Mar 22, 2023  
2018-19 ATSU University Catalog 
2018-19 ATSU University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapy [Postprofessional] (Online), DPT

[Postprofessional] Doctor of Physical Therapy Program - online

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) post-professional doctor of physical therapy, often referred to in the United States as a transitional program, is a custom degree program configured around the unique needs of each practicing professional, offering maximum flexibility and a full team of support. Offered through ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, the online physical therapy degree offers curriculum plans that are personalized and student-centric, based on one-on-one assessments of personal experience. Classes can be completed one-at-a-time, as practice and personal life requires, or doubled-up to accelerate degree completion.

ATSU’s Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed for those who desire to maintain their relevancy while they continue practicing in the discipline of physical therapy. You will accomplish this as standards are elevated to doctoral status per the 2020 vision set forth by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Length of Program

The postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is typically completed within 1.5 to 2 years, dependent upong the individual plan of study and consists of 64 credits.


Tuition is due two weeks before the start of class. For programs that have payment per program, payment in full is due prior to the start of the program or per their admissions agreement on a quarterly payment schedule.   Delinquent tuition penalties accrue at 1.5% per month, which is 18% per year.

Degree/Non-Degree Students Tuition
Degree-seeking $11,130.00
Non-degree $512.00 per credit hour


Application Process

Applicants will need to create an account at for access to the online application. Instructions are included on how to complete the application and submit all required documentation. If you have any questions regarding the online application, please contact Admissions at 877.469.2878 or by email at

Application Deadline

Postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy applications may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are processed on a rolling admissions basis. Applications are processed routinely to ensure that all class openings are filled for the beginning of each quarter.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the postprofessional Doctor of Physical Therapy online program must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation.

  1. Applicants are required to meet all ATSU and ASHS general admission requirements
  2. Minimum physical therapy professional program grade point average of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Applicants will have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in physical therapy from a regionally accredited college or university.
    1. Applicants who have graduated from a university outside the United States or Canada must provide an official physical therapy degree equivalency evaluation for admission, or copy of the official letter from the licensing board showing professional deficiencies for the non-degree seeking applicant.  This evaluation report must state the physical therapy degree earned abroad is equivalent to the physical therapy degree in the United States or Canada. This evaluation will be paid for by the prospective student. We highly encourage you to speak to one of our enrollment counselors prior to ordering your credential evaluation report. The following are the only credentialing agencies accepted by the post-professional DPT program in determining degree equivalency:
      • Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)
      • International Consultants of Delaware (ICD)
      • International Education Research Foundation, Inc (IERF)
      • World Education Services (WES)
      • International Credentialing Associates (ICA)
      • Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance)
      • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
      • University of Texas at Austin (non-degree seeking applicants only)
  4. Applicants will submit official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
    1. Additional transcripts from graduate coursework not leading to a degree may be submitted for advanced credit consideration.
  5. Applicants will submit proof of licensure as a physical therapist in one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands
  6. Recommendation letters from three professional colleagues must be submitted.
    1. Recommendation letters should be addressed to the Admissions Committee and signed by the author of the recommendation letter.
    2. If the recommendation is in email form, a printed copy of the email including where the email originated (the author’s email address) and date sent should be seen on the printed copy.
  7. Applicants will submit an Expanded Portfolio. Specific directions on how to complete the portfolio may be found at:
  8. Applicants will fill out the Employer Verification form for their employer to sign. The signed Employer Verification form must be submitted from a current or former employer within the past 10 years. For applicants who are self-employed, a colleague can sign the form.

  9. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. See the ASHS English Proficiency section for more details.
    1. Option 1: English is your first language.

    2. Option 2: Graduated from a regionally accredited four-year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS degree)

    3. Option 3: You are demonstrating English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores from International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL paper-based total score = 550
    1. Minimum 56 on Reading Skills
    2. Minimum 61 on Writing Skills
  • TOEFL computer-based total score = 213
    1. Minimum 22 on Reading Skills
    2. Minimum 26 on Writing Skills
  • TOEFL internet-based total score = 80
    1. Minimum 21 on Reading Skills
    2. Minimum 24 on Writing Skills

Advanced Standing Admission

See the Advanced Credit section of the ASHS General Admissions Requirements .

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the online postprofessional program, all students must:

  1. Complete all prescribed didactic and clinical courses and the capstone project (if required)
  2. Pass all courses with a minimum grade of ‘C’ and maintain a 2.70 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
  3. Discharge all financial obligations to ATSU
  4. Ensure that the mailing address in CampusNexus Student Portal is current. This is the address where the diploma will be mailed.
  5. Attending commencement is not required but highly recommended.


The curriculum offers a full spectrum of educational opportunities whose content meets or exceeds that described by the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Preferred Curricular Guide for the tDPT Program. We offer many courses including, but not limited to, differential diagnosis, radiology and imaging, evidence-based practice, and pharmacology.


Descriptions and Credit Values

A typical course schedule consists of the following. Additional course options may be available and listed below under Other Courses.