Our Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a clinical doctorate-level program for individuals seeking entry-level professional education. The course of study is offered in three consecutive years of coursework. You may apply in the senior year of your undergraduate education.

Students applying to the program must obtain a Baccalaureate degree prior to entrance into the DPT Program though they may apply during their senior year of undergraduate study. In addition to the degree, certain prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to entrance into the program. All coursework must be completed and a Baccalaureate degree obtained by June 1st.

Enrollment is limited to 28 students selected through a competitive application process by the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee, which may be comprised of any combination of the following:

  • PT faculty
  • Members of the SD PT Association
  • Faculty members from the Basic Sciences
  • Alumni of the PT Program
  • Clinical Faculty

For complete eligibility requirements please see the admissions requirements on our Graduate page.

Important Information for Fall 2017 Program Entrance

Criteria Early Admission General Admission
Application material must be submitted to PTCAS & USD by: September 15, 2016 December 1, 2016
*GRE Test must be taken by: July 31, 2016 November 1, 2016
**USD must receive Academic Updates from PTCAS by: N/A January 3, 2017
Scheduled Interview Dates (by invitation only) November 17, 2016
A maximum of 20 applicants will be interviewed for early admission
February 9 & 10, 2017
Minimum Requirements for Interview Selection 9 of the 12 prerequisites must be completed with no more than 2 prerequisites to be completed during the Spring semester

Additionally you must meet four of the five thresholds (modified annually):
Cumulative GPA: 3.7 (as calculated by PTCAS)
Prerequisite GPA: 3.7 (as calculated by PTCAS)
Verbal GRE: 50% or higher
Quantitative GRE: 50% or higher
Analytical Writing GRE: 50% or higher
Must meet both of the following requirements:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.2 (as calculated by PTCAS)

Minimum Prerequisite GPA: 3.2 (as calculated by PTCAS)

*The oldest GRE scores considered will be November 1, 2012.
**Updates received after this date will not be considered on applications.