Physical Therapy Program

Health Science Building – PT Wing
9200 University Blvd., Charleston, SC 29406

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Charleston Southern University will begin accepting applications on July 1, 2021.

Continuing your path to obtaining a DPT can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. The Charleston Southern University DPT program is here to help you through your journey by fostering your dedication to studies and academic success. Students will be provided with an engaging learning environment and the tools necessary for fostering relationships with peers, faculty, staff and clinical partners.

Approximately 48 students will be admitted to the DPT program each year.

Students and a clinical professor standing around a hospital bed with a simulation patient.

Admissions Process

Step 1 : Review Application Requirements

Applicants must meet these minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Physical Therapy program. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee an applicant interview or admission to the program. All applicants and admitted students to the DPT program must certify, in writing, that they are able to perform certain essential functions in order to participate and complete program requirements. Review the application requirements below.

Step 2 : Apply

Application is currently closed. Questions? Contact the Office of Enrollment here.

Step 3 : On-Campus Interview

Interview invitations are extended to the most competitive applicants for admission. Exact dates will be communicated to candidates with an offer to interview.

Step 4 : Acceptance Requirements

For the accepted applicant, the program requires a response by the date established at the time of the offer. A $1,500 nonrefundable payment to the CSU Office of Enrollment Services is required to reserve the seat in the program at the time the offer is accepted and will be applied to your first semester’s tuition. Instructions for payment will be provided with the acceptance letter.

If an applicant commits to another program, we request the professional courtesy of notifying the CSU DPT program so that other candidates may be considered.

Candidates offered a position will be required to complete the following prior to enrollment:

  • Official Transcripts from all Colleges and Universities for any work in progress courses by January 1.
  • Proof of Health Insurance (Must be maintained throughout the program)
  • Essential Requirements of Physical Therapy Education
  • Immunization Records
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screen
  • Permission to Release Information Form

Detailed instructions on how to complete the above requirements will be communicated to candidates.

Selection Process

Once the application cycle closes, applicants are ranked based on their GPA and GRE scores. Individuals awards extra points who demonstrate any of the following qualities: CSU alumni, military veterans, foreign language proficiency, additional medical license, and advanced degree. Based upon these factors, the highest qualified applicants are invited for on-campus interviews. The Department of Physical Therapy performs all interviews prior to issuing acceptance letters.

Interviews are conducted using a multiple mini interview approach to assess the following: 

-Communication/Interpersonal skills
-Knowledge of Profession/Core Values
-Ethics & Integrity
-Problem Solving
-Adaptability/Resiliency/Stress Management

Interviewees are notified of the Department’s decision within one month of the interview. Each person that completed an interview, will be placed in one of three categories: Accept, Waitlist, or Decline. 

DPT Admission Requirements

The Department of Physical Therapy accepts students based of their academic qualifications, character, and evidence of potential to benefit from the university experience. In addition to a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, in any major/discipline, the following criteria must be met prior to beginning the DPT program at CSU:

  • General Biology I&II, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I&II, 8 semester hours with lab course; or,
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 semester hours each, with labs)
  • General Chemistry I&II, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Physics I&II, 8 semester hours with lab
  • Statistics, 3 semester hours
  • Abnormal Psychology, 3 semester hours
  • Medical Terminology or an approved self-study course

Overall undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.00

Prerequisite GPA ≥ 3.00

The GRE must be taken within the last 5 years. If multiple attempts, the highest score from each section will be used (e.g. – superscore). The GRE code for our school is 5079.

No minimum GRE is required.

≥ 100 hours of volunteer/work experience under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

  • 1 letter from a teacher or professor.
  • 1 letter from a physical therapist.
  • Letters from relatives are not permitted.
  • Any completed prerequisites must be completed within 10 years prior to the application deadline.
  • Candidates may apply before completing all the prerequisite courses but must have a reasonable chance of completing all the requirements by the time of enrollment in the DPT program.
  • All prerequisite coursework must be awarded a letter or numeric grade and completed with a grade of “C” or higher. “C-” or 1.7 on PTCAS 4.0 GPA scale will not be accepted, except for work-in-progress classes as noted above.
  • The program will accept online labs to satisfy prerequisite requirements for admission.
  • The PT Department will not accept the following to satisfy prerequisite requirements for entry into the DPT program: survey courses, Advanced Placement (AP) credit, CLEP credit, exam credits, competency, testing, work experience. Medical Terminology is the only exception to this policy.