Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The post-professional completion program is no longer accepting applicants.

 

Program Overview

The post-professional DPT program is a 34-credit-hour completion program. MPT graduates of the Missouri State University Physical Therapy Program will qualify for a reduced credit-hour program as outlined in Completion Programs A and B below.  Graduates from accredited programs other than Missouri State University may qualify for reduced credit-hour program (up to 6 credits) based upon portfolio review (see Completion Track C below). Limited course substitutions may be granted on a case-by-case basis for students in any of the three completion programs.

Missouri State University’s post-professional DPT completion program utilizes standard, web, and hybrid-based education formats to provide practicing physical therapists the opportunity to advance their knowledge and career. The  program focuses on evidence-based practice, differential diagnosis, and medical imaging.  A degree in physical therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is required.

Students must complete the program within a 5-year period from the start of their first class.  The program will accept students from Fall 2011 through Fall 2013.  The application deadline for Fall 2013 is July 1, 2013. All coursework must be completed by May 2018. Class sizes are limited and classes may not be offered every year.  Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come basis.  To remain in the Program, students must maintain good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and comply with the Department’s grading policies*. Students must complete at least one course per year (beginning with the year of their starting semester). Students failing to complete one course per year will be removed from the program. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis following a written letter from the student to the program core faculty. 

Application Deadlines: To apply for a specific semester, application materials must be received by the following dates:

Fall Semester: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1

Classes Start: Fall, Spring or Summer. Course descriptions are in the Missouri State University Graduate Catalog.

Completion Program A

Missouri State University Graduates
Classes of 2003 through 2005

Minimum 20 credit hours

  • Complete all of the following courses:

-PTE 714 Imaging Analysis in PT Practice (2)

-PTE 730 Motor Control/Motor Learning (3)

-PTE 800 Advanced Topics in Geriatrics (2)

-PTE 804 Advanced Topics in Pediatrics (2)

-PTE 802 Advanced Regional Anatomy: Neural Correlates (2)

-PTE 803 Advanced Topics in Musculoskeletal Physical    Therapy: Manual Techniques (2)

-PTE 873 Patient Management: Advanced Differential Diagnosis (3), and

  • Complete two elective courses (minimum of 4 credit hours)

 

*Grading Policy A:  Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all classes, and may earn no more than 4 credit hours of “C” during the course of Completion Program A.

Completion Program B

Missouri State University Graduates
Classes of 2006 and 2007

Minimum 10 credit hours

  • Choose one area of concentration (track) from the list below (minimum of 6 credit hours)
  • Complete two elective courses (minimum of 4 credit hours)

 

*Grading Policy B:  Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in all classes during the course of Completion Program B.

 

Completion Program C

Graduates of Other Accredited Programs

34 credit hours

(28 credit hours must be from Missouri State University)

  • Complete all core courses (24 credit hours)
  • Choose one area of concentration (track) from the list below (minimum of 6 credit hours)
  • Complete two elective courses (minimum of 4 credit hours)

 

*Grading Policy C:  Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all classes, and may earn no more than 6 credit hours of “C” during the course of Completion Program C.