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Transitional Physical Therapy (tDPT)

Transitional Physical Therapy (tDPT)

Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program

Central to the mission of the Program in Physical Therapy is the mission and goals of Florida Gulf Coast University and the Marieb College of Health & Human Services. Reflective of this, the academic program is designed to meet the needs of the practicing physical therapist. The program allows physical therapists to augment their knowledge and skills to reflect contemporary physical therapy practice at the clinical doctoral level.
Students become proficient in employing current sources of information as they relate to learning and evidence-based practice. Students develop into self-directed learners through acquiring skills that aid them in being resourceful scholars and clinicians.
Eligible applicants must have graduated from a CAPTE accredited Masters or Baccalaureate degree program and hold a current license in the State of Florida.  Interested applicants should contact Arie van Duijn,, for an individualized plan of study.  The tDPT Program is designed to be a distant learning format.


Three of our faculty members, Eric Shamus, PhD, DPT (Chair), Arie van Duijn, EdD (Program Director), Kathy Swanick (FPTA President) at the APTA House of Delegates and Capital Hill Day supporting the Physical Therapy Profession.


tDPT Courses as Continuing Education Credit

The tDPT graduate courses are eligible for continuing education credit in Florida. Continuing education credit will be the equivalent to the credit hours earned. Rule 64B17-9.001 (7a)