Doctor of Physical Therapy – Tuition Costs and Fees

2023-2024 Estimated Program Costs

South College Direct Expenses
1June 2019 Tuition ($11,975 per quarter x 8 quarters)

10-20 credit hours ($11,975)

1-9 credit hours ($800 per credit hour)
2Technology Fee ($495 per quarter x 8 quarters)$ 3960
3Supplemental Application Fee$ 60
4Graduation Fee$ 300
Subtotal costs$ 98,500 
Additional Program-Affiliated Expenses 
5Textbooks, Clinical Apps, Licensure Prep materials$ 2,500b
6Physical Therapy professional equipment$ 180c
7APTA student membership ($80 per year) x 2 years$ 160
8State Chapter student membership ($0 – $10 per year) x 2 years$ 20d
9PTCAS Application Fee (for application to one DPT program)$ 155e
5Lodging costs for onsite Lab Intensives ($50 x 90 training days)$ 4,500f,g
 Totals for entire Doctor of Physical Therapy Program:$ 107,635 



a These are estimated costs for the entire program. Tuition, fees, and costs are subject to change. Tuition for in-state and out-of-state residents is the same.

b Estimated costs for textbooks and tablet clinical applications are based on current course requirements.

c Physical therapy equipment costs include a student kit consisting of common clinical exam instruments, gait belt, and exercise mat.  A portable treatment table is highly recommended for personal practice.

d Rates vary depending on state of residence (generally range from $0 – $10 per year).

e This includes a base fee to PTCAS and an application to one DPT program.  Each additional program applied to adds $60 per program to your PTCAS fees.

Estimated lodging costs apply to students commuting to Knoxville for onsite Lab Intensives.  This estimate includes Orientation, 6 Lab Intensives, and Graduation Week activities for a total of 86 required training days.  An additional 4 days are included should the student be required to remain after a Lab Intensive session for remedial training and retesting.

g Students are required to make their own lodging arrangements for Lab Intensive sessions.  Knoxville provides many lodging options for students.  Block room pricing is available at one are hotel starting at $89/night single or double occupancy.  Several extended stay hotels are available in the area for as low as $55/night single or double occupancy.  Additionally, many students rent vacation homes with 6-7 other classmates for as low as $20/night per student.  Most students pay less than $50/night for lodging.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

All charges are due and payable on or before the registration date for each quarter. Circumstances that prevent a student from adhering to these dates should be discussed with the Business Office. Students attending South College under a grant or loan should confer with the Financial Aid Department concerning the payment of fees. Students attending the college under the G.I. Bill should discuss payment of school fees with the Director of Financial Aid. Tuition and fees are subject to change at the end of any quarter. Failure to make proper payments, unless otherwise cleared with the Business Office, will result in dismissal from the college.

Grades will not be issued, degrees granted, or transcripts furnished until all financial obligations have been satisfied and all college property returned.

Updated June 2021