2012-13 Applicants

University of Southern California


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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
08/26/2013
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
94
Anticipated size of next entering class
94
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
60%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
1%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
39%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T) 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 three-year program consists of eight semesters (including two summers) and 115 graduate credits. The first two years are focused on academic and clinical coursework, including a total of 18 weeks of clinical rotations in 5 practice settings. The curriculum during the first two years is systems-based, with whole semesters focused on musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and neurologic physical therapy. The third year is intended to be integrative, reinforcing and building upon concepts introduced in the first two years. It consists of a 16-week full-time clinical rotation in one semester and a three day per week clinical rotation during the other. During the latter semester, students spend Tuesdays and Thursdays in a unique case-based curriculum with a team-based approach intended to help students integrate across different practice areas. Commencement is in May immediately following the university's commencement ceremony. USC was the second program in the nation to graduate doctorally prepared students and in 2012 it graduated it's 15th DPT class. The Division has three faculty practices (one hospital-based and two outpatient) and offers three residency programs for specialized training in Orthopedic, Neurologic, and Sports Physical Therapy. It also offers the 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
12/3/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Other
Important dates
The Admissions Committee typically begins to review applicant files in November/December.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their PTCAS application as far in advance of this time as possible.

Information sessions are held from August to February for all interested applicants and their guests.  Appointments can be made with the Admissions Coordinator, Virginia Orcasitas (323-442-2890 or mailto: vorcas@usc.edu.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

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
3.40
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The Graduate School and the Divisional admissions committee prefer that applicants have minimum undergraduate cumulative and science GPA's of 3.00.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7601
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/01/2012
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/01/2007
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
150
 
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
150
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The Graduate School and the Divisional admissions committee require that applicants have a minimum composite GRE score of 1000 (General Test taken on or before 31-Jul-2011) or 300 Revised General Test taken on or after 01-Aug-2011).

Observation Hours

 
A substantial number of PT hours in a variety of practice settings is preferred.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
150
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
12/01/2012
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$45.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Please send supplemental materials to:

University of Southern California
Admission Center
3601 South Flower Street
Room 112
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

IMPORTANT: When filling out the Graduate Application form, choose INDEPENDENT HEALTH PROFESSIONS for the "school or college to which you are applying" and DPT/DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY for the "intended program of study."

PLEASE NOTE: You do NOT need to upload a statement of purpose/career statement or letters of recommendation to the USC Graduate Application form. The Admissions Committee will gather this information directly from the PTCAS application form.
Supplemental Requirements
USC Graduate Application (online) form
OFFICIAL GRE scores from ETS using code 7601
OFFICIAL transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
Deadline for supplemental materials
2013-01-15
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
3

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
Send an original foreign transcript directly to the PT program
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

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: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
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
Biology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics