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The 3+3 accelerated program allows qualified students enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program at the University of South Dakota to seek admission during their junior year of undergraduate work and, if accepted, begin the Physical Therapy program early as a senior. These students use their first year of PT coursework to complete their bachelor's degree. This program allows enrolled students to essentially merge a year of undergraduate work with graduate work, thus saving time and money. Eligible undergraduate programs are those which have entered into an approved 3+3 arrangement with Physical Therapy. Approved programs are:

  • Human Dynamics (Biology)


Students interested in the 3+3 program should:

  • Submit the intent form for the 3+3 program by add/drop deadline of your third semester
  • Meet all major, distribution and testing requirements by the end of your junior year
  • Maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA
  • Complete the GRE. It is recommended you take the GRE by August 1 of the last year of your undergraduate classes, as physical therapy admissions have a preferred deadline in mid-September. Test scores from later GRE dates will be accepted as the admissions process allows.
  • Complete all standard admissions requirements to USD Physical Therapy including submission of the PTCAS application no later than the first working day of December of the year prior to which you plan to enroll in the physical therapy program.
  • Obtain a final degree audit from the Office of the Registrar attesting that you have successfully achieved all minimum requirements (93 credits, including major, distribution and testing requirements) prior to enrolling

Meeting all requirements does not guarantee admission to USD Physical Therapy. All students must apply and be considered on the merits of their applications. If an applicant minimally deviates from the GRE and GPA requirements, and demonstrates evidence of extraordinary character, leadership and maturity, we reserve the right to make an exception and grant admission in that case.

Important Documents

Financial Aid

3+3 participants will pay standard undergraduate tuition and fees and receive federal financial aid under the rules for undergraduate students during the first three years as an undergraduate student. Once the student is admitted to the Physical Therapy program and begins courses, they will be billed and receive funding as an PT student. Standard financial aid as a PT student includes the ability to borrow the total cost of attendance, which includes the cost of tuition and fees as well as the estimated cost of living.