Welcome, Class of 2020. You'll find information below about your admission to the Physical Therapy program.

Pre-Campus Requirements

Incoming Students (See Below)

About Vermillion

Email and registration access

Orientation schedule


Immunization Policy and Form



CPR Policy

Dress Code


Health Insurance Policy

Class Calendar

Online Classifieds

Final Transcripts

Financial Aid Information

Campus Computing Requirements



Be prepared to attend orientation with required sessions beginning on July 17 in the Lee Medical Building. Regular PT classes will begin on July 24.


You will want to make familiarize yourself with the Physical Therapy Student Handbook. This document will provide you with all of the policies and procedures you will need to be aware of during your time at USD. Incoming students are required to read through the handbook prior to orientation. The handbook will be made available in the weeks before orientation.


The PT program strongly recommends the purchase of a laptop or tablet computer supported by USD Information Technology Services. Please review the list of computer expectations and recommendations. These guidelines are typically updated each spring.

Students are responsible for providing any/all adapters and ethernet (internet) cables for use in the program. Please come prepared to orientation with an ethernet cable.

Prior to orientation, please register your computer with ITS. This assists our technicians when setting up your computer on the USD network. Please do NOT try to connect to the USD network as a guest user. USD ITS will assist all incoming students with connecting to the USD wireless network during orientation.

Program of Study

The Program of Study is the list of courses that you will be required to enroll in during your time at USD. PT students will want to make themselves familiar with this list of courses.

Class Calendar

All class calendars are available as a Google calendar. Your USD e-mail account will be sent a website link to the calendar as the calendar is finalized in early July. Please note that this link will be active and contain the calendars for your term as a student at USD. Be aware that future semester courses will appear on this calendar BEFORE they are finalized. Please do not rely on the future semester information to make plans until the semester actually begins.

A list of semester start and end dates can be found below. Please plan on being in class daily from approximately 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. A detailed calendar will be shared with you at orientation. Dates are subject to change.

Semester Classes Begin Classes End
Orientation Monday, July 17, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
Fall 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Spring 2018 Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018


A list of textbooks needed for the fall semester can be found on our campus bookstore website. The courses you need to search for can be found on the Program of Study. You will need to purchase your books prior to the first day of class.

Physical Therapy Budget

To assist you in financial planning while attending the USD Physical Therapy program, the USD Financial Aid Office has prepared a cost sheet which includes estimated "living costs," tuition, books, and other program-related fees.

Financial Aid

You will not be able to pick up your financial aid until after classes begin. You may contact Lindsay Miller in the Financial Aid Office at 605-658-6250 or by e-mail at Lindsay.Miller@usd.edu with any questions.

APTA has now introduced the APTA Financial Solutions Center. APTA is committed to providing members with the tools and resources they need to make the best financial decisions possible.

APTA Membership

A membership in APTA is mandatory. It also offers discounts on a variety of textbooks. Please join online before the start of classes. Join at the APTA website. In addition to your personal information, you'll need the following:

  • Program Director: Dr. Lana Svien

  • Phone Number: 605-658-6500
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2020

Professional Image Policy

The USD PT program requires a specific dress code when attending class, lab or other related program event. Please take time to read through the Physical Therapy Professional Image Policy and Attire Guidelines to make yourself familiar with the dress code. Lab coats and scrubs will be available for purchase during orientation. Please come to the program prepared.

Additionally, online purchase of approved polos and department jackets are available. A link will be posted for these purchases when the clothing choices and prices have been determined.


There are scholarships available to Physical Therapy students. You will be notified of these opportunities once classes begin.

APTA has now introduced the APTA Financial Solutions Center. This site has scholarships, awards, and grant opportunities as well as a career center to view the most recent job openings.