College of Health Sciences

Physical Therapy (T.D.P.T.)

College of Health Sciences

Colleges / Schools

Physical Therapy



Program Types

About the Transitional D.P.T. Program

  • All post-professional D.P.T. courses are 2-credit, fully online courses with both synchronous and asynchronous components..
  • The program can be completed in one to three years, or one and half to three years for the internationally educated.
  • Pricing schedule makes the program affordable and competitive.
  • Students can start any semester, and most courses can be taken in any sequence.
  • Course waivers, based on experience documented in a portfolio, are possible for up to 6 credits.
  • Students network and interact with nationally recognized faculty and peers.
  • Students can take two courses before formal application and matriculation.
  • Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program is ranked among the top 10 percent of accredited programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

The profession and practice of physical therapy is rapidly changing. The demands imposed upon a physical therapist today are very different from those of even five or 10 years ago. These demands often go beyond the formal education provided in more traditional entry-level programs. Therapists increasingly are required to justify their practice patterns based on research evidence, to take on consulting and supervisory roles, and to provide administrative expertise and leadership.

Offered completely online, this program gives practicing clinicians easy access to make their formal education congruent with students graduating from entry-level DPT programs. The program’s goal is to educate clinicians to achieve practice consistent with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Vision 2020 and beyond. Graduates will function with a high degree of professionalism and possess the requisite knowledge, skills and behaviors to practice physical therapy in a truly scientific manner (i.e., using evidence-based practice).

Graduates will demonstrate the ability to do the following:

  • Solve clinical problems using evidence.
  • Critically evaluate current literature and popular theories.
  • Communicate professionally through scientific writing.
  • Function as an effective teacher at multiple levels—with patients, students, peers, and the public.
  • Lead others and advocate effectively (serve as a consultant or manager).
  • Enhance skills required to be a lifelong independent learner.

This is a program for practicing professionals who want to learn from and interact with nationally recognized faculty and exceptional peers. The program is highly interactive and capitalizes on the wealth of knowledge clinicians bring with them.