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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+1 605.658.6356
CAPTE Accredited
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  • Posted6/14/2022 4:24:10 PM

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    The attached PDF file is an abbreviated listing of the University of South Dakota DPT application requirements, prerequisites, deadlines, interview dates, and contact information. This is a great quick reference guide and something to keep available for an easy way to reach out with questions!

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  • Posted3/3/2021 12:55:24 PM

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    Dr. Becca Jordre, USD PT Admissions Chair, will be hosting drop-in information sessions from 4-5 pm on the following Wednesdays in 2022: July 27, August 31, and November 9. To access the Zoom session, enter 6056586370 as the meeting ID.

    These sessions are an open door format where you can join/exit at any time during the hour and ask whatever questions you have about the USD DPT program.

    If you would like to schedule an individual Zoom or phone session with Dr. Jordre, please contact Rita Humphrey, Assistant Admissions Officer, at or 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 for more information on our program.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
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. 


  • Fall interviews: Thursday, November 17, 2022 and Friday, November 18, 2022
  • Spring interviews: Thursday, February 9, 2023 and Friday, February 10, 2023
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
This deposit is applied to each student's second semester tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
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.
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
% of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) applicants accepted
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S/non-Canadian) applicants accepted
% Male
% Female 
% Declining to State
% Hispanic 
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
% Declining to State 
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