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Program overview

What is a Transition DPT?

"The DPT (transition) degree is conferred upon completion of a structured post-professional educational experience that results in the augmentation of knowledge, skills, and behaviors to a level consistent with the current professional (entry-level) DPT standards. The t-DPT degree enables the US-licensed physical therapist to attain degree parity with therapists who hold the professional DPT by ‘filling in’ any gaps between their professional baccalaureate or master’s degree PT education and the current professional DPT degree education." (, Transition DPT Frequently Asked Questions)

Program dates for cohorts

Students will progress through the curriculum in a cohort. A new cohort of students will begin the t-DPT program every six months.

  1. Cohort 1 - January 3, 2004 – June 20, 2004
  2. Cohort 2 - June 24, 2004 – December 12, 2004
  3. Cohort 3 - January 6, 2005 – June 19, 2005
  4. Cohort 4 - June 23, 2005 - December 10, 2005
  5. Cohort 5 - January 5, 2006 - June 18, 2006

Tuition and Associated Expenses

The total tuition cost is $5,250. Additional expenses will be incurred for textbooks, travel and housing for Modules I and VII.

Financial Aid

Low interest loans (5% fixed) are available through Elon University. (See Apply now for application in PDF format.)

Degree Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the eight t-DPT courses with an overall minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and no course grades below "C."
  2. Six months of full-time professional experience as a licensed physical therapist by time of graduation from the t-DPT program.
  3. All coursework must be completed within a single six-month curriculum sequence.
  4. Unsatisfactory performance in the t-DPT program occurs when a student’s GPA falls below the 3.0 minimum or student receives a course grade below a "C." The student may re-take the course at a later time on a "space available basis." A second module of unsatisfactory performance may result in permanent dismissal from the t-DPT program.
  5. Leave of absence from the t-DPT program will only be granted in extreme and dire circumstances such as: documented serious medical problems, death of immediate family member or complicated and life-threatening pregnancy of the student. The student may re-enroll in the t-DPT program at a later time on a "space available basis."

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