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Program Information

The curriculum of the Physical Therapy Program consists of 122 credit hours of coursework over 3 years. Foundational knowledge is presented prior to clinically relevant content, and courses requiring the synthesis of material are presented later in the curriculum. Four full -time clinical experiences complement the academic instruction and occur in each year of study. The Physical Therapy Program does not accept transfer students from other DPT programs. All students must complete the program of study as defined.

Clinical Experience

Students complete a total of 1,600 contact hours of clinical experience during 4 clinical rotations.
The table below details these clinical placements and where they occur in the curriculum.

  PHYT 850 Clinical Experience 1
(8 weeks
320 hours)
PHYT 851 Clinical Experience II
(8 weeks
320 hours)
PHYT 852 Clinical Experience III
(12 weeks
480 hours)
PHYT 860 Clinical Experience IV
(12 weeks
480 hours)
Clinical Setting Orthopedic Acute Care Rehab/Neuro Choice
Placement in Program of Study Summer Year 01 Summer Year 02 Spring Year 03 Summer Year 03


Course Listing

Our course listing covers which courses need to be taken during each semester over your program of study. Class schedules and program of study forms (listed by graduation year) are available with our information for current students


Important Information About Programs Leading to Licensure

The Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program in Exercises Science at the University of South Carolina is fully accredited by the Commission on  Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and therefore graduation ensures  graduates eligibility to sit for national licensure and apply for professional licensure in any State, we cannot confirm that the program meets the requirements for professional licensure in other countries. 

For more information, please refer to the professional licensure information page.


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