In Mississippi, residents have two options for earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) on campus – William Carey University and University of Mississippi. If you want to be able to apply to more options or explore different kinds of programs, there are also online DPT programs that you can apply to, allowing you to complete your degree at out of state institutions without having to leave home too frequently. It can be hard to decide which of these very different options is best for you – this guide will help you figure out how to choose the programs you want to apply to.

Online DPT Programs vs On-Campus Programs in Mississippi

As you start the DPT program application process, you will need to think about what programs are the best fit for you. While many factors may influence your decision, some may be less negotiable than others. One question you may want to ask yourself first is whether you have any commitments to work, family, or anything else that might put limits on when and where you may be able to go to class. If you are on the busier side, you may want to consider programs that don’t require commuting to class, for example. You should also think about how steady your schedule is. If your commitments vary from week to week, it might be helpful to enroll in a program that lets you view lectures on your own time.

Once you take your scheduling needs into consideration, you might want to start thinking about which programs are most conducive to your learning style. Do you learn better in a classroom without distractions or in the comfort of your own home? Do you need to be able to attend in person office hours or do online meetings via webcam make it easier to get the help you need? These are the questions you might ask in order to determine whether an on campus or online DPT program is best for you.

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Online DPT Programs in Mississippi

Because learning to become a PT requires some level of hands-on experience, there are currently no purely online DPT programs out there. While most of your classwork may be completed online in many cases, all online programs currently in existence do require periodic trips to campus for lab and skills learning. Because of this, the programs are actually considered to be hybrid programs. While this may typically only mean a few annual trips to campus, applicants should consider whether making it to these requirements is reasonable for them.

Online courses are delivered in one of two ways – in either a synchronous format or an asynchronous format. Synchronous courses are delivered in real time – either through video streaming, chats, or other live means. Asynchronous courses are delivered through means that are not live – perhaps through pre recorded lectures or activities that you can complete at a time most convenient for you. Programs may teach course material in a variety of ways, mixing the two kinds of delivery methods.

While asynchronous delivery may provide students with more flexibility, synchronous delivery may allow for a higher level of engagement as you can interact with peers and professors as you learn.

No matter which kind of online program you enroll in, you will need to complete clinical experiences in person at clinical placement sites. Online programs will offer varying degrees of help in securing placement sites local to where you live. Make sure to find out what kind of help you will receive in securing local placement sites from the programs you are interested in.

On Campus DPT Programs in Mississippi

The on campus experience is familiar to most, particularly to anyone who has completed an undergraduate degree at an on campus institution. Students report to class in buildings across campus at set class times. Typically for on campus DPT programs, clinical experiences are completed in the area local to the institution.

How Long Do Mississippi DPT Programs Take to Complete?

It may take between two and a half and three years to complete a DPT degree. Each program will vary, so it is important to check with the institutions you are applying to about how long those programs are.

You can see the specific program lengths for all Mississippi on campus and online DPT programs in the tables below.

Typical Hybrid DPT Programs Available to Mississippi Students

The following hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs are available to students in Mississippi.

School NameTypeLive ClassesOn-Campus RequirementsTime to Complete
Arcadia University (Sponsored)HybridYesUnspecified2 years
Baylor University HybridSomeTwice per semester2 years
Nova Southeastern University HybridSomeEvery 4th week4 years
South College HybridNoQuarterly2 years
Tufts UniversityHybridSomeEight visits2 years
University of Southern California (Sponsored)HybridYesUp to twice per semester3 years
University of St. Augustine HybridSomeTwice per month4 years

On Campus DPT Programs in Mississippi

The following DPT programs can be found on Mississippi campuses:

ProgramCityTime to CompleteGPA Requirement
University of MississippiOxford36 months3.0
William Carey UniversityHattiesburg36 months3.0

General Tips on How to Become a Physical Therapist in Mississippi

To become a physical therapist in Mississippi, here are some common steps:

  1. Earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree – Consider looking for physical therapy programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) which may help you ensure you meet certification requirements in the future.
  2. Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) – To do this, you will likely need to get approval from both the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) and the state of Mississippi.
  3. Get Licensed – You may want to make sure your NPTE score is set up to be transferred to the Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy so that the state can issue your certification once you pass and check with the board to make sure you meet any additional requirements for licensure. This is a high-level overview, make sure to check out Mississippi’s state board for exact requirements.