School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy

On The Move


Dynamic Career

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession based on theory, but with a variety of real-world, clinical applications. Physical therapists not only help people function optimally, they also work to prevent people from developing conditions or disorders that limit their fitness.


Why Us?

We offer an extraordinary education in physical therapy. A recent review from our national accreditation team resulted in full accreditation through 2019, with commendation. That means you are assured the highest quality education. Here are a few other signs of our quality:

  • Two students recently won national awards
  • 97 percent graduation rate since inception of the program
  • 100 percent job placement
  • Board scores exceeding the national average
  • International service opportunities
  • USDPT student outcomes


A degree in physical therapy will place you on a path to a career helping people improve their quality of life.

Lana Svien, Program Chairperson


USD Department of Physical Therapy Mission
The mission of the USD Physical Therapy Clinical Doctoral Program is to develop scholars, practitioners, and life-long learners  who provide evidence based physical therapist services throughout the patient lifespan and demonstrate leadership within rural and medically underserved practice environments.


USD Department of Physical Therapy Vision

To be recognized leaders in physical therapist education who use interactive instruction, develop inter-professional leaders, and promote optimal movement to improve the human experience.


USD Department of Physical Therapy Workshops


The Department of Physical Therapy at The University of South Dakota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: