School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy

PT Admissions

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.

Application Information

The USD PT Department offers a clinical doctorate-level program for individuals seeking entry-level professional education. All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree. The course of study is offered in three consecutive years of coursework.

Enrollment is limited to 26 students. Students are selected through a competitive application process based on evaluation of the following factors (in no order of importance):

  1. Academic preparation (minimum cumulative and prerequisite grade point averages of 3.2 are required)
  2. Essay
  3. 50 hours of physical therapy observation and/or experience (must be complete by the time of application)
  4. Reference letters
  5. A personal interview
  6. GRE scores

The PT Admissions Committee selects the 26 students for admissions. The committee may be comprised of any combination of the following individuals:

  1. PT faculty
  2. Members of the SD PT Association
  3. Faculty members from the Basic Sciences
  4. Alumni of the PT Program
  5. Clinical Faculty

Important Information for Fall 2015 Program Entrance


Early Admission

General Admission

Application material must be submitted to PTCAS & USD by this date: 

September 15, 2014

December 1, 2014

*GRE Test must be taken by this date:

July 31, 2014

November 1, 2014

**USD must receive Academic Updates from PTCAS by this date:


January 15, 2015

Scheduled Interview Dates (by invitation only)

November 14, 2014

February 12 & 13, 2015

Minimum Requirements for Interview Selection

Must meet four of the five thresholds (modified annually):

  1. Cumulative GPA:  3.7
  2. Prerequisite GPA:  3.7
  3. Verbal % of 48 or higher
  4. Quantitative % of 49 or higher
  5. Analytical Writing % of 42 or higher

Must meet both of the following requirements:

  1. Minimum Cumulative GPA:  3.2
  2. Minimum Prerequisite GPA:  3.2

*The oldest GRE scores considered will be November 1, 2010. 
Updates received after this date will not be considered on applications.

Application Instructions


New application instructions will be updated annually by July 1st.