Top Physical Therapy Schools in South Dakota | SD Physical Therapy Colleges

Physical therapy majors can work in various professions, including athletic trainer, EMTs, medical assistant, occupational trainers and assistant, and physical therapists and assistants. In these fields, professionals assess patient injuries, develop exercise routines, and help patients manage pain and maintain proper health.

List of Elite Programs in South Dakota

Find Accredited Physical Therapy Schools in South Dakota

physical therapy schools image1All physical therapy programs in South Dakota require that all schools offering physical therapy degrees be approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE also accepts other accreditation bodies within the U.S.

Physical Therapy Certification in South Dakota

South Dakota requires all students and currently licensed professionals register with the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners. As part of the licensing process, the state requires that all applicants submit the following:

  • Their full name, date of birth, address, and social security number
  • The type of licensure applied for
  • A signed and notarized application
  • A photo similar to one used for passport applications
  • Legal proof of their residence within the U.S.
  • Agreement to submit to a criminal background check
  • Official transcripts from a CAPTE licensed school
  • National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) scores
  • A $50 application fee

Salaries for Physical Therapists in South Dakota

As of 2010, the average salary for physical therapy professions in South Dakota was $67,860, which is almost $7,000 more than the 2006 median salary of $60,340. Nationally, the average person with a physical therapy degree can expect to earn $81,030. This is nearly $25,000 more than those just entering the field where the median income is $56,280. However, the field has grown by 11 percent since 2006 and expects to add 20 jobs each year for the next five years.

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List of Physical Therapy Programs in South Dakota

South Dakota currently provides four schools for physical therapy certification — three traditional college and one online.

Traditional Programs

University of South Dakota
Located in Vermillion, SD
Offers:

  • Less than 1 Year Certificate
  • 1-2 Year Certificate
  • Associate’s Degree
  • 2-4 Year Certificates
  • Bachelor’s Degree

South Dakota State University
Located in Brookings, SD
Offers:

  • Less than 1 Year Certificate
  • 1-2 Year Certificate
  • Associate’s Degree
  • 2-4 Year Certificates
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Lake Area Technical Institute
Located in Watertown, SD
Offers:

  • Less than 1 Year Certificate
  • 1-2 Year Certificate
  • Associate’s Degree
  • 2-4 Year Certificates
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Online Programs

Utica College
Located Online
Offers:

  • Less than 1 Year Certificate
  • 1-2 Year Certificate
  • Associates Degree

More Physical Therapy Schools in South Dakota

PHYSICAL THERAPY SCHOOLSCITYPHONE NUMBERADDRESSWEBSITE
University of South DakotaVermillion 605-677-5000414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion SD 57069
www.usd.edu



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