Our DPT program will prepare you to become a movement expert to help people maximize their quality of life. You'll learn to provide compassionate, evidence-based care to optimize function and health across the lifespan.
We provide a curriculum that prepares you to excel as clinicians to meet the needs of health care in society. Through inquiry, innovation and integrity, we foster graduates and faculty who are exceptional practitioners, researchers and leaders in a dynamic field that requires lifelong learning, including developing and applying new knowledge.
Enjoy small class sizes and interactions with faculty members who are exceptional practitioners, researchers and leaders.
Study in a program whose first-time pass rate on the licensure exam ranked 13th out of 261 programs in the nation in 2021-22.
Complete 1,600 contact hours during four clinical rotations with our clinical partners and high-quality instructors.
Provide care in a variety of settings like hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools and nursing homes.
What You’ll Study
Courses include human musculoskeletal and gross anatomy, cadaver dissection, mechanisms of motor skill performance, orthopedic and neurologic physical therapy, acute care, geriatrics, pain science, pediatrics, and evidence-based practice. Students have opportunities to develop teaching skills with support from faculty and complete a clinically relevant research project.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Working with professionals from different disciplines to provide coordinated care or services
Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations
Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems
Providing medical care to individuals who have been injured or harmed
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Physical Therapist
Job Titles of Alumni
- Physical Therapist
- Clinical Associate Professor
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $79,886
- Private Practices
- Outpatient Clinics
- Sports and Fitness
- Nursing Homes
Employers of Alumni
- University of South Carolina
- Ascent Total Performance
- Atrium Health
- Lexington Medical Center
- Prisma Health