About the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Educating physical therapists since 1973, we have a sustained record of excellence in education, research, leadership, and service. Working in our state-of-the-art teaching facility and in concert with our world-class teaching hospital, our students engage in interprofessional groups that mirror the world beyond our classrooms.


The three-year DPT program begins with foundational learning, and students have the opportunity to progress to clinical coursework with community-based service and interprofessional learning embedded throughout. The curriculum then culminates in a series of clinical practicums that allow students to pursue their passions.

Our faculty have received numerous accolades for teaching excellence and innovative curricular design at the local, regional, and national levels. Post-professional educational opportunities are available including a Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Science


While on campus, students have the opportunity to work with our nationally acclaimed research teams in our cutting-edge laboratories. The college houses the Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions with a concentration in two areas: 1) neuro-rehabilitation and 2) risk assessment and prevention of adverse health outcomes.


Our students and faculty are recognized as leaders at the university, community, and professional level. For example, two of our graduates have served as president of the APTA Student Assembly, and each year several students are chosen to serve as MUSC Presidential Scholars.


Our students and faculty are engaged in initiatives that benefit the community we live in and beyond. The MUSC CARES and CARES Therapy Clinics involving dental, medical, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and physical therapy students recently received the 2011 SC Governor’s Volunteer Award for service to the community.