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.
Accelerated D.P.T. Program: Biology, B.S.-Human Dynamics Specialization
The accelerated 3+3 program partnering Biology and Physical Therapy allows students pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a specialization in Human Dynamics to count 29 credit hours of the first year of the doctoral degree in physical therapy (DPT) toward the final (fourth) year of undergraduate programming (biology elective courses). The student will complete 91 credits of undergraduate coursework (including PT Program pre-requisites) before matriculating to the DPT program.
- Preferred application is Sept. 14, 2020 to be considered for interviews on Nov. 5 & 6, 2020
- Final admission deadline is Dec. 1, 2020 to be considered for an interview on Feb. 4 & 5, 2021
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.
The Physical Therapy program does not follow the traditional semester start and end dates for USD. Tentative dates for the upcoming semesters are listed below as they apply to students matriculating in the fall 2021 semester. For holiday observation and spring break information, please refer to the PT Academic Calendar (2021-2022 dates).
- Orientation: July 19-23, 2021
- Fall 2021: July 26 - December 15, 2021
- Spring 2022: January 5 - May 6, 2022
Policies and Procedures
Information related to program policies and procedures including grading, academic and professional behavior, available student services, curriculum details, current academic year calendar, dress code, attendance, grievance procedures, and inclusivity statements can be found in the USDPT Student Handbook.