Optimizing movement to improve the human experience.
Physical therapy is a rewarding field that is projected to grow by 34 percent over the next 10 years. Through our faculty experts and small class sizes, you will learn the skills you need to care for patients. In fact, over the past five years, 98.7 percent of our students passed the National Physical Therapy Exam on the first attempt.
As a physical therapy student, you will:
- Present your research at national conferences
- Assist physical therapy faculty in treating Division I athletes
- Participate in one of our 200-plus clinical education sites around the world
- Get personalized academic and career assistance from a core faculty advisor
- Learn from board-certified clinical specialists in sports, orthopedics, geriatrics and neurology
By the time you graduate, you'll enter the physical therapy field with the well-rounded background necessary to succeed.
Our program is located in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center, a building which offers state-of-the-art teaching, learning and clinic space. Students also take classes, including an interprofessional human gross anatomy course and simulation experiences, in the Lee Medical building.
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Help patients perform at their absolute best as a physical therapist.
VERMILLION, S.D. – Joy Karges-Brown, PT, EdD, MS, professor and director of Clinical Education in the University of South Dakota’s Department of Physical Therapy, has been named to the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association Hall of Fame.
USD Physical Therapy, in collaboration with Sanford Health, developed a PT Sports Residency. Residents will work directly with USD student athletes and work at Sanford POWER in Sioux Falls. First review of applications begins December 1.
The Department of Physical Therapy at The University of South Dakota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.