Division opens applications for a new hybrid DPT program

Recently the division began accepting applications for its new DPT@USC, a hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) designed for aspiring physical therapists. In this three-year, full time program, students will take courses online and on USC's campus and get hands-on clinical experience in a rigorous hybrid program that mirrors that of the widely respected on-campus DPT program, which is celebrating its 73rd year and is currently ranked a No. 1graduate school of physical therapy by U.S. News & WorldReport.  

"We're proud to continue USC's pursuit of innovative approaches to teaching and learning as we welcome applicants from across the country to earn their doctorate from our top-ranked physical therapy program," said Dr. James Gordon, associate dean and chair of the Division. "We strive to accomplish our mission - to enhance human health and quality of life - in an era of unprecedented opportunities and extraordinary challenges, especially in healthcare. To meet these challenges, we are committed to transforming how we prepare the next generation of physical therapists to deliver the highest level of care to society."

The newly established hybrid program, DPT@USC, is intended tobegin the transformation of physical therapy education, acting as amodel for other programs throughout the nation. DPT@USC is designedto match the caliber of its on-campus equivalent, enabling USC toinfluence a rapidly changing health care landscape by educatingfuture physical therapy leaders across the country.

The hybrid program offers a unique experience for students across the nation as they take classes online and on campus, in addition to rich, hands-on clinical experiences. The online platform, powered by 2U, Inc., includes live, weekly classes taught by USC faculty and a highly engaging interactive online campus. In addition, the program includes approximately 60 days of immersion experiences on campus in Los Angeles and 50 weeks of clinical experiences in students' communities or at sites across the nation.Students enrolled in this program will complete 115 credit hours of courses specially designed to train physical therapists.

The application deadline is February 26, 2018, and the first cohort of students will begin classes in June 2018. Visit dpt.usc.edu/hybrid-dpt-program for more information and application requirements, or contact an admissions counselor at admissions@dpt.usc.edu.

Posted 01.11.2018