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Welcome to DPT

The Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Carolina offers students a unique opportunity to develop clinical physical therapy skills in an intimate learning environment. The 3 1/3 year Clinical Doctoral program  starts in August of each year and admits a small class size that allows students an opportunity to get individualized instruction and closely interact with instructors. Students complete a research project focused on clinical practice and learn the value of evidence-based practice.  Following completion of the DPT, students are eligible to sit for the national physical therapy licensure exam.

Students who complete the DPT program at the University of South Carolina have the option of applying, and if accepted, enroll in an accelerated PhD degree in one of three areas including Rehabilitation Sciences, Applied Physiology, or Health Aspects of Physical Activity.

Physical Therapy Program News & Events

Paul Beattie

Training the armed forces

Exercise Science Clinical Professor and Vietnam Veteran Paul Beattie leads Doctor of Physical Therapy faculty and students to help train Fort Jackson chaplain candidates for the armed forces.

Sarah Fitz-Maurice

DPT grad lands dream job

A December graduate who earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the Department of Exercise Science, Sarah Fitz-Maurice has turned a clinical rotation into her dream job.

Denise Peters

Balancing career and family

Denise Peters landed a postdoctoral research fellowship with Emory University after the August grad successfully balanced raising her two young daughters while earning a PhD in Exercise Science.


Chat Sessions

Our next informational chat session for prospective students
will be held:
April 22nd at 12:00
June 15th at 3:30

Visit our Prospective Students page for more information.

DPT Open House

Tentatively scheduled for July 23, 2016
Public Health Research Center, Room 114
921 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29208
Please email Martha Haynes at mh@mailbox.sc.edu to register.


Columbia, SC 29208 • 803-777-5521 • mh@mailbox.sc.edu