Degree Requirements (123 Post Baccalaureate hours)
Degree Requirements: a minimum of 106 post baccalaureate hours [typical program is 123 hours]. The exact number of hours will be determined by the Program of Study Committee.
Currently, the DPT Program is a lock-step program where students are required to complete 123 post-baccalaureate hours of coursework as specified in the DPT Program of Study. While most students enter the DPT Program directly after completion of an undergraduate degree, occasionally a student will pursue a DPT Degree after having already completed graduate work. When the graduate work is in a related discipline, e.g. Exercise Science, MPH, it is common for a DPT student to have already completed some DPT-required coursework prior to admission to the Program.
After reviewing the DPT Program of Study, we identified 7 courses (total of 17 credit hours) that could potentially have been completed by USC graduate students prior to entering the DPT Program. Therefore, we propose creating a new credit hour requirement, however it will be applicable only to incoming USC students with graduate work completed. The new requirement would specify that students take a minimum of 106 hours for completion of the DPT Degree. The exact number of hours and courses to be taken would be determined by the DPT Program of Study Committee for each affected student.
If I could have entered "106-123" in the CHANGE CREDIT HOURS, I think I would have done so. The changed program will not just require 106 hours, but rather will require a minimum of 106 hours. I hope this is clear and so I am submitting this note along with this program change proposal.
change 123 to 106
Program profile has been changed from 123 to 106 hours as requested.
Minor revision. No BOT, CHE, SACS approval required.
This update will appear in the 2018-19 Graduate Studies Bulletin to be published 15 February 2018.