Residential DPT Program 2017-2018 application cycle is closed Apply for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle starting July 1, 2018 through PTCAS
Hybrid DPT Program Early Application Deadline February 26, 2018
Applicants to the three-year hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who currently and will continue to reside in the U.S. for the entirety of the program. They must also satisfy all requirements for USC Graduate School admission, which include:
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the date of projected enrollment, which is in August of each year.
Minimum Cumulative and Science GPAs of 3.0
The admissions committee strongly prefers you have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a minimum science GPA of 3.0. Higher GPAs tend to be more competitive within the applicant pool.
A minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience in a physical therapy setting is required. This work requirement can be completed in a volunteer or paid capacity.
Grades of “C” or better are required in all prerequisite courses, outlined below. Prerequisite courses taken on a “pass/no pass” basis will not be recognized, and AP credits will not be accepted in lieu of college-level courses. Three quarters are considered generally equivalent to two semesters of coursework. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the program.
Biological Sciences: A minimum of 16 semester hours (or 24 quarter hours) in the mammalian biological sciences are required. This coursework must include one course in human anatomy with laboratory and one course in human physiology with laboratory. If a combined human anatomy and physiology course is taken, eight semester hours (or 12 quarter hours) are required.
Chemistry: Eight semester hours (or 12 quarter hours) are required. A general chemistry course with laboratory is preferred, but an organic chemistry course with laboratory series and biochemistry course with laboratory series will be considered. In general, courses designed for “life science” majors are recommended over “survey-type” courses.
Physics: Eight semester hours (or 12 quarter hours) with laboratory are required. A general physics course with laboratory series is preferred. In general, courses designed for “life science” majors are recommended over “survey-type” courses.
Psychology: A minimum of six semester hours (or nine quarter hours) are required and may include general psychology or abnormal psychology.
Statistics and Mathematics: One college-level statistics course is required. Courses taken within the biology, mathematics and psychology departments are accepted. An additional college-level geometry or trigonometry course is recommended (but not required).
To apply for DPT@USC, you must submit the following items:
You must complete the online application and pay a nonrefundable application fee of $90. Access the online application here.
Sealed, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended, including any community college coursework, must be sent to:
Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to email@example.com, as this will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.
We recommend using a sense of urgency when requesting transcripts from your university, as the turnaround time can vary from school to school.
Three essays are required. Submit your essays within the online application. The essay prompts are:
What is professionalism in the context of being a student in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program? (4,500 characters)
Describe a specific experience with a patient during your duties as a volunteer or aide in a physical therapy practice setting that made a notable impression on you and affirmed your desire to pursue a career in this field. (4,500 characters)
Please describe why you feel the hybrid format of DPT education at USC would provide a successful environment for you to complete the rigorous DPT degree. Include any personal experiences, learning styles or individual preferences that will support your success in the hybrid program. (4,500 characters)
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required. You should request recommendations from individuals who can speak to your professional or academic readiness to attend a rigorous graduate program. These recommenders must be:
A physical therapist (PT) who has directly supervised you
A professor or academic reference who has taught you in at least one class
A person of your choice who is either another PT supervisor or academic reference (character witnesses are discouraged)
You are required to submit a GRE score. A minimum score of 150 is recommended on each component of the aptitude test, but higher scores are more competitive within the applicant pool. Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted. USC requires only one official copy of GRE test scores from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). USC’s ETS institution code is 4852.
To learn more about DPT@USC, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.