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Post-professional DPT in Musculoskeletal Management


Length: 18 months

Summer 2024 Deadline:

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For: PT

The EIM Post-Professional DPT program is a transitional DPT program committed to developing evidenced-informed physical therapists who are prepared to function as autonomous practitioners for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. This 18 month program of clinically oriented education is designed to bridge one’s foundational education to the DPT level. Each student is challenged to improve their clinical knowledge and enhance their personal practice with coursework that grounded in evidenced informed and patient centered clinical decision making and reasoning. Students develop a skill set that will foster life-long learning, profession growth and clinical development. They will be exposed to passionate faculty that embody clinical relevance, evidence informed practice, and patient centered decision making.


  • Grow as practitioners grounded in the principles of evidence-based medicine and become experts at integrating that knowledge into clinical practice.
  • Develop evidence-based practice principles and behave accordingly in daily practice.
  • Flourish in a cutting-edge educational environment that integrates state of the art learning tools with advanced professional clinical practice.
  • Gain skills to confidently and professionally interact with other members of the health care team and provide leadership in the care for musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Promote lifelong learning for physical therapists.


EIM’s tDPT, like all tDPTs, is unaccredited, because CAPTE only accredits entry level DPT programs. EIM is a teaching institute that is licensed to issue certificates; however, it is not a regionally accredited institution. If your goals are clinical in nature, this program will meet your needs; if your goals are academic, we recommend researching requirements for your tDPT.


    Kristin Smith, PT, DPT, DSC, OCS, FAAOMPT

    Program Director


    Michelle Ang



    • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology
    • APPT 6210 – Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • APPT 6220 – Essentials of Medical Screening
    • BUSI 6200 – Business Management Principles for the Rehab Therapist
    • PROF 6100 – Professionalism: Roles & Responsibilities
    • TPS 6410 – Therapeutic Neuroscience Education

    Please note that the post-professional DPT degree is not intended as an advanced academic degree in preparation for teaching as ranked faculty in a physical therapy educational program. The EIM Post-professional DPT is designed to be a clinically oriented degree. Typically, academic institutions seek ranked faculty members who have “terminal doctoral degrees”, such as a PhD, DSc, etc. Individuals desiring an advanced academic degree that prepares them for teaching should pursue the appropriate degree (ie, PhD, DSc, etc.) based on feedback from their target institution. While some institutions with a clinical faculty appointment track recognize the post-professional DPT for academic purposes, most require that it come from a regionally accredited institution.


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