Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is pleased to offer a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program with a specialization in pediatrics. The transitional DPT program is designed to provide meaningful and obtainable, post-professional education while meeting APTA competencies that facilitate the development of the 21st-century physical therapist practitioner. The post-professional transitional clinical doctorate program in physical therapy, as defined by the APTA, should provide post-baccalaureate physical therapists with opportunities to augment knowledge, skills, and behaviors attained in initial professional education. The goal of RMUoHP is to address the public’s need for high-quality physical therapy service by providing practicing clinicians with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors commensurate with evidence-based practice. This program will highlight aspects of pediatric science such as management of movement disorders, measurement in pediatric therapy, pediatric pharmacology, and imaging, pediatric gait, embryology and fetal development related to neonatal care, and issues in early intervention and school-based practice. An individually-designed pediatric science capstone project allows students to develop a teaching, clinical, or administrative project related to pediatrics. The transitional DPT program is designed for physical therapist practitioners with a bachelor’s or master’s degree to pursue a post-professional clinical doctorate without having to relocate. Students will complete three semesters (with an optional fourth semester to complete the capstone project) in a blended-learning model of onsite face-to-face seminars and online learning activities.
In the transitional DPT program, physical therapist professionals will:
- Develop knowledge, skills and behaviors commensurate with evidence-based practice.
- Demonstrate evidence-based, reflective analyses of pediatric patient care.
- Identify and analyze advanced level pediatric management including screening, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, care plans, intervention, and outcomes assessment.
- Apply ethical theories and legal standards to decision-making regarding healthcare issues.
- Expand technical writing, teaching, and professional presentation competencies.