Convenience is a primary strength of the post-professional D.P.T. program. Because the program is offered online, you can complete course work from your home or office. Once you are accepted, you can register for courses prior to the start of any module. Each course has a specific start and stop date and specific due dates for assignments. This program format is different from programs designed as self-paced.
As a student you will:
- Build upon your knowledge and skills as a practicing physical therapist by augmenting your clinical competencies and decision-making skills for developing therapeutic plans
- Practice administrative and management skills as they contribute to effective patient care
- Address the role of manual therapy, discuss wellness and prevention in relation to patient education and reinforce professional behaviors and ongoing development
You can start the post-professional D.P.T. program at any time and, with few exceptions, take courses in whatever order you choose after completing orientation.
Post-professional D.P.T. students communicate with physical therapists across the country. Many courses involve working in pairs or small groups. In addition to course material, students benefit from the experience of colleagues nationwide.
Along with the other programs at DMU, the post-professional D.P.T. program is incorporating evidence-based practice (EBP) into the curriculum. EBP has five distinct elements:
- Ask clinically important questions
- Find the evidence to answer questions
- Critically appraise the evidence
- Integrate the evidence with professional experience and patient values
- Evaluate the outcome on the patient
Many of the DMU library resources are available online, including multiple databases and full text articles. The interlibrary loan service allows you to reserve and receive books, order journal articles and receive materials from other libraries.
The post-professional D.P.T. program curriculum is applicable to your daily practice.
The student Pulse is your connecting point with DMU. It is where you can check your grades, class schedule, email and search the library collection.
Our faculty are practicing clinicians with diverse backgrounds. Faculty members utilize a variety of instructional methods, including interactive lectures, case studies, individual assignments, and collaborative learning. Instructors are also actively involved in research, service, and professional activities at various levels.