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

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Application Requirements

The PT Department accepts students based on 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. The GRE code for our school is 5079.

According to PTCAS, the most recent data for applicants accepted is:

  • Verbal = 54th percentile
  • Quantitative = 48th percentile
  • Analytical Writing = 58th percentile

At least 100 hours of volunteer/work experience in a variety of settings under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

  • 1 letter from a teacher or professor addressing the applicant’s academic aptitude.
  • 1 letter from a physical therapist addressing the applicant’s attitude, work ethic, and potential for success in the field of physical therapy.
  • Letters from relatives are not permitted.
  • Applicants may apply with two (2) work-in-progress prerequisites provided they complete each with a B (3.0) or higher before December 31st.
  • Prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the past five (5) years at a two-year or four-year regionally accredited institution.
  • 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.