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2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapy (Dual DPT/Ph.D)

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In the U.S. and the global community, there is a documented significant need for well-trained clinicians, academic faculty and researchers in physical therapy, in both university and clinical research settings.  The UM-Flint dual Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)/Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physical Therapy program is designed for a few select and qualified students interested in practicing in clinical settings and who have aspirations to become faculty members and/or researchers.  The overall goal of program is to accelerate this career trajectory and efficiently provide educational experiences that prepare students for both clinical and academic/research employment.

The program takes approximately 5½ years to complete, depending on the time the student takes to complete dissertation research.  The delivery format is primarily classroom and/or mixed mode.  During the first three years of the program, which lead to the DPT degree, a full-time on-campus presence is required.  Once the student is awarded the DPT degree and passes the licensure examination, she or he can work as a clinician while taking on-campus courses 1-2 days per week to complete the remainder of the program and obtain the Ph.D degree.  The dual program offers the student a more efficient means to obtain both DPT and Ph.D. degrees in less time than completing the two programs sequentially.


PTP 990  is elected for a minimum of 3 credits over one or more semesters, PTP 995  for a minimum of 11 credits over multiple semesters.

Winter Year Four (3 credits)

Spring/Summer Year Four (1-3 credits)

Fall Year Five (1-5 credits)

Winter Year Five (1-5 credits)

Spring/Summer Year Five (1-5 credits)

Fall Year Six (1-5 credits)

Winter Year Six (1-5 credits)

Electives (8 credits)

A total of 8 credits are required, 3 for the DPT and 5 for the Ph.D.

DPT Program Electives (3 credits)

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Ph.D Program Electives (5 credits)

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