Flex DPT Program
Unique and proven hybrid learning model combines distance learning with weekend classes
Since 2005, we have offered a flexible way to obtain your Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree through our Flex distance education program. The Flex program combines online learning with face-to-face hands-on instruction during a few weekends per month at the campus you select when you apply to the program. Learn online, when and where you want to, then meet your fellow students on campus during weekends to experience USAHS’s clinical education from faculty that pioneered distance learning in the PT field.
- More than 50% of coursework is delivered online, so you can study from anywhere at any time that suits your schedule.
- Bi-monthly, on-campus clinical lab sessions are held during weekends so your time required on campus is minimized.
- Three clinical internships during the second half of the program deliver critical hands-on experience and patient management skills. These internships require the student’s full-time participation.*
- The curriculum is identical to the full-time, campus-based DPT program but is delivered over 12 trimesters (4 years) instead of 8
- The Flex DPT program offers students the opportunity to tap into USAHS’s extensive, global network of DPT alumni and clinicians.
- Start at the time of year that best suits your schedule. Our San Marcos and St. Augustine campuses offer starts in Jan and Sept. Our Austin campus offer starts in May and Sept.
How it Works
The Flex DPT program is a combination of distance learning – more than 50% of the coursework is delivered online – and on-campus laboratory classes.
Online courses consist of web-based text with supporting graphics, videos, and audio clips. Students interact with faculty and other students through synchronous and asynchronous interactive collaboration.
• Synchronous – scheduled online learning activities when faculty and students meet at the same time through electronic means
• Asynchronous – online learning activities that can occur at any time and at any location the student desires
Assessment of online learning outcomes includes a variety of evaluation tools depending on the course objectives such as:
• regular quizzes completed online
• graded bulletin board assignments
• case reports
• group projects
• research papers
• article critiques
Don’t worry if you’ve not taken an online class before. USAHS has an excellent online orientation program to help you to learn how to navigate the course software and prepare you for being an online student. Each course also contains a help section and tech support is readily available to all students.
On-Campus Laboratory Classes
In courses with a lab component, students meet on campus for up to 16 hours of laboratory classes per weekend for no more than eight weekends in a 15-week trimester. The lab sessions focus on hands-on learning which is vital to physical therapy education, as well as oral presentations, lab practical testing, social activities, and some proctored written examinations.
*USAHS has a diverse and extensive network of clinical partners where students may be assigned to complete their clinical experiences. Although USAHS will make its best effort to find a clinical placement in close proximity of a student’s current location, students should plan on the potential need to travel or relocate for clinical experiences.