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, residential Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program must satisfy all requirements for USC Graduate School admission, which include:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
The GRE is required of all applicants. 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). These will be sent to USC via your PTCAS application. USC’s ETS institution code is 7601.
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. As with the GRE score, higher GPAs tend to be more competitive within the applicant pool.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree by the date of projected enrollment, which is in August of each year.
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).