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.