A 12-18-month program of post-professional clinical and didactic education for physical therapists designed to bridge a Bachelors or Masters degree to the doctorate level. Each student improves their clinical knowledge and practice while completing coursework built upon the current best-evidence for the management of musculoskeletal disorders.

The Experience

A comprehensive blend of didactic, collaborative, and clinical education experiences using a combination of distance learning, online courses, weekend intensive hands-on courses, and clinical practice hours. Courses are taught by EIM’s world class faculty, many of whom are internationally recognized for their contributions to education, research, and practice management. The extensive community that has formed around EIM provides a best practice environment for students to receive the highest caliber of training and to become distinguished leaders in evidence-based orthopaedic and manual physical therapy practice.

The Opportunity

The EIM Postprofessional DPT Program is committed to developing evidence-based physical therapists that are prepared to function as independent practitioners of choice for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Students foster relationships with physical therapy leaders within EIM, opening doors for high-yielding, lifelong professional growth and development. Learn more about EIM’s Musculoskeletal Postprofessional DPT from Program Director, Julie Whitman, PT, DSc.

The Outcome

The Postprofessional DPT Program is designed so that graduates will:

  • 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 life-long learning for themselves and other physical therapists.


EIM is using the well accepted and standardized PTET (Physical Therapist Evaluation Tool) to allow participants to waive courses based on their prior professional experience and coursework.

Winter 2020 Cohort Calendar

Core Course Work

Topic Courses

  • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology & Clinical Lab Tests
  • 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 postprofessional 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 Postprofessional 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 postprofessional DPT for academic purposes, most require that it come from a regionally accredited institution.