Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is the science of healing and art of caring. Professionals in this field are focused on prevention, health promotion, management of disability and restoration of function following disease, injury or loss of function. The goal of physical therapy is to help patients reach their maximum performance potential while learning to live within the limits of their capabilities.
At USD, our faculty are experienced professionals who bring real-world experience to the classroom. As board-certified clinical specialists in sports, orthopedics, geriatrics, neurology and other subdisciplines, they understand the nuanced demands and opportunities of physical therapy and bring that insight to their research and their classrooms. Our students gain invaluable hands-on experience through clinical education and research opportunities, and they have access to state-of-the-art facilities here on campus. With a person-centered and evidence-based approach to their work, our students graduate ready to enter the physical therapy profession and deliver the highest quality care to their patients.
Join our community of movement experts, researchers and care teams in the USD Department of Physical Therapy.