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College of Health Professions

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Program Overview

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program prepares you to be a scholar-practitioner who advances the practice of physical therapy through the application of current evidence. Anderson University’s eight semester program is shorter than other DPT programs in South Carolina, getting graduates into the job market sooner. The program includes 32 weeks of full-time clinical opportunities in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health, and specialty practices throughout the Southeast and other parts of the country. During your clinical experience, you’ll gain hands-on experience under the direct supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.

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Program at a
Glance

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

125

DETAILS

Total Credit Hours: 125
Program Type: DPT
Location: Main Campus (seated) for the first semester. Remaining classes taken at UCG Campus.
Time to Complete: 2.5 Years/31 Months
Start Date: Summer: May
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Why AU?

Ready for the next chapter in your academic, professional, and spiritual life? Whether you are graduating high school or pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, we invite you to be a part of one of the top regional universities in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Come discover why the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. identified Anderson University as one of the top-ranked, most affordable colleges in the country. Take the next step in your journey of academic excellence today.
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Career Outlook

The job outlook for physical therapy is projected to increase over the next several years. In addition, physical therapy has consistently been cited as one of the most satisfying professional careers, particularly in healthcare, because it provides good earning potential, flexibility, and opportunities for development. Nationwide, the average salary for a physical therapist is $88,900 per year, while the average salary in South Carolina runs slightly less.

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Career Outlook

The job outlook for physical therapy is projected to increase over the next several years. In addition, physical therapy has consistently been cited as one of the most satisfying professional careers, particularly in healthcare, because it provides good earning potential, flexibility, and opportunities for development. Nationwide, the average salary for a physical therapist is $88,900 per year, while the average salary in South Carolina runs slightly less.

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Anderson University is a national leader in higher education in its use of technology to support and enhance all aspects of its core function—teaching and learning, which has led to the institution being recognized as an Apple Distinguished School since 2014. Through Anderson’s Digital Learning Initiative, Anderson has provided all of its residential undergraduate students and select graduate program students with an iPad Air and Apple Pencil. The mission of transforming learning experiences and preparing students to serve their communities and careers in the twenty-first century is enhanced through mobile devices developed by Apple.

Admission Requirements

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Previous Degree Required

A bachelor’s degree in any major/discipline is required to enroll in this program. Biology, Kinesiology, and Exercise Science are preferred.

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Transcript Requirements

Official transcripts from the school(s) where the applicant has taken college credits or completed their degree(s) must be submitted as part of the applicantion process for this program.

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Additional Admission Requirements

40 or more hours of volunteer/work in PT setting; Evidence of invovlement/leadership in community setting; for those invited to interview: on-site writing sample; 3 minute video submission. Click to view scoring rubric.

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Application Deadline

June 15-October 1 through PTCAS

More Information

I-20 Approved: No
I-17 Approved: No
Non Degree Option Available (Minor): None
Program Director:
Program Director – Dr Curt Kindel Program Coordinator – Dr. Matthew de Ruig, Faculty Admissions Coordinator
Breakdown of Credit Hours:
24 Credit Hours – Foundational Sciences | 17 Credit Hours – Leadership Development and Professionalism | 7 Credit Hours – Research | 44 Credit Hours – Patient Evaluation and Treatment | 33 Credit Hours – Clinical Education Experiences
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