Physical Therapy student working with patient

Support & Care

As a physical therapist, you'll learn the science of healing and art of compassion.

Physical therapy, the science of healing and art of caring, involves evaluation, treatment planning, performance of tests and measures, client education, consultative services, and supervision of support personnel.


Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Doctors of physical therapy are recognized as movement scientists, improving patient and clients' quality of life to improve their ability to participate in and contribute to society.

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Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (t-D.P.T)

The t-D.P.T. program has been designed for the licensed physical therapist to augment current professional knowledge, skills, and behaviors.

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Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

  • Early application is Sept. 15, 2017 to be considered for early interview on Nov. 16, 2017
  • General admission deadline is Dec. 1, 2017 to be considered for an interview on Feb. 8 & 9, 2018
  • t-D.P.T. applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a final deadline of July 31, 2018


Program information is available on PTCAS in addition to this website. Additional recruitment occurs via local and regional job and/or graduate school fairs. Appointments with admissions faculty and staff are available upon request to 605-658-6356.

Semester Dates

The Physical Therapy program does not follow the traditional semester start and end dates for USD. Dates for the upcoming semesters are listed below as they apply to students matriculating in the fall 2018 semester.

  • Orientation: July 16-20, 2018
  • Fall 2018: July 23 - December 12, 2018
  • Spring 2019: January 2 - May 3, 2019