Charleston Southern University (CSU) is excited to announce the opening of our Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The program is located in a new state of the art Health Science Building on the CSU campus in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Graduates will earn a DPT degree in 2.5 years and be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination. Additionally, this is the only school in South Carolina to offer a dual degree option, DPT/MBA. The program will utilize a rolling interview and admissions process to enroll 48 students in the inaugural cohort. We encourage you to apply early as this class size will quickly reach capacity. Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in any field and who meet the prerequisite requirements of the program are eligible to apply for a seat in the program.
The DPT Program is a full-time graduate program, lasting 31 continuous months, consisting of 124 semester credit hours completed over 8 semesters. The curricular course content will be delivered face-to-face using a multi-modal instructional design including lecture, community engagement, case scenarios, applied sciences, digital resources, practical and written exams, written assignments, case-based student presentations, faculty-mentored research, and clinical education. Our program adheres to a spiral teaching model that begins with the instruction of foundational knowledge relevant to PT practice with expansion into experiential learning. Throughout this process, progressively complex clinical topics are introduced through clinically relevant and evidence-based learning activities while foundational knowledge is re-emphasized.
The curriculum also includes integrated and full-time clinical experiences under the direct supervision of a licensed PT. The clinical education component is designed to give students the knowledge, skills, and opportunity to manage patients/clients across the life span and continuum of care. All students will complete three 10-week full-time clinicals associated with inpatient, outpatient, and student's choice.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination offered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Graduates who pass the NPTE will be able to apply for licensure through the regulatory agency in the state in which they wish to practice as a physical therapist.
Please contact the Program Director, Jacob N. Thorp, PT, DHS with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Department of Physical Therapy utilizes a holistic approach to determine which candidates will receive an invitation to interview for the program. Interview invitations are extended to the most competitive applicants for admissions. Applicants must participate in the interview process and preferred to be in-person. An invitation to interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
The Charleston Southern University Doctor of Physical Therapy program encourages everyone to apply and supports an inclusive admission criterion while we reserve the right to give preference to CSU graduates. Inclusive criteria suggests that we seek applicants from various cultures, with racial and ethnic diversity, first generation college graduates, those with foreign language proficiency, advanced degree, veteran status, and various/diverse religious backgrounds.