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Physical Therapy student and faculty

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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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:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 605-658-5999 or email