2012-13 Applicants

University of South Dakota


Contact Information more...

Lisa Nielsen
Senior Secretary
Doctor of Physical Therapy Department
The University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion SD, 57069
(605) 677-5000
pt@usd.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
07/22/2013
Additional information about the class profile
This program does not give preference based on state of residency, institution of study or undergraduate program of study.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
26
Anticipated size of next entering class
26
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
57%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
43%

Program Description more...

The University of South Dakota offers a full-time 3-year DPT program with competitive tuition rates. Our program is designed to prepare general practitioners for physical therapy practice in rural and urban settings. We are pleased to provide a small class size with a 3:1 student to faculty ratio. Our students participate in 38 weeks of full-time clinical education experiences in 5 different settings as well as a 1 week clinical experience during the first year and several 1 day clinical experiences during the second year of the program. We are proud to have excellent graduation rates, first time passage rates on the National Physical Therapy Exam, and post graduation employment rates. Please visit our website at http://www.usd.edu/pt for more information on our program.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/3/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates
Early admission deadline for the University of South Dakota is September 15, 2012. (Program does not participate in the PTCAS early decision process).

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

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
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.60
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
For early admissions, applicants must meet 4 of the 5 thresholds:

1.Verbal GRE % 48 or higher,
2.Quantitative GRE % 52 or higher,
3.Analytical Writing GRE % 43 or higher,
4.Overall GPA 3.7,
5.Prerequisite GPA 3.6.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7814
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
11/01/2012
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
11/01/2007
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
48%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
52%
Analytical writing % score
 
43%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
General Applicants have no minimum GRE requirement.

For early admissions applicants must meet 4 of the 5 thresholds:

1)Verbal % of 48 or higher.
2)Quantitative % of 52 or higher.
3)Analytical Writing % of 43 or higher.
4)Overall GPA 3.7
5)Pre-requisite GPA 3.6.

Observation Hours

 
PT observation hours due on application deadline. Applicants are encouraged to observe in a variety of settings with particular attention to rural settings.

Deadline for observation hours is upon application.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
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
$35.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Deadline for supplemental materials
2012-12-01
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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
At least one reference must be from a physical therapist. It is recommended that the other two be from an instructor/professor, employer/supervisor, or a second physical therapist.

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
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
All foreign transcripts must be evaluated for US equivalency.

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
All course work must be completed and a Baccalaureate degree obtained by July 1st.
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
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Biology must be at the level for majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Chemistry must be at the level for majors.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
First Aid / CPR
For Health Care Professionals valid through: 6/2014
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • First Aid
  • CPR
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
1 of 3 Psychology courses required. A total of 9 credits that cover General, Developmental and Abnormal Psychology are required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
2 of 3 Psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology
3 of 3 Psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
Statistics
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics