How to Apply

  • Complete the graduate application and supplemental materials.
    • Note: Only two letters of recommendation are required (one professional and one personal)
  • Send a non-refundable application fee of $35 made payable to USD.
  • Submit the following:
    • Copy of current physical therapy license
    • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning
    • Resume/CV demonstrating the admission requirements and any relevant information in the following categories: Continuing education since graduation, professional memberships, service activities, awards granted, leadership positions, publications/presentations and physical therapy work history.

A criminal background check will be required for those accepted into the program. Applicants will be provided a log-in from the Graduate School after provisional acceptance into the t-D.P.T. program.

Application Process

Mail the above admissions items to:
The University of South Dakota
Graduate School
ATTN: Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion SD 57069-2390


For additional guidance through the admission process contact the Graduate School at 1-800-233-7937 or 605-658-6140