University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The - Bridge PTA to DPT Program Bridge PTA to DPT Program
University of Texas Medical Branch 301 University Boulevard Department of Physical Therapy Galveston TX 77550 United States
Phone+1 409.772.3068
CAPTE Accredited
Program Description
The UTMB Physical Therapist Assistant to Doctor of Physical Therapy Bridge program is a two year and 4 month hybrid based program with minimal on-campus requirements for Physical Therapist Assistants to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. The Bridge program will prepare the student in patient management from evaluation to treatment, application of evidence based practice, leadership, education and research. UTMB Bridge students may participate in patient simulation labs, standardized patient experiences, and neurologic and orthopedic clinics during didactic semesters to prepare them for four clinical internships. Clinical internships begin during the third semester and are available in Texas.

The Physical Therapy program at UTMB is the oldest Physical Therapy program in Texas and is located on the UTMB Health campus, which allows students access to outstanding faculty and resources from the Health Professions, Nursing and Medical Schools. Students also have access to inpatient and outpatient physical therapy services on Galveston Island as well as the mainland. Additional teaching resources include facilities and clinical experts in the nearby affiliated Texas Medical Center located in Houston.

The faculty in the Bridge program have expertise that covers the vast specialty areas of the physical therapy profession including neurological, orthopedic, pediatric, geriatric and cardiopulmonary. Along with the expertise in these areas, we have faculty with APTA Specialization Certification in Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Orthopedics and Neurology. The faculty members are committed to providing traditional and nontraditional learning experiences that are integrated around recurring themes related to the multiple roles of the physical therapist in patient care, health promotion, research, management, education, and community service.

Typically, UTMB DPT graduates have a 100% licensure exam pass rate and 100% employment rate. Many of our students have continued their education by completing clinical residencies and specialty certifications.
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We typically conduct Interviews via Skype for Business
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