About the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Founded in 1945, USC's Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy has been a pioneer of the physical therapy (PT) profession and a leader in PT education and research. Currently ranked a No. 1 school of physical therapy in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (published in 2017), the Division has spent the last three decades creating a unique and powerful community of faculty, students, staff, patients and partners to transform the way we prepare the next generation of physical therapists to deliver the highest level of care to society. The Division’s continued excellence derives from a combined strength in clinical service, education and research.

The Division offers multiple degree programs to individuals who want to enter the evolving field of physical therapy, including the three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, which is delivered in both hybrid and residential formats.

The Division is located on USC’s Health Sciences Campus in Northeast Los Angeles, which is surrounded by the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, three large private hospitals and numerous outpatient clinics and diagnostic centers. Both residential and hybrid DPT students benefit from the Division’s location within this elite medical community, as they are able to learn in state-of-the-art clinical facilities, research laboratories and classrooms.