2019-20 Applicants

Medical University of South Carolina


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Susan S Johnson
Associate Director of Student Services
Division of Physical Therapy
College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina
151-B Rutledge Ave
Charleston SC, 29425
(843) 792-5377
(843) 792-8712
johnsoss@musc.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/20/2020
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
64
Anticipated size of next entering class
68
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
55%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
45%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
28%
% Female
72%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
7%
% Asian
4%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
4%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
81%
% Two or More Races
1%
% Declining to State
3%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is the entry-level professional program at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) that prepares students for an exciting and dynamic career in health care. Students enter the program in late May and continue for nine consecutive semesters until graduating in May three years later. The DPT curriculum is based on the latest evidence and addresses human movement dysfunction, health promotion, and disease prevention across the lifespan. Students also learn about research in physical therapy, delivery of physical therapy services and interprofessional collaborative practice.

As part of their education, DPT students complete four clinical practicums in locations across the United States and Puerto Rico. These clinical experiences are structured to require higher levels of performance with each subsequent rotation and are designed to foster application of didactic learning and development of entry level clinical competence. Clinical practicum opportunities enable students to examine and treat individuals with a variety of diagnoses and in a wide range of clinical settings such as acute care, subacute care, rehabilitation hospitals, home health, outpatient clinics, school settings, and specialized practice centers. Sufficient quantities of clinical sites are available to allow students to gain depth and breadth in their clinical education. Students also have the opportunity to practice in an interprofessional setting in a student run pro bono clinic that is offered two evenings a week on the MUSC campus. In addition, students may participate in adaptive sports clinics, a pediatric summer camp for children with movement dysfunction, and medical mission trips.

The Division of Physical Therapy is housed within the College of Health Professions at MUSC and has superb faculty and facility resources. The DPT program has 15-core faculty and numerous adjunct faculty. All core faculty have doctorate degrees, six have advanced specialty certifications (Cardiopulmonary, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Orthopedics), and seven are engaged in clinical practice. The collective core faculty are involved in teaching, scholarship, and service and average greater than 30 publications per year. The physical therapy program is housed in three state of the art buildings that have classrooms and clinical skill laboratories with contemporary technology to enhance the educational experience. Research facilities include several biomechanics/motion analysis labs, an exercise physiology lab, a neuromuscular performance lab, and a transcranial stimulation lab. Several DPT faculty have joint appointments with the Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions and the Stroke Recovery Research Center. Students may have the opportunity to assist faculty members with grants or projects if interested in obtaining research experience.

Student outcomes are excellent for the DPT program. The pass rates for the national licensure exam range from 98-100% in recent years indicating that our graduates are well prepared to begin physical therapy practice. Of those graduates who become licensed, 100% are employed within the first year of graduation. In addition to employment in the clinical setting, a number of our graduates also pursue residency education, clinical specialization, or advanced certifications while working.

MUSC has approximately 2,500 students, and each physical therapy class currently has up to 64 students. About sixty percent of the accepted students are from South Carolina and forty percent are from out of state. There are a variety of scholarships available through the Division, College, and the University specifically for full-time health professions students. These scholarships are based on academic achievement, financial need, and non-cognitive factors such as community service, college involvement, and volunteerism. Students’ live off-campus with the average rent of $900 per month.

MUSC is located in downtown Charleston in close proximity to The Citadel and College of Charleston campuses. Charleston is a rapidly growing port city on the Atlantic coast that is consistently rated as one of the best small cities in America. The location and climate here are perfect for year-round outdoor activities. There are numerous cultural, sporting, and entertainment events available that make this area attractive to people of all ages and backgrounds. The city’s historic background and architecture, arts, beautiful beaches, and fine dining make this a popular place to live and to vacation.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Information sessions are offered several times each semester for applicants who would like to visit the campus and learn more about MUSC and the DPT program. The dates for the information sessions are posted on the Prospective Students link on the College of Health Professions web page: https://education.musc.edu/colleges/health-professions/prospective-students. Applications are reviewed in November, and applicants are notified of admission decisions in December. Accepted students are invited to attend an Open House in January prior to the May start date if unable to attend one of the information sessions.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
 
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
MUSC calculates GPA based on all college courses taken including dual credit and courses taken for a Master's degree. For the prerequisite GPA, applicants may designate courses for prerequisite consideration if more than the required number of courses have been completed in an area such as biology. The program may veto a choice if it is not appropriate. Although no prerequisite GPA is required, we suggest that applicants strive for a minimum of 3.0 prerequisite GPA.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7338
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
08/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
08/15/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
153
Verbal reasoning % score
 
60%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
156
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
63%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
59%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Please allow 4-6 weeks for reporting of test results.

Observation Hours

Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants can access the program's supplemental MUSC application through the link listed below.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
One reference must come from a PT who has supervised the applicant during volunteer or paid clinical hours in a physical therapy practice setting. The second reference may come from another physical therapist, university faculty member or advisor, or an employer.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non-native English speakers are required to submit TOEFL scores unless they received their undergraduate degree from a university located in the US. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. US permanent residents and foreign citizens with a visa must provide evidence of their status. Foreign citizens must obtain a visa prior to enrolling in the Medical University of South Carolina.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
The Office of Enrollment Management (OEM) at MUSC offers unofficial transcript evaluations from March 1st-June 30th. Please call OEM at 843-792-2536 to speak with an admissions specialist.

Basic science courses must be for science majors with the exception of Anatomy and Physiology, which may be taken through an Exercise Science Dept.

Frequently used prerequisites may be found at: https://education.musc.edu/admissions/future-applicants/required-prerequisites/frequently-approved-prerequisites

Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy and Physiology may be taken separately or combined and taken as two, four-hour courses. If you start a two-part course sequence, you must complete both parts (Anatomy and Physiology I & II). If only a 3-semester credit hour course in anatomy is offered, a comparative anatomy or kinesiology course is recommended in addition to human anatomy. Vertebrate Anatomy is accepted if Human Anatomy is not offered. Exercise physiology will not meet the Human Physiology requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
See above.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
In addition to Biology I and Biology II, acceptable courses include genetics, cell biology, zoology, and human biology and disease. Unacceptable courses are botany, exercise physiology, and human physiology when used as the physiology prerequisite.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
Biology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Social/Behavioral Science
To meet the requirement, the course needs to be a course in Abnormal Psychology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
Statistics
This course should include both parametric and nonparametric statistics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
QH: 4
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics