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The program is meant to enhance the quality of physical therapy practice by enable practicing licensed physical therapists to update their education background, enhance their clinical skills and receive the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. It is planned with enough flexibility to meet the educational needs of enrolled practitioners. Courses will be offered through a combination of concentrated course modules and distance learning activities that will enable practicing professionals to complete the program without relinquishing their present employment.
The transitional DPT program will suspend enrollment of new students at the conclusion of the Spring 2013 enrollment period. Make your plans now to apply for the Spring 2013 semester!
For admission into the program, applicants must be licensed physical therapist practitioners and have graduated from an accredited educational program with either a bachelors or masters degree in physical therapy. Applicants will be required to take the GRE. The admissions committee will require a completed application and may require a personal interview.
Since the students who will qualify for this track are already licensed physical therapists, the program is designed without clinical courses. The program will contain two tracks, one for the practitioner who has an entry level bachelor of physical therapy degree and another for the practitioner who has the master of physical therapy degree. The required courses for each educational track represent the major curricular modifications associated with the new entry level DPT degree offered by the program.
Curricular course selections will allow the students to take a program that will improve skills and knowledge related to their current work situation and/or future physical therapy career goals. Practitioners who entered the profession with a baccalaureate degree are required to satisfactorily complete 50 hours of course credit in residence at UMMC. Practitioners who entered the profession with a master of physical therapy degree are required to satisfactorily complete 35 hours of course credit in residence at UMMC.
Following satisfactory completion of all course requirements the student will be awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Mississippi. Candidates for the DPT must have completed the required curriculum with a 3.00 GPA. The time limit for completing all requirements for the DPT is 6 years from the date of first registration for those entering with a BS PT degree and 3 years for those entering with a MPT or MS PT degree.
For this track, 50 credit hours are required. The courses are as follows:
For this track, 35 credit hours are required. The courses are as follows:
* Upon completion of the course the student receives 20 hours of credit applicable toward hours required for the DPT degree. Students on the BS to DPT track must complete 50 credit hours in residence and students on the MPT to DPT track must complete 35 credit hours in residence on the UMMC campus.
*The term "in residence" indicates enrollment in the DPT program.
Documentation of graduation from an accredited physical therapist educational program with a bachelor or master of physical therapy degree. (Graduates of a UMMC physical therapist program will not need to submit a UMMC transcript.)
Program enrollment is limited. Students will be admitted fall and spring semesters. The application deadlines are June 30 for fall applicationand Oct. 30 for spring application. All applicants pay a nonrefundable application fee of $25.
Tuition is $328.18 per semester hour for in-state residents and $836.84 per semester hour for out-of-state students.
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