Accreditation & Outcomes


The DPT program at the University of South Dakota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 605-658-5999 or email

The Sanford Health and the University of South Dakota Sports Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in sports.

PT Applicants and Outcomes

The Commission on the Accreditation of Physical Therapist Education requires public availability of program outcomes information.

USD Doctor of Physical Therapy Applicant Data

Application Cycle

Applications Received

Applicants Accepted

Entering Average GPA

173 32 3.86 cumulative
3.79 prerequisite
189 32 3.83 cumulative
3.76 prerequisite
194 32 3.79 cumulative
3.70 prerequisite

USD Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Annual Outcomes

National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) Ultimate Passage Rate* 

First-Attempt NPTE Passage Rate*        

Graduation Rate 

Employment Rate**

Graduating Class of 2023 (N=32)
USD: 93.8%
National: 93.6% 
USD: 90.6%
National: 85.5%
100% 100%
Graduating Class of 2022 (N=31)
USD: 100%
National: 90% 
USD: 100%
National: 87%

2-year average of most recently available data

USD: 100%
National: 95%

USD: 98%
National: 91%



*Data from 11.15.23 FSBPT Basic Pass Rate Report

**Among licensed graduates

The University of South Dakota Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is committed to financial transparency.

CAPTE Financial Fact Sheet