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 2019 semester for the 2019-2020 application cycle.
USDPT does not accept transfer credits toward the doctoral degree for previous courses, time in other programs, or work experience.
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: https://www.wiche.edu/files/files/PSEPhandout.pdf.
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.
|Application material must be submitted to PTCAS and USD by:|
|Early Admission: Sept. 13, 2019||General Admission: Dec. 2, 2019|
|*GRE Test should be taken by:|
|Early Admission: July 31, 2019||General Admission: Nov. 1, 2019|
|**USD must receive academic updates from PTCAS by:|
|N/A||General Admission: Jan. 2, 2020|
|Scheduled Interview Dates (by invitation only)|
|Early Admission: Nov. 8, 2019
(A maximum of 20 applicants will be interviewed for early admission)
|General Admission: Feb. 6 & 7, 2020|
|Minimum Requirements for Interview Selection|
Additionally you must meet four of the five thresholds
Must meet all of the following requirements:
*The oldest GRE scores considered will be Nov. 1, 2014.
**Updates received after this date will not be considered or reviewed by the Committee.