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.

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy is an approved program at Charleston Southern University, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Additional Information:

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Charleston Southern University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the preaccreditation stage, on or before December 1, 2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

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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 both cumulative and science GPAs is 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • The GRE is required for application to the program.

The program prerequisite 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

Jacob Thorp

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.