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Optimizing movement to improve the human experience.

Physical therapy is a rewarding field that is projected to grow by 18 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 three years our students had a 100 percent pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam.

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.

Drop-in information sessions will be held from 4-5 pm on September 17, October 8, November 12, and December 10, 2021. To access the Zoom session, enter Dr. Jordre's phone number as the meeting ID.

Becca Jordre, USD PT Admissions Chair

The University of South Dakota participates in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Professional Student Exchange Program. For more information about this program, including states that participate in physical therapy programming, please access a handout at:


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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), 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