Application information below applies to applicants in the 2019-2020 application cycle.
There are three separate components of the application process that must be submitted. Applicants are responsible for verification of receipt of all documents to PTCAS and the Graduate School.
PTCAS Web-Based Application: The Physical Therapists Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association and allows you to use a single web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple physical therapy education programs.
Your PTCAS application, submitted online prior to the appropriate deadlines, must include:
In addition to the PTCAS online application, all applicants are required to apply to the Graduate School by paying a $35 application fee. You must submit the application fee by the deadline, but we recommend submission at the same time as the PTCAS application. PTCAS applications will not be reviewed until the USD Graduate School fee is received. In order to submit the application fee, please go to https://apps.usd.edu/administrative/deposits/ and select USD Graduate Application Fee ($35.00).
Submit your GRE scores directly to PTCAS from the testing service using the USD PT/PTCAS Code - 7814. You only need to use the USD PT/PTCAS code and not the individual university and department codes. Due to changes in the GRE, it is strongly recommended that you complete your GRE exam by the dates below:
Full admission policies and procedures are available here.
Upon contingent acceptance into the physical therapy program, you will be asked to pay a $400 seat deposit, submit and pay for a criminal background check and sign off that you are able to perform the tasks outlined in the Essential Functions and Technical Standards document.
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.
We encourage you to refer to our application checklist to keep your application organized.
General questions about your application, application status, or prerequisites may be directed to Rita Humphrey (Rita.Humphrey@usd.edu or 605-658-6356). For specific questions concerning decision processes, contact Becca Jordre (Becca.Jordre@usd.edu).