University of South Dakota Department of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Department 414 E. Clark Street Sanford Coyote Sports Center room A375A Vermillion SD 57069 United States
Phone+1 605.658.6356
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Program Description

The University of South Dakota offers a full-time 3-year DPT program. Our mission is to develop scholars, practitioners, and life-long learners who provide evidence based physical therapist services throughout the patient lifespan and demonstrate leadership within rural and medically underserved practice environments. 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 in addition to several 1 day clinical experiences during the second year of the program. Clinical placements are available across the country and internationally. 

Our facility houses carefully planned clinic space which allows our students to treat community volunteers and learn in realistic settings. Outreach activities include the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to treat underserved populations, assist with Special Olympics and Senior Games fitness screening and promote health and wellness locally with educational sessions.

We are proud to have a 97 percent first-time board exam pass rate as well as 100 percent job placement rates. Please visit our website at http://www.usd.edu/pt for more information on our program.

General
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
No
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
No
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about interviews
Interviews are held in November and February each year. The first round of application review and interviews will occur after the September deadline. Remaining seats will be filled after spring interviews. Applicants are encouraged to apply by the September 14th deadline to improve their chance of admission. INTERVIEW DATES: Fall interviews: Thursday, November 5, 2020 and Friday, November 6, 2020 Spring interviews: Thursday, February 4, 2021 and Friday, February 5, 2021.
Deposits
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Yes
Total cumulative deposit
$400
Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit is applied to each student's second semester tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2021
Cost
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
$66200
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
$136272
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
32
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
84%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
16%
Sex
% Male
34%
% Female 
66%
Race/Ethnicity
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3%
% Asian
3%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
94%
Additional information about the class profile
The University of South Dakota does not provide preference to any undergraduate college/university or major of study.
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