Physical Therapy

Welcome to the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy Website

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our new and exciting Doctor of Physical Therapy program at South College!  Our program and faculty are committed to the development of future Doctors of Physical Therapy, ready to meet the demands of clinical practice in the 21st century with exemplary entry-level skills, who exhibit marked professionalism, and who understand the necessity for the delivery of compassionate care.

Our Mission

The mission of the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to provide an innovative, career-focused education that develops Doctors of Physical Therapy who are highly skilled, mindful, and empathetic care providers, who are passionate lifelong learners, who are servant leaders in their local community, and who are highly engaged in their professional and broader health care communities. Graduates will be equipped to deliver exemplary care in a multidisciplinary, team-oriented, and value-based healthcare environment.

Our Program Design

  • An accelerated, two-year DPT curriculum unique to physical therapy education.
  • 63 weeks of didactic curriculum spread across 6 academic quarters.
  • 31 weeks of full-time clinical education, in a variety of clinical settings, consisting of an 8-week experience and a 23-week terminal internship.

Our Unique Features

  • A contemporary and evidence-based curriculum powered by the Evidence In Motion (EIM) Learning Academy.
  • A blended-learning program that combines the best aspects of online learning activities and interactions, hands-on laboratory sessions, and collaborative clinical education experiences.
    • Online, distance-based learning allows students to live anywhere while completing their didactic education.
    • Onsite, “conference-style” lab intensives are held quarterly in Knoxville, TN to develop essential hands-on patient management skills.
    • Clinical education experiences provided nationwide in a standardized, structured, and collaborative manner with skilled Clinical Faculty and the EIM Clinical Excellence Network.
  • Seamless transition into one of EIM’s post-professional residency training programs (orthopaedics, sports, neurorehabilitation, etc.).

Our Accreditation Status

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is seeking accreditation as a new physical therapist education program by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

The following time line details the activities that must occur during our Candidate for Accreditation and Initial Accreditation process.



Time line

Application for Candidacy submitted

June 1, 2014

CAPTE site visit for Candidacy

July 20-22, 2014

CAPTE meeting:   Decision on Candidate for Accreditation status

November 2014

Matriculate students

January-June 2015

Charter class begins

June 2015

Program Self-Study Report completed and submitted to CAPTE

October 2016

CAPTE onsite visit for Initial Accreditation


CAPTE meeting:  Decision on Initial Accreditation status

April 2017

Charter class graduates

June 2017

More information related to the accreditation process is available at CAPTE may be contacted at: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245;

Contact Us

For more information about the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, please contact the School of Physical Therapy at

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* Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student. *