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» Transitional DPT Program

The transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (tDPT) is a post-professional degree designed to provide additional educational material to augment existing professional physical therapist preparation.  It is intended to supplement the training of the Bachelor or Masters degree prepared licensed Physical Therapist (PT) to parity with the degree requirements of the entry level Doctor of Physical Therapist.

Why Should You Choose This Program?

This clinical doctorate degree is for physical therapists licensed in the United States who are interested in bridging the didactic gap between the bachelor or master’s level education and the doctoral level of education.  The ideal student for this program is self-motivated and able to utilize online technology to advance his/her education toward the Vision 2020 statement from the APTA.

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Transitional DPT Curriculum

All students complete a Professional Self-Assessment at the start of the tDPT program. The resulting portfolio allows students and a faculty advisor to determine an individual course of study.  Students who provide evidence of attainment of expected competencies may be qualified to be exempted from elective or core courses covering those competencies.  Determination of exemptions will be made by the faculty advisor and the department chairperson.  A minimum of 12 credit units must be completed at Chapman University.

  • Students with Master's degrees complete 24 credit hours, 20 credit hours of core courses and 4 elective credit hours. 
  • Students with a baccalaureate degree or certificate complete 26 units with 22 core credit hours and 4 elective credit hours

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Admission Requirements

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Your curriculum vitae forms the basis for your self-assessment portfolio.  Please consider the courses in the tDPT program and your professional experience to date to provide a complete CV. 
  3. Current license to practice in the United States.
  4. $60 application fee (non-refundable)
  5. Other

You will need computer resources and skills sufficient for participation in online courses.  In addition, you will need sufficient self-motivation and time to complete the online assignments.

Application for Admission

Admission to the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) program occurs on a rolling basis. Applicants may be admitted through August for matriculation in the Fall semester.

Application Deadline: July 15

The application for the tDPT program is available online: tDPT Graduate Application.

Program Costs

Fees are set by university policy and may be found under Graduate Students-Rinker via this link. The program is designed to be flexible to allow students to enroll in 1-3 courses at a time. Chapman University alumni are qualified for a tuition scholarship of $25 per credit hour enrolled.  Fees are subject to change.

Location: Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine

Our location is at Chapman University's Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine.

We are located at the corner of Alton Pkwy and Jeronimo Rd., Irvine, CA, in buildings 9401 and 9501 Jeronimo Rd.

Our Address:
9401 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618

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