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The following list includes the names of higher education institutions that offer a postprofessional DPT (Transition) program for physical therapists licensed in the United States.

Programs are listed according to delivery method. Please keep in mind that the programs are not always referred to as "transition" programs; other descriptors include "bridge," "postprofessional," "transitional," or "DPT."

One element shared by all of the transition programs is that they are offered to U.S.-licensed physical therapists; that is, graduates of an accredited physical therapist professional education program. Postprofessional DPT (Transition) programs are not accredited by CAPTE, as it currently accredits only professional (entry-level) physical therapy programs. 

If you have any questions about the list or have information about other transition programs, please contact academicservices@apta.org.

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Disclaimer: Inclusion on this list of programs does not indicate approval or endorsement by APTA or the accreditation of these programs of study by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

On-Site Only Programs

CALIFORNIA

Loma Linda University
School of Allied Health Professions
Nichol Hall, Room A-620A
Loma Linda, CA 92350
909-558-4632, ext. 83171
Fax: 909-558-4291
Everett Lohman III, PT, DSc

MICHIGAN

Andrews University
Department of Physical Therapy
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0420
800-827-2878 or 269-471-6076
Fax: 269-471-2867
Elizabeth Oakley, PT, DHSc

NEW YORK

New York University
380 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10010
212-998-9415
Fax: 212-995-4190
Wen K.Ling, PT, PhD

Touro College School of Health Sciences
Post Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
1700 Union Blvd.
Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-665-1600, ext. 6276 or 6277
Frances Corio, PT, PhD

Distance Learning Only Programs

ARIZONA

A.T. Still University
Arizona School of Health Sciences
5850 Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206
480-219-6187
Fax: 480-219-6100
Tammy Roehling, PT, DPT

CALIFORNIA

The Ola Grimsby Institute
4420 Hotel Circle Court, Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92108
619-298-4116
Fax: 619-298-4225
Carmi S. Bowlin

FLORIDA

Florida Gulf Coast University
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
10501 FGCU Blvd S
Fort Myers, Fl 33965
239-590-7530
Ellen Donald, PT, PhD

ILLINOIS

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Department of Physical Therapy
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
847-578-8514
Fax: 847-578-8816
Donna Frownfelter, PT, DPT, MA

MASSACHUSETTS

Northeastern University
College of Professional Studies
Bouve College of Health Science
101 Belvidere St.
Boston, MA 02115
617-304-9253
Adam Thomas, PT, DPT, ATC

MICHIGAN

Wayne State University
Department of Health Care Sciences
Physical Therapy Program
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
259 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
313-577-4643
Susan Ann Talley, PT, DPT, MA

MINNESOTA

The College of St. Scholastica
Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811
218-723-6362
Fax: 877-287-8719
Chad Oppelt

MONTANA

University of Montana
School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
135 Skaggs Building
Missoula, MT 59812-4680
720-507-8333
Fax: 406-243-2795
Steve Tepper, PT, PhD, FAPTA

NEW YORK

Dominican College
470 Western Highway
Orangeburg, NY 10962
845-359-7800
Valerie Olson, PT, PhD

NORTH CAROLINA

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Division of Physical Therapy
Bondurant Hall, Suite 3000, CB #7135
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
919-966-4708
Fax: 919-966-3678
Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD

Winston-Salem State University
601 S. Martin Luther King Dr. 
FL Atkins 340
Winston Salem, NC 27110
336-750-2198
Fax: 336-750-2192
Nancy Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

PENNSYLVANIA

Arcadia University
450 South Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
215-517-2571
Fax: 215-572-2157
Michael Tevald, PT, PhD

VIRGINIA

Marymount University
School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences*
2807 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22207
406-936-0140
Skye Donovan, PT, PhD
*Distance learning available

Shenandoah University
1775 N. Sector Court, Suite 219
Winchester, VA 22601
540-665-5523
Fax: 540-665-5530
Janine Hatch, PT, DPT, MS

Combination of On-Site and Distance Learning Programs

ARIZONA

University of Medical Sciences Arizona
1001 Bishop St, Ste. 1035
Honolulu, HI 96813
P: (808)867-2900
F: (844)894-3712
Email: info@umsaz.org
Contact: Ms. Quinell Kumalae

CALIFORNIA

Chapman University
9401 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, CA 92618
714/744-7620
Fax: 949/206-0012
Anu V. Nanjappa, MBA

The Ola Grimsby Institute
4420 Hotel Circle Court, Suite 210
San Diego, CA 92108
619-298-4116
Fax: 619-298-4225
Carmi S. Bowlin

Western University of Health Sciences
309 E. Second St.
Pomona, CA 91766
909-469-5293
Fax: 909-469-5300
Harshavardhan Deoghare

ILLINOIS

Governors State University
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Health and Human Services
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484
708-534-7290
Fax: 708-534-1647
Robbie O'Shea, PT, DPT, PhD

KENTUCKY

Evidence In Motion
Kristin Smith, PT, DScPT
175 S. English Station Road, Suite 218
Louisville, KY 40245
Kristin Smith, PT, DScPT
DPT with a focus in musculoskeletal management, as well as dual DPT/certification programs in geriatrics, pelvic health, practice management, manual therapy, sports and pain science.

MICHIGAN

Wayne State University
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
259 Mack Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
313-577-5523
Fax: 313-577-6367
Heather Sandlin

NEW YORK

Utica College
Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502-4892
315-223-2525
Fax: 315-792-3248
Denise M. McVay, PT,DPT

UTAH

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
1800 S. Novell Place
Provo, Utah 84606
801-375-5125
Fax: 801-734-6843
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