The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs at the University of Southern California (USC) provide the required educational preparation for a professional career as a physical therapist. Graduates are knowledgeable, self-assured, adaptable and reflective practitioners, prepared to become leaders in the profession while enhancing the health and quality of life of people in their communities. The educational philosophy is to maximally challenge each student and facilitate his or her development of skills for lifelong learning, professional development and leadership.
USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, a No. 1 ranked school of physical therapy by U.S. News & World Report, is committed to shaping the future of physical therapy. The DPT programs promote excellence in clinical decision-making based on current research evidence, clinical expertise and patient perspective.
Established in 1945, the Division is recognized for its rigor and continual leadership in advancing physical therapist education. Graduates from the residential program have contributed immensely to society and the profession through practice, teaching, administration and the discovery and application of new physical therapy knowledge.
The newly established hybrid program, DPT@USC, is continuing to transform education in the PT field, acting as a model for other programs throughout the nation. DPT@USC is designed to match the caliber of its on-campus equivalent, enabling USC to influence a rapidly changing health care landscape by educating future PT leaders across the country.
This distinction as one of the premier physical therapy programs in the country derives from USC’s mission, vision and objectives:
To enhance the health and quality of life of all people by advancing physical therapy education, science and practice.
To transform health care by creating the future in physical therapy.
Transform education to meet societal needs
Develop leaders for a rapidly changing health care system
Integrate research and practice to advance science and human health
Influence local and global communities of practice