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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+1 605.658.5999
Public
CAPTE Accredited
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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 15th deadline to improve their chance of admission. 

INTERVIEW DATES: 

  • Fall interviews: Thursday, November 17, 2022 and Friday, November 18, 2022
  • Spring interviews: Thursday, February 9, 2023 and Friday, February 10, 2023
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
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Yes
Additional information about rolling deposits
Applicants are required to submit their tuition deposit on the later of January 17, 2023 or two weeks after their admission offer.
Cost
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
$66827
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
$137604
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
32
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
56%
% of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) applicants accepted
0%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
41%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S/non-Canadian) applicants accepted
3%
Sex
% Male
31%
% Female 
69%
% Declining to State
0%
Race/Ethnicity
% Hispanic 
3%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
3%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
91%
% Declining to State 
3%
Additional information about the class profile
The University of South Dakota PT program does not provide preference to any undergraduate college/university or major of study.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
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