Physical Therapy Program

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

The Department of Physical Therapy at Charleston Southern participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. The application for the 2022 entering class is now open.

For more information on admissions, click here.

The DPT Program utilizes a rolling interview and admission process. Interviews will begin in the Fall and continue until the class size is filled. A total of 48 students will be admitted to the DPT Program each year.

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.

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

Students will apply directly to PTCAS. For additional questions email

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 on/or before January 15, 2021 to reserve the seat in the program 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 courses.
  • Proof of Health Insurance (must be maintained throughout the program)
  • Immunization Records
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Permission to Release Information Form

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

Selection Process

The Charleston Southern University Doctor of Physical Therapy program encourages everyone to apply and supports an inclusive admission criterion while we reserve the right to give preference to CSU graduates. Inclusive criteria suggests that we seek applicants from various cultures, with racial and ethnic diversity, first generation college graduates, those with foreign language proficiency, advanced degree, veteran status, and various/diverse religious backgrounds.

The most qualified applicants are invited for an interview and tour the campus. Interviews are conducted to assess the following:

  • Communication/Interpersonal skills
  • Ethics & Integrity
  • Self-Awareness
  • Professionalism
  • Understanding of the program’s mission and vision

Applicants will be notified of their admission status within one month of their interview process. This includes offer a seat in the upcoming cohort, place on a waitlist, or deny admission to the program.

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 with lab; or,
    • General Biology I and upper-level Biology related course (≥ 200 level course)
    • All biology courses must include a lab component
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I&II, with lab; or,
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • General Chemistry I&II with lab
  • Physics I&II with lab
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
    • 1 course, beyond introductory level, that includes the study of behavioral, developmental, and/or abnormal psychology in adolescent and adulthood population.
  • Medical Terminology or an approved self-study course

Minimum prerequisite GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0

Preferred cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0/4.0

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 2904. No minimum GRE is required.

  • 1 letter from a teacher or professor
  • 1 letter from a physical therapist
  • Letters from relatives are not permitted
  • Any completed prerequisites are recommended to 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. Refer to Pass/Fail Grading Requirement for exceptions on courses completed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused most institutions to adjust the way they deliver courses as well as the way they deliver grades. The Department of Physical Therapy will accept courses that utilized nonqualitative and binary grading systems during this pandemic era. The following grading terminology includes some examples (not an exhaustive list) of various nonqualitative and binary grading terminology:

    • Pass/fail
    • Satisfactory/unsatisfactory
    • Credit/no credit
    • Pass/no record
    • Pass/marginal pass/unsatisfactory
    • Credit/general credit/no credit
    • Incomplete extraordinary circumstances (IE)/pass extraordinary circumstance (PE)/no credit extraordinary circumstance (NCE)
    • Satisfactory (S)/satisfactory but deficient (SD)/no credit (NC)

The COVID-19 pandemic encompasses courses taken during Spring 2020 until the pandemic is declared to be finished. The Department of Physical Therapy will not factor any courses that utilized a nonqualitative and binary grading terminology into the overall or prerequisite GPA.