Independent Health Professions
USC Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Founded in 1943, the USC Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy is a leading center for physical therapy research, education and clinical practice, with an emphasis on evidence-based treatment.
Our master's and doctoral programs in biokinesiology (the investigation of the human body's adaptation to growth, injury, disease and aging) and physical therapy are ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Faculty are internationally recognized leaders in the field, with specialties that include embryonic development, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics and pediatrics.
USC was one of the first universities to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree. The three-year, entry-level D.P.T. program prepares its graduates to be authoritative practitioners in the diagnosis and treatment of movement dysfunction. The post-professional D.P.T. program is designed to enhance practicing physical therapists’ clinical and professional skills.
USC Department of Occupational Therapy
Ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the USC Department of Occupational Therapy is a center of clinical innovation and theoretical development, with a faculty of renowned practitioners and theorists. The department established the world's first professional and post-professional master’s degree programs in occupational therapy, the application of activities that improve performance, prevent illness and disability, and promote adaptation to life changes.
Drawing from multiple disciplines—including anthropology, education, the fine and performing arts, gerontology, pediatrics, physiology and sociology——occupational science is the study of the factors that influence the form, function and meaning of human pursuits. USC instituted the world’s first Ph.D. program in occupational science in 1989, to provide the occupational therapy profession with a scientific basis for practice.
Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy degree programs
A separate application is required for all the programs below. Please refer to the department for further information.
- D.P.T., entry-level
- D.P.T., post-professional level
- M.S., Biokinesiology
- Ph.D., Biokinesiology
- Neurologic Physical Therapy
- Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy degree programs
- M.A., Occupational Therapy. Two-year, entry-level professional program for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in another field.
- M.A., Occupational Therapy. One-year program for practicing therapists.
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.)
- Ph.D., Occupational Science