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DPT vs MPT

Discussion in 'Physical Therapy' started by UCLAbruin08, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. UCLAbruin08

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    i know that this has probably been mentioned in another thread a while back, but thought that I should bring it back up since acceptances are slowly being mailed out. In terms of deciding a school does the degree really matter (DPT vs MPT)?

    To me it's similar to having a BSN vs an Associates degree in nursing since both have to take the same NCLEX in the end in order to practice and what you have doesn't really quite matter. Is there a salary difference between those with an MPT and DPT? (I'd ask those I work for, however, it'd be quite an odd conversation) However, considering the changing situation of to which physical therapy is progressing (direct access etc) is it better to get the DPT? I'm only asking because the public schools in Southern California CSUN and CSULB only offer MPT degrees and are considerably cheapter than the more numerous private schools in the surrounding area.
     
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  3. ephyr234

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    My vote goes to MPT for the following reasons:

    1. Employers are not really concerned whether u have an MPT or DPT. Rather some of them are very happy even with a BS - PT. They primarily need:
    A. An experienced PT
    B. with a valid state license
    C. passed out from an APTA accredited course

    2. Hence there is hardly any salary difference betn DPT and MPT

    3. If you look carefully there is not a very significant difference in their syllabus either.

    4. And also hardly any difference in the duties we will be assigned to as a PT after we graduate

    5. Less debt in MPT

    6. So why not pass out a year earlier, use that year to work and get better experience and use that money to do additional courses like BLS, CPR etc ??

    Well..... there are many who will disagree with me of course... but this is my opinion
     
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    The salaries of PTs are not as bad as you think. Some PTs really get the shaft while others can do extremely well. You should know that it depends on so many factors. You can make a lot it just takes some wit. I could go further but I hope you know what I'm talking about. If you go to WCU w/o a GA you will still have to pay around 40K for the two years (out of state). I agree that is much less than 57K which I will be paying and props to you! I wish I would've applied there honestly. However, that's nowhere near 100K for me in the long run. The living expenses are comparable in those regions. I would definitely say you're one of the last lucky few to get a GA and go to WCU for a MPT...that is awesome.

    One other thing, good luck finding a MPT program to apply for. WCU and one other (I think) offer the MPT but WCU has closed that door as of this year.
     
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  7. lee9786

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    I recommend going for the MPT if you can. Spend that extra time getting experience and certifications. Pursue a tDPT down the road while you're working as a PT and attempt to get your employer to help pay for it.
     
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  9. trace26

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    I can't speak for the other schools but I'm currently finishing up my undergrad at CSULB. Their masters program is actually more like 3 years. Your first year you are "conditionally accepted" taking courses like gross anatomy, etc. If you pass all your classes in your first year, you begin the "2 year program". I don't know if all CSUs are like that, but I have a friend at CSULB's masters program and this is what I've been told.

    Getting your masters is immensely cheaper, and it seems popular on this site to recommend going to the cheapest program possible. Just as an FYI, one of my professors announced last week that CSULB is CLOSE to getting the legislative approval to offer a doctorate degree possibly within the next couple years? If that's the case, talk about a bargain DPT degree! Of course, nothing is set in stone currently.

    Good luck at whichever program you choose! :)
     
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