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Below you'll find a list of the frequently asked questions about the t-DPT program and our answers. Choose from among the following topics:

The t-DPT degree and associated information
Eligibility and cohort information
Registration costs, other expenses, loan and scholarship information
Course-related issues and the online experience
Technology-related issues

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t-DPT degree and associated information

  1. What does the American Physical Therapy Association say about the t-DPT degree?

    Please refer to the APTA website, Transition DPT Frequently Asked Questions.

  2. What will my degree be from Elon University—a t-DPT or a DPT?

    Your diploma will say the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). The terminology t-DPT is a method for the University to differentiate students in the on-campus DPT program and those students who have already obtained the MPT degree and are returning to earn the DPT degree.

Eligibility and cohort information

  1. Can non-Elon Physical Therapy alumni attend this program?

    No. This program’s curriculum was specifically designed for Elon University MPT graduates. The APTA web site has a list of t-DPT programs, some of which are open to all licensed physical therapists.

  2. When will I know which Cohort I will be a part of for the t-DPT program?

    Immediately after the deadline for receipt of the $500 non-refundable deposit, there will be a lottery to determine who will be in the Cohort. You will be contacted by mail or e-mail so you can know how to plan your life.

  3. What if I do not get my first choice for a start date of the program?

    In fairness to all who apply, there will be a lottery system to determine who enrolls in each Cohort.

Registration costs, other expenses, loan and scholarship information

  1. How much does the program cost?

    The total tuition cost is $5,250. A $500 non-refundable deposit must be paid to reserve a place in the cohort, leaving a balance due of $4,750.

  2. When will the balance of the tuition payment become due?

    Cohort I must pay the balance of $4,750 on or before December 15, 2003. The Bursar’s Office will send a statement indicating the date the balance due and include the date.

  3. When must I make a decision about accepting the low interest loan that is available through Elon University?

    You must make a decision before the December 15, 2003, deadline if you are a part of Cohort I.

  4. Can I take out a loan for a lesser amount through the University?

    Yes, you do not have to borrow the full amount of $5,250.

  5. Will I receive the $500 non-refundable deposit back if the Cohort does not meet the minimum student enrollment?

    Yes, the $500 will be refunded as soon as it is determined the Cohort will not have enough students enrolled.

  6. If I accept the Elon University loan and have paid the $500 deposit, how will I get the $500 back?

    During Module I, the Bursar’s Office and Financial Aid Office will meet with students. The plan is that a refund check will be given to you before Module I is completed.

  7. When will I need to begin repayment of the Elon University loan?

    Repayment will begin upon completion of the program or withdrawal from the program.

  8. Are there any scholarships available for the t-DPT program?

    Elon University does not have any scholarships available. However, many places of employment have scholarships available for their employees to have tuition assistance. Check with the Human Resources office at your place of employment.

  9. Approximately how much will books cost for the t-DPT degree?

    Most of the t-DPT courses will have a required textbook. The specific texts and the total cost have yet to be determined.

Course-related issues and the online experience

  1. How much time will I be expected to devote to the program each week?

    For the web-based course in Modules II—VI the expectation is, depending on the course credit hours, you will devote approximately 1-2 hours per day during the work week and an additional 4-8 hours over the weekend to complete the course requirements.

    In addition, the Directed Research course spans all seven modules in the program. Dr. Bailey will define ‘checkpoints’ for you so you will satisfactorily complete t-DPT 809 Directed Research in a timely manner. Dr. Bailey will meet with the Cohort during the time the students are on campus during Module I and VII.

  2. How long will I be in classes or laboratories during Modules I and VII?

    The daily schedule will include 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m. for all four days and one evening session during Module I. It is anticipated that the student will have reading assignments to complete before coming to campus for Modules I and VII.

  3. How will I be graded or tested on material covered in each course?

    A variety of evaluation methods will be used, including: writing assignments, contribution to the Blackboard discussion board, and tests which will be “open-book” due to the nature of online education. The grading scale used will be the same as the on-campus DPT program.

  4. Will I have to take quizzes and tests with a ‘monitor’?

    The web-based courses are designed so that you will be ‘on your honor’ or these activities will be ‘open book.’

Technology-related issues

  1. What kind of computer skills do I need to be able to complete the program?

    To be successful in this program, basic computer skills are required. You should be able to:

    • Operate a computer (e.g, open and save files, launch Internet Explorer)
    • Operate a word processor; preferably, use Microsoft Word
    • Use a Web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer), and
    • Send and receive e-mail and deal with attachments

During the on-campus Program Orientation, hands-on instruction will be provided for Blackboard, the Web-based course management software used to deliver the t-DPT courses.

  1. What kind of Internet access and computer hardware and software do I need to complete the program?

    Check the following list to ensure that you have the necessary computer equipment and resources to participate in the t-dpt program.

    • Internet service provider — To take a Web-based course, you must have a reliable ISP (Internet service provider). You must be able to connect to the Internet by the date your cohort begins the program. A high-speed connection (cable modem, DSL or LAN) is desirable, but a 33.6 or 56K modem may be used.
    • Computer hardware — You will need regular access to an IBM-type or Macintosh personal computer. We recommend that your computer meet or exceed the following standards:
      • A reliable Pentium-class PC or Mac with a 200 MHz or faster processor
      • 64MB or more RAM (random access memory)
      • A sound card and speakers
      • A CD-ROM drive, 24X or faster
      • A modem, 33.6 K or faster; alternatives are DSL, ISDN or network connections to the Internet
      • A printer
      • Note: If you are purchasing a new computer, you may wish to note the recommendations listed at
    • Computer software — The following software should be installed on your computer:
      • For Windows computers, Microsoft Office XP Professional*
        For Macintosh computers, either Microsoft Office v. X* (for Macs running OS X) or Microsoft Office 2001* (for Macs running OX 8.1-9.x)
      • A standard e-mail client
      • A virus protection package
      • A Web browser, preferably current version of Microsoft Internet Explorer**
      • The latest versions of the following free browser plug-ins: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple QuickTime, Macromedia Shockwave and Flash, Real Networks Real Player, and Windows Media Player

        *This software will provided to students at no charge during the on-campus program orientation, if needed.

        **Some browsers do not work properly with Blackboard. We suggest you use the current version of Microsoft Internet Explorer.

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