Accreditation & Program Outcomes


The Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Medical 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 843-792-3326 or email

For questions or concerns about the program's accreditation or to make any reports to CAPTE, please visit their site.

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.

PT Student Handbook (PDF)

Program Outcomes

National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE)

The 2-year average for Licensure Exam Pass Rate for the Class of 2021 and 2022 was 100%.

First-time and overall pass rate of the NPTE exam by Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates each year.
 Year  First-Time Pass Rate Overall Pass
 2023  92.3%  
 2022  92.5% 100%
 2021   100%
 2020   98.4%
 2019   100%

Graduation Rates

The 2-year average for Graduation Rate for the Class of 2021 and 2022 was 96.5%.

Graduation rates by year for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
 Year Students
Students Graduating Percentage Graduating
 2022  68  66 97%
 2021  64  61 96%
 2020  64 62 100%
 2019  64 63 100%
 2018  63 61 96.8%

Employment Rates

The 2-year average for Employment Rate for the Class of 2020 and 2021 was 100%.

Employment rate for graduates passing NPTE and seeking employment within 6 months of graduation.
 2021      100%
 2020      100%
 2019      100%