Diversity & Pipeline 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. In addition to our participation in a number of pipeline programs that offer underrepresented minority students the opportunity to explore the physical therapy profession, we are pleased to support our student-led efforts like Creating Opportunity & Academic Success for Tomorrow's Therapists (COAST). The College of Health Professions (CHP) also provides forums for both faculty and staff, as well as 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.

Pipeline Programs

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

COAST

Physical Therapy COAST pipeline

Creating Opportunity & Academic Success for Tomorrow’s Therapists (COAST) is an initiative created by several students and faculty members at MUSC to promote awareness of the physical therapy profession to underrepresented minority students, educate students about graduate school admissions processes, and provide mentorship opportunities. Their efforts include a full-day, PT Exploration Program (PEP) for high school and college students.

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.

Criteria

  • 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