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
This dynamic program prepares you to diagnose and treat individuals of all ages that
have health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move. As a physical therapist,
you will diagnose and enhance physical and functional abilities; restore and promote
optimal physical function; and prevent the onset and progression of limitations that
may result from diseases, disorders, conditions or injuries.
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals,
private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness
facilities, work settings and nursing homes.
Students who complete the DPT program at the University of South Carolina have the
option of applying, and if accepted, enroll in an accelerated Exercise Science Ph.D. program with a focus in one of three areas including Rehabilitation Sciences, Applied Physiology, or Health Aspects of Physical Activity.
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 Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), students are eligible to sit for the national physical therapy licensure exam.