on leadership positions at their place of employment. Additionally, a handful of graduates have had the opportunity to present their Integration Projects at national meetings and pursue publication opportunities.

The TDPT Program was developed with the intention to provide a defined window of opportunity for practicing clinicians to pursue a DPT. As planned, we are now in the process of closing the program. The TDPT is no longer accepting new students and will be officially closed in December of 2012.

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