Admissions Overview

The residential Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). All applicants must apply using the PTCAS online application form, which can be found on the PTCAS website.

The residential DPT program’s application process comprises the following steps:

Step 1: Complete the PTCAS application. If you have any questions regarding the application itself, please contact PTCAS directly at or Phone Number: 617.612.2040. Note: GRE scores (or anticipated test date) must be included on the application form.

Step 2 (Optional): Make an appointment to attend an in-person information session where you can tour the on-campus facilities and speak with a USC faculty member. This appointment can be arranged by contacting USC Admissions Coordinator Virginia Orcasitas at or Phone Number: 323.442.2890.

Application Deadlines

The application window for the current 2018-2019 cycle is now open. The final deadline is December 3, 2018 through the PTCAS portal.

Evaluation and Decision Process

The USC admissions committee considers applications on a semi-rolling basis. This means complete applications are reviewed by the committee once they are verified by the PTCAS system, and all decision notifications are sent out in a timely fashion. To be considered complete, an application must include all GRE scores, official transcripts and letters of recommendation. View a full list of application requirements.

Once the residential DPT program is full, competitive applications that are submitted prior to the deadline may be placed on the waitlist. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you submit your application as soon as possible. All applicants receive a final admission decision by March or April prior to the anticipated fall start date.