PT New Student Information

View the Summer 2022 Orientation Schedule

A Message from the Division Director

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the Division of Physical Therapy, I would like to personally welcome you as a new student to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).

I must remind you all, that acceptance is conditional until all prerequisites for the Doctor of Physical Therapy educational program have been satisfied.

This website contains a series of links all of which contain information essential for your transition to our program. Please review all of the content very carefully so that you are fully prepared for orientation.

I look forward to seeing you at orientation on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 and Thursday, May 26, 2022.  Classes will begin on Friday, May 27, 2022.


Mark Bowden


Mark G. Bowden, Ph.D., PT
Associate Professor and Division Director


New Student Orientation

Important Links

ADA Resources

Summer 2022 In-Person Orientation Schedule

Goals for Orientation

  • To facilitate the transition to MUSC and student life at an academic health sciences center. 
  • To gain understanding of the support services available to students to enhance their educational experience. 
  • To ensure that students have complied with university policies & requirements. 
  • To build beginning connections and relationships with faculty and students from various health professions programs. 
  • To orient students to their respective academic programs: nurse anesthesia practice, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. // Check-in, Continental Breakfast, Scavenger Hunt, and Parking Registration (if applicable) - CHP Atrium, 151-A Rutledge Ave., 1st Floor

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. // DPT Welcome & Program Session - CHP A204

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. // Financial Aid & Parking Registration (if applicable); Grab-and-Go Lunch - CHP Atrium

Please sign up for parking if needed and/or chat with a representative from Financial Aid if needed. When you are ready to eat, please take your grab-and-go lunch outside or spread out in any room except CHP A205.

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. // College Orientation Session - Drug Discovery Auditorium, DD 110

2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. // Break

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. // Appreciating Diversity & Inclusion - Drug Discovery Auditorium, DD 110

Students are free to leave at 4:30 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. session is hosted on Zoom and can be accessed off-campus.

 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. // All Students - Financial Literacy: A Journey to Handling Debt While in College... and Beyond.

Join via Zoom:
Hosted by Sam McBride from Commonwealth Financial Group

Thursday, May 26, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. // DPT Program Session - CHP A204

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. // Lunch - Served from the CHP Atrium

Students are encouraged to grab a lunch and go eat outside or spread out in any CHP classroom.

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. // IT Session - CHP A204

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. // Introduction to Human Anatomy - Drug Discovery Auditorium, DD 110

3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. // Campus Tour (optional; departs from Drug Discovery Auditorium DD 110)

Students, the week following orientation, please look for an email from Dr. Karen Wager, Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She will provide a link to an orientation survey. We sincerely appreciate your feedback. Thank you and have a great first semester!