Physical Therapy Program

Health Science Building – PT Wing
9200 University Blvd., Charleston, SC 29406
P 843-863-7355

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Continuing your path in physical therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Charleston Southern University is 2.5 years of hands-on and interactive education that will allow graduates to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination. All faculty hold a doctoral degree and teach students to incorporate contemporary evidence with interprofessional collaboration to be leaders in the profession.

In addition to classroom learning, students will complete a variety of clinical and service-learning experiences. The DPT degree culminates in a faculty-mentored research project that can be presented at a state or national conference. Students also have the opportunity to participate in organizations like the physical therapy club.

Our application portal through PTCAS, for the 2024 – 2025 admissions cycle, will be open June 15, 2024 – March 1, 2025. Find out more information about the admissions process.

Learn more about upcoming building tours and events. Read about the essential functions and requirements of PT education at CSU.

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Effective April 26, 2022, Charleston Southern University has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education(3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program directly, please call 843-863-7186 or email

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT’s website.

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Application Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree must be completed from a USDE regionally accredited institution or an equivalent from a foreign institution.
  • The minimum requirement for prerequisite GPA is 3.0. The preferred minimum requirement for cumulative GPA is 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • The GRE is required for application to the program.

The program application requirements must be met for applications to be reviewed and scored.

In the Physical Therapy program, you’ll take courses like…

  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Hospital-Based Care
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Complex Medical Diagnoses
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Diagnostic Imaging

Program Director

Janet Tankersley Faculty Headshots

Janet Tankersley

Director of Physical Therapy Program, Professor of Physical Therapy
Health Science Building


The CSU DPT program is housed in the health science building. Construction on the 28,458-square-foot health science building was completed in December 2017, with an additional 15,000-square-foot PT wing completed in Fall 2019.