May 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Admissions Information   

Student Learning Outcomes  

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.

Program Overview

The doctoral program’s curriculum provides skills in leadership, ethics, service and patient-centered care serving medically underserved and rural clinic environments. It focuses on evaluation, treatment planning, performance of tests, client education, consultative services, and supervision of support personnel. This program has been accredited by CAPTE since 1993. Learn more at

DELIVERY: On campus

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

Year Three - Summer: Total 8 credit hours

Year Three - Fall Semester: Total 16 credit hours

Year Three – Spring Semester: Total 16 credit hours

Any Program Semester: Total 1 credit hour

Total 136 degree credit hours

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit:

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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Courses or Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification

The educational curriculum for your academic program may or may not meet 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, please review that state and your program on USD’s Licensure-Track Programs webpage. Licensure-Track Programs

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 USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Department of Physical Therapy
605-658-5999 | |

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 |  |