Usc Physical Therapy Acceptance Rate

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› Residential DPT ProgramResidential FAQs

Do you accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits and “pass/no pass” grades in lieu of college-level courses or a letter grade to fulfill science prerequisites?

No. Applicants can submit an application including in-progress courses and still be considered for the current admission cycle. However, all prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program in August.

Students complete the residential DPT program in three years (eight semesters).

Substantial clinical experience (150 hours) is required. The prior experience can be either voluntary or paid (i.e., physical therapy aide) and is intended to expose the applicant to the profession of physical therapy and affirm their desire to pursue a career in the field.

Do all the prerequisite courses need to be completed before applying in December?

Bachelor’s Degree

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the date of projected enrollment, which is in August of each year.

Minimum Cumulative and Science GPAs of 3.0

The admissions committee requires that you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0. Higher GPAs tend to be more competitive within the applicant pool.

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If you have dreams of becoming a physical therapist one day, you may have come across the University of Southern California in your college search. The USC Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best physical therapy schools.

Becoming a physical therapist requires a DPT degree, which adds more years to your college education. It also adds more student loan debt.

Although the University of Southern California physical therapy program is highly regarded, it’s also one of the most expensive PT programs in the U.S. One way to decide whether to pursue the program is to compare the tuition and expenses with your future earning potential as a physical therapist. Let’s examine the USC DPT program to see if it’s worth the high cost.

Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Carolina offers students a unique opportunity to develop clinical physical therapy skills in an intimate learning environment.

This dynamic program prepares you to diagnose and treat individuals of all ages that have health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move. As a physical therapist, you will diagnose and enhance physical and functional abilities; restore and promote optimal physical function; and prevent the onset and progression of limitations that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions or injuries.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings and nursing homes.

Students who complete the DPT program at the University of South Carolina have the option of applying, and if accepted, enroll in an accelerated Exercise Science Ph.D. program with a focus in one of three areas including Rehabilitation Sciences, Applied Physiology, or Health Aspects of Physical Activity.

The 3 year Clinical Doctoral program starts in August of each year and admits a small class size that allows students an opportunity to get individualized instruction and closely interact with instructors. Students complete a research project focused on clinical practice and learn the value of evidence-based practice. Following completion of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), students are eligible to sit for the national physical therapy licensure exam.

Students who complete the DPT program at the University of South Carolina have the option of applying, and if accepted, enroll in an accelerated Ph.D. degree in one of three areas including Rehabilitation Sciences [pdf], Applied Physiology, or Health Aspects of Physical Activity.

Explore the specific application deadlines and requirements.

To prepare graduates who skillfully deliver compassionate, evidence-based physical therapy care to maximize the function and health of their clients.

We strive to ensure our graduates and faculty are recognized as exceptional practitioners, researchers, and leaders in the PT community. This high degree of excellence is based upon the philosophy that physical therapy practice is dynamic and requires life-long learning including the application, evaluation, and generation of new knowledge with continued awareness of the unique needs of each individual client.

The Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Carolina is dedicated to maintaining a culture that emphasizes life-long learning and excellence in evidence-based practice. The doctoral curriculum is sequenced to provide students with a foundation upon which clinical skills are developed and refined. Clinical experiences are designed to provide students with the opportunity to practice and advance clinical skills that are sequenced to complement didactic instruction. Graduates are encouraged to further their professional development though pursuit of advanced degrees, residencies, fellowships and employment in settings with active mentorship.

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The Arnold School joins the UofSC faculty senate in condemning racism and injustice in all its forms and actions. Racism and social injustice are strong negative determinants of good health — both physically and mentally — and are antithetical to everything we stand for in academic public health. Learn more from our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Doctor of Physical Therapy program

Current students talk about the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.

Watch our program summary video for the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

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Mental health professional Jessica Kuchta returns to school to shift her focus from the mind to the body as a physical therapist in the Department of Exercise Science’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

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