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Accreditation and Outcomes

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of South Carolina is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 803-777-5521 or email

UofSC DPT Graduate Outcomes


Pass Rate on the National Licensure Exam

For the Class of 2018 and Class of 2019, the average first-time pass rate was 98%. The average ultimate pass rate was 100% (table).

University of South Carolina DPT average score was 702, national average was 670. See UofSC DPT compared to the top 10 schools in the nation and to the national average (figure).


NPTE Pass Rates and Graduation Rates

Pass Rate on the National Physical Therapy Licensure Exam
Graduation Year # of students (# not passing 1st time) 1st Time Pass Rate Ultimate Pass Rate
     UofSC  National Av.  UofSC  National Av.
2016 17 (0)  100%  93%  100%  99%
2017 17 (1)  94%  93%  94%  99%
2018 19 (1)  95%  91%  100%  98%
2019 21 (0)  100%  91%  100%  96%


DPT exam scores

* The first time and ultimate pass rates for our graduates on the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). You can see all PT schools outcomes at this link.


Graduation Rate Averaged over 2 Years

For the Class of 2017 and Class of 2018, an average of 100% graduated on time.*

Graduation Rate
Graduation Year Graduation Rate
Class of 2017 100%
Class of 2018 100%

* Graduation rate: % of students who began program and graduated within 150% of normal curricular time.


Employment Rate Averaged over 2 Years

For the Class of 2017 and Class of 2018, 100% of graduates who sought employment have been employed as physical therapists within a few months of graduation.


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