There are three Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs active on Oklahoma campuses – at Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and Langston University. In addition to these three options, there are also hybrid online DPT programs that Ohio students can apply to with the ability to complete much of their degrees right at home. This guide will help you evaluate the different options available to you so that you can figure out which programs you want to apply to.
Online DPT Programs vs On Campus Programs in Oklahoma
A good place to begin your evaluation of DPT program options is by thinking about your lifestyle and scheduling needs. For example, if you are not available to attend class on the weekends, you would not want to select a DPT program that is targeted to weekend students. Likewise, you should consider the time of day that different programs typically offer classes.
You will also want to determine which campuses, if any, are within reasonable driving distance from where you live. Oklahoma ia a large state, and with only three on campus programs available, there is a chance that you don’t live near any of the options. Online DPT programs would be a good consideration for anyone in this situation who would like to complete a DPT degree without relocating.
Last Updated 3/22/2022
Online DPT Programs in Oklahoma
The term online DPT program typically refers to what is better described as a hybrid learning experience. All current online DPT programs still require students to report to campus occasionally for lab/skills learning, so they are not 100% online programs. Still, with campus visits being infrequent and the majority of learning happening online, these hybrid options offer a lot of flexibility for students. When looking at hybrid/online DPT programs, make sure to get a good understanding about what the on campus requirements are so that you only apply to programs that fit your schedule and ability to travel.
Online program components will be delivered in either a synchronous or asynchronous format:
- Synchronous components are live, require students and professors to login for lectures or other requirements “in sync”. An example of this is a lecture delivered via webcam.
- Asynchronous components can be completed “out of sync” on one’s own time. An example of this is a prerecorded lecture.
Students who are looking for an online experience that feels like being in the classroom may appreciate synchronous learning, as it maintains some of the collaboration that happens on campus. Those who require flexibility in order to complete their degree may appreciate asynchronous learning.
Clinical requirements will always take place at placement sites in person. If you opt for an online program, make sure you can be placed by the program at sites local to your home.
On Campus DPT Programs in Oklahoma
In person DPT programs require students to report to campus for classes, exams, and more. Typically, clinical components will take place at sites local to the university.
How Long Do Oklahoma DPT Programs Take to Complete?
A DPT degree could take less than two and a half or more than three years to complete, though many will take between two and a half to three years. Check with the programs you wish to apply to about curriculum and program length.
You can see the specific program lengths for all Oklahoma on campus and online DPT programs in the tables below.
Typical Hybrid DPT Programs Available to Oklahoma Students
The following hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy programs are available to students in Oklahoma.
|School Name||Type||Live Classes||On-Campus Requirements||Time to Complete|
|Allen College||Hybrid||Some||Twice per term||3 years|
|Arcadia University (Sponsored)||Hybrid||Yes||Unspecified||2 years|
|Baylor University||Hybrid||Some||Twice per semester||2 years|
|Nova Southeastern University||Hybrid||Some||Every 4th week||4 years|
|South College||Hybrid||No||Quarterly||2 years|
|Tufts University||Hybrid||Some||Eight visits||2 years|
|University of Southern California (Sponsored)||Hybrid||Yes||Up to twice per semester||3 years|
|University of St. Augustine||Hybrid||Some||Twice per month||4 years|
On Campus DPT Programs in Oklahoma
The following DPT programs can be found on Oklahoma campuses:
|Program||City||Time to Complete||GPA Requirement|
|Oklahoma City University||Oklahoma City||2.5 years||3.0|
|University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center||Oklahoma City||3 years||2.75|
General Tips on How to Become a Physical Therapist in Oklahoma
To become a physical therapist in Oklahoma, here are some common steps. Be sure to check with the state licensing agency for specific state requirements:
- 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.
- 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 Oklahoma.
Get Licensed – You may want to make sure your NPTE score is set up to be transferred to the state organization governing PTs 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 the Oklahoma Medical Board for exact requirements.