Sep 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Admissions Information  

The graduation requirements are subject to change. Please contact the department to verify the current required course work. The total number of hours for graduation is 136 semester credit hours. The program begins in the fall and will take 3 years to complete.

Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.): Total 136 credit hours

Year Three - Fall Semester: Total 17 credit hours

Year Three – Spring Semester: Total 16 credit hours

Total 136 degree credit hours

Accelerated DPT Program: Biology, B.S.-Human Dynamics Specialization with DPT standard program

Admissions Information  

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.

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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. The Program will provide an entry level, professional graduate program with an intensive curriculum leading to a Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree and successful state licensure. 
  2. Students/graduates will demonstrate skills in the provision of interprofessional, patient-centered care within medically underserved and rural clinic environments. 
  3. Students/graduates will demonstrate personal and professional growth and development that draws on leadership opportunities, ethical behavior, and a commitment to service. 
  4. Students/graduates will appropriately use evidence to inform practice and scholarly endeavors and to develop lifelong learning behaviors. 

Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The University of South Dakota as of July 1, 2020, cannot confirm whether any particular course or program meets educational prerequisites for professional licensure or certification in states other than South Dakota. If you are planning to apply for licensure/certification in a state other than South Dakota after completion of your program, contact the academic department offering your major or CDE at 605.658.6152 or by email at USD is working to comply with these requirements and will provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference the State Authorization webpage below.

Information about State Authorization & Professional Licensure