Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs

Physical therapy student works with patient while faculty and other students observe.


Graduation Rate for Class of 2023


First-Time Pass Rate on NPTE Exam in 2023


Overall Pass Rate on NPTE Exam in 2023


Employment Rate for Grads Passing NPTE and Seeking Employment Over Last 4 Years

About the Program

The 8-semester DPT program is offered in both a residential and hybrid format. The curriculum begins with foundational learning and progresses to clinical coursework with opportunities for 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.

Residential DPT

Physical therapy student works with patient.

Our Residential DPT program offers a more traditional experience with in-person classes taken on our campus in Charleston, SC.

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Hybrid DPT

Physical therapy students practice exercises

Our Hybrid DPT program offers a flexible learning experience with classes taken online - both synchronously and asynchronously. Students visit our hybrid campus in Charleston, SC several times each semester for immersive lab experiences.

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DPT Student Testimonials

The PT faculty here at MUSC I believe is what sets the program apart. They are so willing to share their vast knowledge and push students to bring out the best clinicians in themselves. There is an emphasis on how to interact with patients, and so far have done an excellent job of gearing us up for patient care in both the CARES clinic and practice later on in our careers.

David Abdularahman - DPT Class of 2026

From adaptive surfing and waterskiing clinics to volunteering at the pro-bono CARES clinic, MUSC provides an academic environment that extends far beyond the scope of the classroom.

Kat Godbee - DPT Class of 2024

MUSC DPT program cultivates a community for students interested in helping patient's achieve a better quality of life. Students will work closely with each other and their professors to receive a well-rounded education preparing them for their future career.

Lizzie Naval - DPT Class of 2026


About the Profession

PTs examine, diagnose, and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, with health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and function daily. They help people understand their bodies so that they can manage health conditions and prevent mobility loss before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

CARES Therapy Clinic

PT students help a patient with physical therapy exercise

The student-run CARES Therapy Clinic provides a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on, service-learning experience while providing pro-bono occupational therapy services to patients in the Charleston area.

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