Post-Professional DPT

Post-professional DPT

Earn your post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 100% online. 


About our post-professional DPT

Our online post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)  is a 30-credit-hour program is for licensed, practicing physical therapists who desire lifelong learning, engagement, and leadership in their field. Spalding’s School of Physical Therapy offers both the post-professional DPT as well as an entry-level DPT program. So, you’ll not only gain degree parity with physical therapists who graduate from entry-level DPT programs but you’ll also receive a current body of knowledge and skills that can be directly applied to in your career.

  • You can start in any semester, and most classes can be taken in any order.
  • Program length based on transfer credits (may be eligible to transfer up to 10 hrs).
  • You’ll learn with and from physical therapy clinicians from around the country.
  • You’ll work with a skilled and caring faculty who have online teaching experience.

Program Details

  • 100% online format
  • 30 credit hours
    • Online classes and lectures (18 credit hours)
    • Capstone (2 credit hours)
  • 10 students per cohort
  • Rolling admissions

We will begin accepting applications in summer 2021. Tell us a little bit about yourself and we’ll let you know when our application opens.

Rich, Diverse Online Learning

post-professional dpt student on laptop at home

Spalding’s post-professional DPT program provides a rich, diverse online learning community. You’ll work with and engage in shared learning with other physical therapists who practice in a variety of settings all over the country. Our faculty have decades of clinical practice and are certified in a variety of specialties, including pediatrics and geriatrics. They use innovative teaching and learning strategies to meet the diverse needs of students they teach.

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Course Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
DPT 731 Diagnostics and Pharmacology I   1
DPT 832 Diagnostics and Pharmacology II 2
DPT 833 Diagnostics and Pharmacology III 2
DPT 834 Diagnostics and Pharmacology IV 2
DPT 851 Critical Inquiry I 2
DPT 852 Critical Inquiry II 2
DPT 953 Critical Inquiry III 3
DPT 992 Teaching and Learning in Physical Therapy 2
DPT 993 Special Topics in Physical Therapy 2
DPT 994 Capstone in Physical Therapy Practice   2

Admission Deadlines

We will begin accepting applications in summer 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

In the meantime, we encourage you to tell us about yourself, and we’ll be in touch with more program information.

Admission Requirements

As an applicant to Spalding’s post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) you must submit a graduate application and show evidence of the following:

  • You are a graduate of a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program and/or equivalency as determined by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT).
  • You hold a current license to practice physical therapy in any US state or jurisdiction.
Spalding’s physical therapy faculty is knowledgeable, experienced and ready to support you in your learning. As academic leaders, physical therapists and board-certified specialists, our faculty are skilled at providing current, evidence-based instruction in a hybrid and online learning environments.

Program Director & Faculty

Elisa Zuber, PhD

Program Director

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Dr. Elisa ZuberElisa M. (Lisa) Zuber, PT, PhD is Professor and Chair of the School of Physical Therapy and Director of the DPT Program. She holds a BS degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, an MS degree in education from Radford University and a PhD in physical therapy from the University of Central Arkansas. She had a variety of experience in physical therapy practice and education before becoming Associate Director of the Department of Accreditation at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for 12 years. She returned to education in 2008 and has become passionate about the delivery of physical therapy curricula in a blended format, earning a certificate in blended learning in 2017. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Health Humanities Consortium, and has been active with Hands of Light in Action, a non-governmental organization (NGO) specializing in disaster relief.

Meredyth Arnott, PT, DPT

Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor

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Meredyth ArnottMeredyth Arnott, PT, DPT graduated with a BS in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University (1995) and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota (2014). Dr. Arnott is a Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, holds CAPP-1 certification in pelvic floor physical therapy from American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is a vestibular therapist with Advanced Competency (Herdman/Clendaniel) credentials. She has served as a clinical instructor since 1996 and is a certified APTA Clinical Instructor. Dr. Arnott has been teaching post-professional Physical Therapy DPT and entry-level physical therapy education, beginning in 2017, utilizing online and hybrid (low residency) formats. She is co-author of a peer-reviewed published manuscript, continues to work on scholarly endeavors, and holds membership in American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA) and Academy of Physical Therapy Education (APTE).

Lynda Ross, PT, DPT

Associate Professor

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Lynda Ross

Dr. Ross received a BS in Physical Therapy (1984), an MS (1996) Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, a DHS (2014) in Health Professions Education from Midwestern University, and a DPT (2015) from Nova Southeastern University.  She is a Board-Certified Pediatric and Neurologic Clinical Specialist.  She has 6 years’ experience as core faculty in both blended learning and traditional format professional DPT education programs.  Her scholarship interests are focused on clinical reasoning, interprofessional education, blended learning instructional strategies, and vestibular and balance dysfunction across the lifespan.  She has 37 years of clinical experience with diverse patient populations across the lifespan and health care continuum and is actively involved in clinical practice as a home health physical therapist. Her primary teaching responsibilities are neuroscience, movement science, and neuromuscular physical therapy.

Goutam Singh, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Goutam Singh, PhD is an assistant professor of Natural Sciences in the Kosair Charities School of Physical Therapy. Dr. Singh graduated with a BS from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (2008) and graduated with an MS in exercise physiology (2012) and PhD in physiology (2017) from the University of Louisville. Dr. Singh subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship (2021) in the Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric Neurorecovery at the University of Louisville. Dr. Singh’s research is focused on identifying the multifaceted role of trunk muscles across multiple physiological systems and to investigate therapeutic potential of non-invasive neuromodulation to promote motor recovery in children with spinal cord injury.

Kay Tasso, PT, PhD


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Kay TassoDr. Tasso obtained her PhD in Curriculum Leadership from the University of Florida, her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech, and her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University.  She has over 20 years of teaching experience both in the traditional on-campus model and the blended model.  Dr. Tasso has over 37 years of experience as a physical therapist primarily in early intervention in children’s homes.  She has been a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy since 1994.

Her professional volunteerism has included local and state components of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, the Florida Board of Physical Therapy and pro bono pediatric PT services.