Physical Therapy student working with patient

Our Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program is a clinical doctorate-level program for individuals seeking entry-level professional education. The course of study is offered in three consecutive years of coursework. You may apply in the senior year of your undergraduate education.

Students applying to the program must obtain a bachelor's or master's/graduate degree prior to entrance into the D.P.T. program, though they may apply during their senior year of undergraduate study. In addition to the degree, certain prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to entrance into the program. All coursework must be completed and a bachelor's or master's/graduate degree obtained by June 1. Applicants are allowed to have no more than two outstanding prerequisites at the completion of the fall 2018 semester for the 2018-2019 application cycle.

USDPT does not accept transfer credits toward the doctoral degree for previous courses, time in other programs, or work experience.

Enrollment is limited to 32 students selected through a competitive application process by the physical therapy admissions committee, which may be comprised of any combination of the following:

For complete eligibility requirements see the admissions requirements on our graduate page.

Important Information for Fall 2019 Program Entrance

Application material must be submitted to PTCAS and USD by:
Early Admission: Sept. 14, 2018 General Admission: Dec. 3, 2018
*GRE Test should be taken by:
Early Admission: July 31, 2018 General Admission: Nov. 1, 2018
**USD must receive academic updates from PTCAS by:
N/A General Admission: Jan. 2, 2019
Scheduled Interview Dates (by invitation only)
Early Admission: Nov. 9, 2018
(A maximum of 20 applicants will be interviewed for early admission)
General Admission: Feb. 7 & 8, 2019
Minimum Requirements for Interview Selection
Early Admission
  • 9 of the 12 prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline with no more than two prerequisites to be completed after the fall 2018 semester

    Additionally you must meet four of the five thresholds
    (modified annually):
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.7 (as calculated by PTCAS)
  • Prerequisite GPA: 3.7 (as calculated by PTCAS)
  • Verbal GRE: 50th percentile or higher
  • Quantitative GRE: 50th percentile or higher
  • Analytical Writing GRE: 50th percentile or higher
  • General Admission
    Must meet all of the following requirements:
  • 10 of the 12 prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall 2018 semester
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.2 (as calculated by PTCAS)
  • Minimum Prerequisite GPA: 3.2 (as calculated by PTCAS)
  • *The oldest GRE scores considered will be Nov. 1, 2013.
    **Updates received after this date will not be considered or reviewed by the Committee.