The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Southern California (USC) provides 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.

The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy offers an esteemed DPT program in both a residential pathway and a hybrid pathway.

Why USC?

USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, a top-ranked school of physical therapy by U.S. News & World Report, is committed to shaping the future of physical therapy. The DPT program promotes 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 DPT program have contributed immensely to society and the profession through practice, teaching, administration and the discovery and application of new physical therapy knowledge.

Our distinction as one of the premier physical therapy programs in the country derives from USC’s mission, vision and objectives:

Our Mission

To enhance the health and quality of life of all people by advancing physical therapy education, science and practice.

Our Vision

To transform health care by creating the future in physical therapy.

Our Objectives

  • 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

Explore our Strategic Vision: Transforming Healthcare

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