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Post-Professional D.P.T. Program

KU's post-professional D.P.T. program uses web-based education to provide practicing physical therapists the opportunity to advance their knowledge and careers. The program focuses on differential diagnosis, medical imaging, and evidence-based practice. A degree in physical therapy from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education is required.

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Degree Requirements

The post-professional D.P.T. program is a 28-credit-hour program. Recent graduates of a physical therapy program may qualify for a reduced credit-hour program, provided their degree was received no more than 7 years before starting the post-professional program. Students must complete the program within a 5-year period from the start of their first class. To view the curriculum and program requirements, please visit the program's website.

Students are required to take the following core courses:

PTRS 712 Pathophysiology and the Physical Therapy Diagnosis 4
PTRS 815 Case Studies in Pathophysiology 2
PTRS 828 Medical Imaging 3
OTMS 838 Research Concepts in Evidence-Based Physical Therapist Practice
PTRS 880 Differential Diagnosis of General Medical Conditions 3
PTRS 817 Ethics in Health Care 3
PTRS 855 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists 1

Students then choose a special area of concentration:

1. Neurology Track  
PTRS 851 Control of Human Movement 2
PTRS 858 Evidence-Based Rehabilitation of Patients Post-CVA 3
PTRS 865 Independent Study 1
2. Orthopedic Track  
PTRS 715 Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy 3
PTRS 740 Evidence-Based Orthopedic Rehab 3
3. Administration Track  
PTRS 835 Rehabilitation Administration I 3
PTRS 836 Rehabilitation Administration II 3
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Prospective students must first meet program eligibility requirements. When ready to apply, please review the complete list of application requirements.

To be considered for admission to KU's post-professional D.P.T. program, the following are required:

  1. Physical Therapy Degree. To enter the program, an applicant must have a physical therapy degree from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education.
  2. Grade-Point Average. Transcripts must document a minimum overall 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0-scale for Master of Science course work.
  3. Physical Therapy License. A current and valid state license to practice physical therapy is required. The license may be from Kansas or another state.
  4. Current Employment. An applicant must be employed full- or part-time as a physical therapist. Many courses in the program require access to clinical patient records.
  5. Technical Ability. Access to and working knowledge of a computer with Internet capability are necessary to complete the program requirements.

A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.

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