Physical therapist elevating a man's arm to shoulder height

Physical Therapy Doctorate

Doctor of
PT (DPT)
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a professional graduate program which prepares individuals for licensure and entry into the physical therapy profession. As a graduate program, it includes theoretical, clinical practice, and research courses and experiences to prepare graduates to function in a variety of settings in physical therapy. For information regarding application process, admission, degree requirements, and curriculum view the DPT academic catalog.

Please view the Doctor of Physical Therapy brochure for more information about the program. All potential students should be aware of the Essential Functions Guidelines, additional qualities and standards necessary to be successful in the field of Physical Therapy.

Accreditation
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Oakland University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 706-3245, accreditation@apta.org, http://www.capteonline.org. The program is accredited through 2020.

Informational Meetings
The DPT informational meetings include a presentation on the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, admission requirements, application requirements and a tour.

Interested individuals should meet on the fifth floor of the Human Health Building at Oakland University in the lounge area near the elevators, unless otherwise specified below.  Please RSVP for the informational meetings with Darlene Mathiak at  mathiak@oakland.edu

September 29, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
November 3, 1:30 - 2:30 PM .
Resources
Financial Aid
There are stipend programs and some scholarships available for students enrolled in the Program. Specific information is given to students at the time of orientation to the Program.
Information concerning financial aid and financial resources can be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Services, 120 North Foundation Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309. (248) 370-2550.

Tuition and Books
Estimated  cost of tuition , fees, and textbooks for in-state students entering the DPT in 2014 is $85,843 for the three and one half year program. The estimated cost for out-of-state students is $136,510.
Doctor of Science
in PT (DScPT)
The post-professional Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT) degree program is designed for physical therapists who received an entry-level degree in physical therapy and are interested in obtaining an advanced doctorate which includes an individual research project under the guidance of a doctoral committee.  View the Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy informational brochure for more information. For information regarding application process, admission, degree requirements, and curriculum view the  DScPT academic catalog.

Resources
Financial Aid
There are stipend programs and some scholarships available for students enrolled in the Program. Specific information is given to students at the time of orientation to the Program.
Information concerning financial aid and financial resources can be obtained from the  Office of Student Financial Services, 120 North Foundation Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309. (248) 370-2550.

Tuition and Books
Visit the Student Financial Services website for  cost of tuition, fees, and textbooks for DScPT students.
Transitional Doctor
of PT (tDPT)
This is a post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree for physical therapists who have an entry-level Bachelor of Science in physical therapy or a Master’s in physical therapy or Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. This is a set of courses that allows physical therapists who have obtained a Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy (BSPT), Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT) or Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This set of courses transitions an entry-level BSPT, MPT or MSPT physical therapist to a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

For more information, review the  tDPT brochure and the  Post Professional Program Costs.

Copies of the current university graduate catalog may be obtained at either the University Book Center or by mail. Please specify that you want the graduate catalog. Address your request to: University Services, Oakland University, Catalog Request, Rochester, MI 48309. You can also view the graduate catalog online.