FAQs for Residential Program
What is the average size of the residential DPT class?
The average size of a typical entering residential DPT class is 95 students.
When does the residential DPT program begin?
Classes typically begin in late August of each year.
How long is the residential DPT program?
Students complete the residential DPT program in three years (eight semesters).
What is the graduation rate?
On average, 95 percent of residential DPT students graduate on time, which means they graduate in the expected three years.
What is the pass rate on the national licensing exam?
The pass rate for residential DPT students on the national licensing exam is consistently above the national average each year.
Visit our Graduate Outcomes page to learn more.
What degree do I need to have in order to enroll in the residential DPT program?
A bachelor’s degree or higher in any field except physical therapy is needed to enroll. It is permissible to apply before the bachelor’s degree is completed, but enrollment in the program will not be allowed until the bachelor’s degree is awarded.
What documentation and forms are required to apply to the residential DPT program?
In order to apply to the residential DPT program, an online PTCAS application must be submitted. Access the PTCAS application here.
Note: GRE scores are an important component of the application process. Applicants should enter their GRE scores in the appropriate section of the PTCAS application. If you plan to take the GRE after submission of the PTCAS application, write your anticipated test date in the field provided.
Are interviews a required part of the application process?
No. Formal interviews are not a required part of the admissions process, but the admissions committee may contact an applicant to clarify questions they have during the application review process.
Applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and attend an information session. These visits can be arranged through the Office of the Admissions Coordinator at 323.442.2890.
How many applications do you receive each year?
Each year, the residential DPT program receives between 900-1,100 applications.
USC Residential DPT Acceptance and Matriculation Rates
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What is the application deadline?
There is only one annual application cycle, with a fall semester start date. The application deadline for Fall 2018 is December 1, 2017.
When are decisions made on applications?
Application decisions are typically made on a rolling basis, beginning in November and continuing until all applications are reviewed. All applicants should receive notification of a decision by late March or early April.
What is the minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission?
The minimum recommended cumulative GPA is 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Competitive applicants typically have cumulative GPAs of 3.4 or higher.
What is the minimum GPA for successful completion of the residential DPT program?
In order to successfully complete and receive a DPT degree from the University of Southern California, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.
What is the minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score for admission?
The recommended minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE score is 300 for the Revised General GRE Test. A score of at least 150 in each GRE component is preferred. Competitive applicants typically have combined GRE scores of 312 or higher. GRE scores older than five years are not accepted.
When should I take the GRE? Can I retake the exam?
Applicants should take the GRE any time before the end of November. If an applicant does not receive a combined minimum score of 300, it is highly recommended that the applicant retake the exam in December to improve their admissions credentials. Applicants should keep the admissions coordinator updated as to the status of their GRE scores.
Is volunteer or work experience in physical therapy required in order to apply?
Substantial clinical experience (150 hours) is required. The prior experience can be either voluntary or paid (i.e., physical therapy aide) and is intended to expose the applicant to the profession of physical therapy and affirm their desire to pursue a career in the field.
Do all the prerequisite courses need to be completed before applying in December?
No. Applicants can submit an application including in-progress courses and still be considered for the current admission cycle. However, all prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program in August.
Do all prerequisite courses in anatomy, physiology, chemistry and physics need to have a laboratory component?
Do you accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits and “pass/no pass” grades in lieu of college-level courses or a letter grade to fulfill science prerequisites?
No. All science courses must have received a letter grade to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
Do prerequisite courses have an expiration date?
No. All letter-graded prerequisite coursework is acceptable, no matter when the coursework was completed. However, it is highly recommended that students take refresher courses when needed to be prepared to take full advantage of the curriculum.
Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
Yes. If you are unable to take prerequisite courses at an accredited four-year college or university, courses taken at an accredited community college are acceptable.
Tuition and Financial Aid
What are the tuition rates for the residential DPT program?
The tuition rates vary each year. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for the current tuition structure for entering students.
Does the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy offer scholarships?
Yes. There are a limited number of competitive, merit-based scholarships awarded to students throughout the three-year program. All incoming students are considered for these awards, and there is no need to submit a formal application. In past years, 10 to 15 incoming students were awarded scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for the first year. Scholarships are awarded to second- and third-year students based on their meritorious academic and clinical performance.
Is financial aid available for international students?
No. Governmental financial aid is not available for international students. International students must provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses while enrolled in the program; however, international students are considered for merit scholarships.
Does the residential DPT program give priority or apply different tuition rates to in-state applications?
No. USC is a private university and does not give priority nor apply reduced tuition rates to in-state applications.