New Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy offered

Catherine Ortega, Ed.D., PT, ATC, OCS, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, will lead the new Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree program.

Physical therapists who are seeking a way to update their credentials to the nationally recommended Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree are able to earn the degree through the Health Science Center’s newly approved transitional DPT degree program. “In 2000, the American Physical Therapy Association published its Vision 2020 statement that set a new goal for the profession,” said Catherine Ortega, Ed.D., associate professor and chair of the department. “The goal was that the entry-level degree should be a doctorate in physical therapy. Now more than 90 percent of the physical therapy programs in the U.S. are offering the DPT degree.”

For more information about the program, visit, or call Dr. Ortega, at 210-567-8750.

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