The practice of physical therapy (PT) is rapidly changing and the concept of autonomous PT practice is growing throughout the nation. Contemporary PT practitioners are expected to have a higher level of knowledge and skills needed to meet a new demand for autonomous practice in physical therapy, and to fulfill the professional desire for evidence-based practice.
A direct response to this trend is the on-going nationwide development and implementation of transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT) programs. Entry-level DPT programs prepare persons with bachelor's degrees to become physical therapists. The transitional DPT degree offers licensed physical therapists with B.S. or M.S. degrees the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to meet contemporary practice demands.
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Vision Statement
The development of DPT programs is consistent with the position adopted by the APTA. In June 2000, the APTA's House of Delegates endorsed the following Position Statement:
"By 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health."
The detailed version of this statement envisions physical therapists that practice autonomously with all the privileges thereto as doctors of physical therapy. The tDPT program at NYIT is designed to meet the needs of the practicing therapist and to prepare them for their changing, future roles in a doctoring profession.
For admission into the tDPT, applicants should submit the following:
The program has been designed for the practicing clinician. Classes are offered in either an entirely online format or weekend format requiring one or two weekends of on site instruction for each course. All on site courses are offered at NYIT's Old Westbury campus on Long Island, New York.