Which Schools Offer Online Physical Therapist Courses?

You can increase your knowledge as a physical therapist from home with online college courses. Several schools offer courses for a doctoral physical therapy degree online, mostly aimed at current therapists who wish to improve their education. Schools offering Physical Therapy Assistant degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Types of Online Physical Therapist Courses

Physical therapists help patients restore and strengthen body function and capability. Most online college courses on the subject are part of transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (t-DPT) degree programs. A Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) is designed for those beginning their physical therapist careers; some courses may be available online. A transitional doctorate is a post-professional degree intended for qualified physical therapists. With transitional doctorate programs, people who already have a bachelor's or master's degree in physical therapy can further their education online.

Schools offering Physical Therapist Courses Online

University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is the only school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that offers a Doctorate of Physical Therapy with more than half of its courses delivered online. Based out of Florida, the school offers online classes such as:

  • Clinical neurosciences
  • Prosthetics
  • Differential diagnosis

Certain elements of the program are unavailable for distance learning. Practicum courses, in which students gain hands-on experience working with physical therapy patients, are required for a DPT degree. These can't be completed from home.

Temple University

The online transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program offered by Temple University in Philadelphia requires that students complete 12-24 credits. There is no specific sequence or time frame to complete this program, though many students satisfy the 12 core credits in less than one year. Courses students could expect to take include:

  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Motor control and human movement

University of Michigan-Flint

The University of Michigan-Flint offers a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with optional clinical concentrations. Every course in this physical therapy program can be taken online. This makes scheduling more flexible for current therapists. Physical therapists entering the program with a previous bachelor's degree can earn their doctorate with 9-15 courses, and those who hold a master's degree can finish with 7-9 classes.

University of South Dakota

The first doctoral program offered online in the South Dakota Regental system was the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Dakota. The program lasts 25 credit hours over five semesters. The curriculum was inspired by the standards of the American Physical Therapy Association's Preferred Curricular Model.

Other Schools Offering Online Physical Therapist Courses

The following institutions also provide online studies in a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program:

  • Northeastern University in Boston, MA
  • Arcadia University in Glenside, PA
  • The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN
  • University of New England in Biddeford and Portland, ME
  • Des Moines University in IA

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