The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy has a long history of exceeding the minimum required educational preparation for individuals pursuing a professional career as a physical therapist. The first school to offer a master’s and a PhD degree in physical therapy, USC was also a leader in graduating the first DPT class in the United States.

The Division has been top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report since ranking began in 2004, which can be attributed to USC’s strong research enterprise, clinical practices and residency programs to enhance the DPT educational experience.

Our graduates are knowledgeable, self-assured, adaptable, reflective and service-oriented practitioners. After graduation, you will be able to:

  • Use a combination of a sound knowledge base, targeted tests and measures, critical thinking skills and ethical values to assess clients.
  • Render informed, effective and autonomous treatment that meets the client’s needs.
  • Promote the health and quality of life of all clients.
  • Enhance the professional foundations for practice.

Our educational philosophy is to challenge each student and facilitate the development of skills for lifelong learning, professional practice and leadership in the field of physical therapy. We are committed to continuous learning and transformation to accomplish our mission: to enhance human health and quality of life.

The USC Community

USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy is located on USC’s Health Sciences Campus in Northeast Los Angeles. As a student in our DPT program in the residential pathway, you will complete courses on campus and have the opportunity for clinical placements across the country.

The Health Sciences Campus includes Keck Hospital of USC and the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and is located in close proximity to the LAC + USC Medical Center. You will have the opportunity to work in innovative educational hospitals, research laboratories and classrooms on campus.

Interested in applying to the USC DPT program?

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