USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs


USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs

Residential DPT Program

Live near campus. Attend classes on University of Southern California’s campus and complete clinical experiences in the greater Los Angeles area or across the nation.

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Hybrid DPT Program

Continue living at home. Attend classes online and on USC’s campus and complete clinical experiences in your community or across the nation.

USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, ranked No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best graduate physical therapy (PT) schools, offers its premier Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in both residential and hybrid formats.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), USC’s DPT programs feature a renowned faculty of scientists and clinicians, world-class facilities and a diverse and talented student body. USC graduates are prepared to provide patient-centered, evidence-based care and to become leaders in the physical therapy profession.

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Residential DPT Program Overview

USC’s residential DPT program has consistently been recognized for its strength in education, integration with research and emphasis on clinical practice. As one of the nation’s first entry-level DPT programs, we have a history of leadership in the field, providing an innovative yet practical education. As a student, you will learn from and collaborate with our esteemed faculty, who are actively influencing the field through research and practice. You will benefit from USC’s location within an elite medical community that includes state-of-the-art teaching hospitals and laboratories, and you will engage with a powerful network of practitioners who set a high bar for clinical excellence.

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Hybrid DPT Program Overview

The hybrid DPT program, DPT@USC, blends the convenience of online learning with the excellence of USC’s residential DPT program. Featuring the same curriculum and faculty as the residential program, DPT@USC offers you the opportunity to attend classes online and intermittently on campus. You will complete the same 50 weeks of mentored clinical experiences as residential program students; however, your clinical experiences can be completed in your community or at sites across the nation. You will form strong connections with peers and USC faculty, recognized leaders in practice and research, through interactive online classes and on-campus immersion experiences in Los Angeles.

Learn about the hybrid DPT program.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Residential DPT Program

Final Application DeadlineDecember 3, 2018

Hybrid DPT Program

Early Action DeadlineDecember 14, 2018


Job opportunities for physical therapists are expected to grow by 34 percent by 2024.1


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Take the next step toward earning your Doctor of Physical Therapy with USC. Learn more about our DPT programs below.

1 https://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2017-04-03/4-fields-where-doctorates-lead-to-jobs