2019-20 Applicants

University of Southern California


Contact Information more...

Virginia Orcasitas
Admissions Coordinator
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
USC Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy
University of Southern California
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP-155
Los Angeles CA, 90089-9006
(323) 442-2890
(323) 442-2900
vorcas@usc.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020 and 06/15/2020
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
145
Anticipated size of next entering class
144
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
64%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
1%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
33%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
2%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
6%

Sex

% Male
37%
% Female
63%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
12%
% Asian
39%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
1%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
45%
% Declining to State
1%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Southern California (USC) provides the required educational preparation for a professional career as a physical therapist. Program graduates are knowledgeable, self-assured, adaptable, reflective, and service-oriented practitioners who by virtue of critical thinking and ethical values render informed and independent judgments concerning patient/client needs, promote the health and quality of life of the client, and enhance the professional foundations for practice. Graduates are prepared to become autonomous practitioners, capable of evaluating and treating patients without the need for referral from another practitioner, but ready to work in collaboration with other health professionals. These practitioners contribute to society and the profession through practice, teaching, administration, and the discovery and application of new knowledge about physical therapy. The educational philosophy of the program is to maximally challenge each student and facilitate his or her development of skills for life-long learning, professional development, and leadership.

The program is offered through two different pathways - the residential program is composed entirely of on-campus learning experiences, while the hybrid program is composed of a combination of online and on-campus learning experiences. To learn more about the similarities and differences between these two outstanding options, visit our website: https://dpt.usc.edu/.

The three-year program runs year round and consists of 115 graduate credits. The first two years are focused on academic and clinical coursework, including a total of 18 weeks of clinical rotations in 4 practice settings. The curriculum during the first two years is systems-based, with whole semesters focused on musculoskeletal, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and neurologic physical therapy. The third year is integrative, reinforcing and building upon concepts introduced in the first two years. It consists of a 16-week terminal full-time clinical education experience in one semester and a 16-week terminal integrated clinical education experience (3 days per week). During the integrated semester, students spend Tuesdays and Thursdays in a unique case-based curriculum with a team-based approach designed to help students integrate across different practice areas. Commencement is in May immediately following the University's main Commencement Ceremony. USC was the second program in the nation to graduate doctorally prepared students and in 2018 it graduated it's 21st DPT class. The Division has three faculty practices (one hospital-based and two outpatient) and offers four residency programs for specialized training in Orthopedic, Neurologic, Sports, and Pediatric Physical Therapy. It also offers MS and PhD degrees in Biokinesiology for advanced research training.

The physical therapy program at USC is one of the premier programs in the country. This distinction derives from a mission that includes the advancement of physical therapy education, practice, and research. Because of this, students in our program benefit from a dynamic learning environment where patient care and research are actively integrated. Faculty are national and international leaders engaged in teaching and research with a focus on increasing the quality and understanding of physical therapy practice and science.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/02/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Residential pathway start date: 08/24/2020

Hybrid pathyway start date: 06/15/2020

Residential pathway admissions deadline: 12/02/2019

Hybrid pathyway admissions deadlines: See our website: https://dpt.usc.edu/ for details


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
An initial $1,000 Commitment Deposit is due 1-4 weeks after notification of an admission offer (depending upon the date of the initial offer), but not before January 15 of the matriculation year. A secondary $500 Commitment Deposit is due by mid-May of the matriculation year. Both deposits are non-refundable and will be applied in their entirety to the tuition fee bill after matriculation.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/24/2020

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
3.55
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.50
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The Graduate School and the Division admissions committees require that applicants have a minimum undergraduate cumulative and science GPA of 3.00. PLEASE NOTE: More competitive application dossiers substantially exceed these minimum requirements.

In determining cumulative and science GPA's, the Graduate School considers all courses taken (including those repeated) in the calculation for each GPA subset.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7601
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
50%
64%
Quantitative reasoning % score
50%
57%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of all applicants. In general, a minimum score at or above the 50th percentile is preferred on each component of the aptitude test. Higher scores are more competitive within the applicant pool. Test scores more than five years old will not be accepted. The last date to take the GRE is December of the year before the program begins.

PLEASE NOTE: It is your responsibility to check that official scores are included as part of your PTCAS application. Failure to provide official GRE scores in a timely fashion will delay review of your application.

Observation Hours

 
A minimum of 150 PT observation hours is required and it is strongly recommended that they span a variety of practice settings. PLEASE NOTE: More competitive applicants surpass these minimum requirements.
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
150
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
> 150
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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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
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
USC requires 3 letters of reference as part of your application submission.

The first must be from a physical therapist that has supervised you in a physical therapy setting.

The second must be from a professor who has directed a course(s) that you have taken.

The third may be from another physical therapist, another professor that has supervised you in a course(s) or a research setting, or a supervisor/employer that may provide an evaluation in the context of a professional/work setting.

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
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Send FOREIGN EVALUATION AND OFFICIAL FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS to:

USC Graduate Admissions at:
University of Southern California Admission Center
3601 South Flower St., Room 112
Los Angeles, California 90089-0911

Due to federal regulations, the hybrid pathway is currently open to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents only.

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
If an applicant is enrolled in a 4-year institution that offers the prerequisite courses, the admissions committee prefers that the courses be taken at that institution. However, if there are extenuating or compelling circumstances, the committee will consider prerequisite coursework taken at a community college on a case by case basis.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy
If a COMBINED Human Anatomy & Physiology course is taken, two semesters (8 semester hours) are required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
Biology II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
Chemistry I
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
If a COMBINED Human Anatomy & Physiology course is taken, two semesters (8 semester hours) are required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics