Diversity & Pathway Programs

The Division of Physical Therapy is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture not only within our programs, but also for the future of health care. The college has a number of pathway programs that offer diverse students the opportunity to explore the physical therapy profession. The college also provides forums for faculty, staff, and students to lead diversity and inclusion efforts within the college. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the CHP Student Diversity Leadership Council (SDLC) are two groups within the college committed to creating an supportive environment for all.

Pathway Programs

The Medical University of South Carolina and the College of Health Professions participate in the following pathway programs:

PROSPER Scholarship

The Professionals Supporting PT Education & Recruitment (PROSPER) Scholarship was created by the Physical Therapy Division and the Development Office to help provide an annual scholarship to first-year (incoming) physical therapy students within the College of Health Professions. One recipient is selected annually for a $15,000 per year renewable award applied directly as a tuition waiver.


  • Doctor of Physical Therapy student
  • Cross spectrum excellence as defined by holistic admissions review
  • Nominated by member of the DPT Admissions Committee for finalists
  • Awarded after interviews at DPT Open House (or by Skype if student is not available for the open house.)

How to apply

Each member of the DPT Admissions Committee nominates three individuals to the Division of Physical Therapy Scholarship Coordinator. Four individuals are selected as finalists to be interviewed, from which one will be selected. If more than two of the four finalists decline admission, additional candidates will be selected from the nominees by the Scholarship Coordinator and the Division Director.

Term awarded:

Fall, Spring or Summer
In the first year of the DPT program, $7,500 will be applied toward tuition during the Fall and Spring terms. In the second and third years, $5,000 will be applied toward tuition for each term.

Renewal Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.5 GPA
  • No instances of professional misconduct
  • Adhere to all procedures in the DPT Student Handbook
  • Participate in an annual service, research, or leadership activity