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Pre-Physical Therapy

Interested in becoming a physical therapist? USD offers specialized programs and carefully designed coursework to prepare you for physical therapy school applications.

Your Path in Pre-Physical Therapy

If you're aspiring to pursue a career in physical therapy, strategic planning of your undergraduate program is essential to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to physical therapy school. Physical therapists play a crucial role in health care, assessing and addressing conditions that impact individuals' physical abilities and everyday activities.

The University of South Dakota's pre-physical therapy path is designed to give students the necessary education for physical therapy school. While the program covers required coursework, are encouraged to consult the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for information about how to apply to physical therapy programs and should reach out to individual schools for specific admission requirements. It's important to talk with an advisor to plan your studies according to the schools you're interested in.

This pre-physical therapy program does not lead to a degree, however USD offers an accelerated physical therapy option, allowing students to complete both their undergraduate and professional degrees concurrently.  Explore the details provided below and refer to our frequently asked questions to gain insights into how the program will shape your USD education and prepare you for success.

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Pre-Physical Therapy

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USD's pre-physical therapy program is crafted to prepare you for applications to physical therapy school. While you won't graduate with a degree specifically in pre-physical therapy, the program complements your chosen major, providing a comprehensive pre-professional curriculum. Advising is pivotal in navigating any pre-professional coursework, so be sure to express your interest in physical therapy school to your advisor and inquire about how this choice will influence your education at USD.

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Pre-Physical Therapy FAQ

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Physical Therapy at USD

The USD physical therapy program will prepare you for success in your specific career path and  cultivate your ability to collaborate seamlessly with professionals in diverse health care fields. With the state's only comprehensive health sciences school and medical school, USD creates a learning environment mirroring the healthcare industry. Here, students engage in coordinated teamwork, gaining hands-on experience through clinical education, research opportunities and utilizing state-of-the-art facilities. Rooted in a person-centered and evidence-based approach, our graduates enter the physical therapy profession ready to provide top-notch care. You'll leave with the skills, knowledge and connections essential for holistic healing.

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Health Care Experts

The University of South Dakota stands as the pinnacle of health care education in the state, hosting South Dakota's only medical school. Renowned as the regional leader in health care education, USD provides comprehensive coursework across various health care disciplines. With an unmatched understanding of the health care landscape, we are dedicated to connecting students to the opportunities necessary to shape their path for the future.

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Incredible Research Opportunities

A unique aspect of your USD education is access to incredible undergraduate research opportunities. Through your academic department, you may have the opportunity to work in specialized research labs under the guidance of highly active faculty. You can also sharpen your writing skills by applying for undergraduate research grants at the university. By accessing high-quality research experiences as an undergraduate student, you can expand your education and set yourself apart in medical school applications.

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