About the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

About the Profession

Physical therapy consistently ranks among the “most satisfying careers,” thanks to the pleasure that comes from helping individuals move forward with their daily lives.

Highly Educated with Clinical Expertise

Physical therapists (PTs) examine, diagnose, and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to elderly, who have health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and function in their daily lives.

To prepare for a career in physical therapy, individuals must complete a graduate degree from an accredited program and pass the national licensure examination.

Trusted Partners in Health

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using research based and clinically proven treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. PTs help teach people how to understand their body so that they will be able to manage a health condition. They also work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

PTs refer to and collaborate with other health professionals to help each individual achieve their optimum mobility and quality of life.

Caring

PTs provide individualized care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and skilled nursing facilities.

Residency Programs

Neurologic Residency Program

Orthopedic Residency Program

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden, PT, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Division Director
bowdenm@musc.edu
843-792-5036

Sandra S. Brotherton

Sandra S. Brotherton, PT, Ph.D.
Professor
Admissions Coordinator
brothers@musc.edu
843-792-2930

Debora Brown

Debora Brown, PT, DPT, MTC
Professor
Assistant Division Director
Director of Clinical Education
brownded@musc.edu
843-792-3939

Jesse Dean headshot

Jesse C. Dean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
deaje@musc.edu
843-792-9566

Cynthia Cindy Dodds

Cynthia B. Dodds, PT, Ph.D., PCS
Associate Professor
doddscb@musc.edu
843-792-5731

 

Chris Gregory, PT, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
gregoryc@musc.edu
843-792-1078

 

Sara Kraft, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP
Associate Professor
kraftsv@musc.edu
843-792-0091

Steve Kautz, Ph.D.
Professor
Chair, Department of Health Sciences and Research
kautz@musc.edu
843-792-3867

Stephanie McGowan

Stephanie McGowan, PT, DScPT, OCS
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director of Clinical Education
mcgowan@musc.edu
843-792-7356

Annie Middleton 

Addie Middleton, Ph.D., DPT
Assistant Professor
middlja@musc.edu
843-792-0235

David Morrisette, PT, Ph.D., OCS, ATC
Professor
morrisdc@musc.edu
843-792-2940

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Eric Monsch, PT, DPT, NCS
Instructor
monsch@musc.edu
843-792-1628

Gretchen Seif

Gretchen A. Seif, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS
Associate Professor
seif@musc.edu
843-792-9345

 

David Sword, PT, DPT, CCS, CSCS
Associate Professor
sworddo@musc.edu
843-792-0315

 

K. Jackson Thomas, PT, EdD
Professor
thomaskj@musc.edu
843-792-4426

Holly Wise

Holly H. Wise, PT, Ph.D., FNAP
Professor
wisehh@musc.edu
843-792-4051

Staff

 

Terri Bozzelli
Administrative Assistant
bozzelta@musc.edu
843-792-2023

Susan S. Johnson
Associate Director of Student Services
johnsoss@musc.edu
843-792-5377

Adjunct Faculty:

Dr. William Boissonnault
Associate Professor

Dr. Rebecca English
Instructor

Dr. Erica Pfeiffer
Instructor

Mr. Michael Timko
Adjunct Faculty

 

U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate school rankings named MUSC College of Health Professions’ graduate Physical Therapy program #28 (tied) out of 206 accredited programs in the United States.

Accreditation

The MUSC Doctor of Physical Therapy program at MUSC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). For questions or concerns about the program's accreditation or to make any reports to CAPTE, please visit their site.

MUSC’s Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). This accreditation means that our degree program meets or exceeds established national standards for a professional program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Whereas accreditation applies to training programs, licensure applies to individuals. Our program prepares students for and makes them eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE), which all individuals must pass in order to practice physical therapy. Passing the licensure exam is necessary but it may not be sufficient to practice physical therapy in a given state. You can find additional requirements for practicing physical therapy in each state at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
703-706-3245
accreditation@apta.org
www.capteonline.org

PT Student Handbook (PDF)