Accreditation and Outcomes


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at USC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program directly, please call 323-442-2900 or email

The physical therapy program has been continuously accredited since 1946. The program’s accreditation was most recently re-affirmed in 2018. The program is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 2028.

The Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy’s PhD and MS programs, as well as its residency programs, are not accredited by CAPTE.

Graduate Outcomes

Employment Rate Averaged over 2 Years

For the Class of 2019 and Class of 2020, 100% of graduates who sought employment have been employed as physical therapists within one year of graduation, as determined by a survey sent to all graduates.

Graduation Rate Averaged over 2 Years

For the Class of 2019 and Class of 2020, an average of 99% graduated on time.

Graduation YearGraduation Rate
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020

Pass Rate on the National Licensure Exam

Graduation YearFirst-time Pass RateUltimate Pass Rate
Class of 2020 – Residential Pathway
Class of 2021 – Hybrid Pathway
Class of 2021 – Residential Pathway