Creating the Future in Physical Therapy

Creating the Future in Physical Therapy

Student Emergency Fund

As we face this difficult time together, we appreciate and rely more than ever on the support of our strong, compassionate community.

As you can imagine, so much has changed at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy during recent months. We have made significant strides in upholding our academic and clinical mission during this time while navigating unavoidable changes, including seamlessly shifting didactic coursework online (thanks to the groundwork already laid by creating the DPT@USC hybrid online/on-campus degree program), rearranging our curriculum so that our students can still get vital hands-on treatment experience at a later date, and rapidly increasing our use of telehealth while continuing to provide in-person physical therapy treatment to our most urgent cases. Some of our faculty are truly on the front lines of the epidemic—providing in-patient care to COVID-19 patients in the intensive care units at Keck Medical Center of USC.

Through it all, we remain steadfastly committed to our students while also acknowledging the very real challenges they are facing.

To help address those challenges and to support USC Physical Therapy and Biokinesiology students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve launched the USC Dentistry, OT and PT Student Emergency Fund.

This fund serves as a lifeline, helping USC BKNPT students who are experiencing unexpected and overwhelming financial challenges, such as struggling to pay rent, provide for young families, finance necessary emergency travel or afford basic necessities as they continue or complete their education—both during the current crisis and into the future.

The University's COVID-19 Response

USC has established four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include the USC Student Basic Needs Fund, Keck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response FundUSC Community Outreach Fund, and USC Employee Support Fund.

PT students donning their white coats

Transforming Healthcare

As one of the nation’s top physical therapy programs, the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy carries the responsibility of being a leader in the profession. Our mission to enhance the quality of life and health of all people leads us to develop solutions to advance physical therapy education, science and practice. With your support and participation, we are transforming healthcare by creating the future in physical therapy. 

Developing Leaders for a Rapidly Changing Healthcare System

In and beyond the classroom and the Division’s clinical sites, USC PT students are taking up the standard of leadership established by past generations of Trojan PTs. Current DPT student groups bring professional issues to the forefront by meeting with elected officials each year to advocate for patients and physical therapists, and frequently engage in diverse service-learning opportunities, including traveling to provide free physical therapy to children with disabilities at Gabriel House, an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico; assessing, screening and educating athletes in preparation for their participation in the Special Olympics; and leading local outreach to teach high school students about the profession. USC PT students go above and beyond in their efforts to spread awareness about physical therapy services, offer direct patient care, work to enhance access to care for diverse patient populations and advocate for fellow PT practitioners nationwide.

The USC Physical Therapy Alumni Endowed Scholarship helps to continue attracting outstanding students who bring new ideas, new ambitions, and new excitement to the DPT program and USC. By alleviating a portion of their financial burden, prospective students are encouraged to pursue their PT education at USC and current students are empowered to achieve success in the DPT program and in their own professional development.

Trojans Making an Impact

We are continually grateful for the investments our alumni, friends and supporters have made in the past that have given us the capabilities necessary to adapt during this current crisis. As USC BKNPT continues to train exceptional practitioners who provide exemplary patient care and drive the evolution of the practice of physical therapy—even amidst unprecedented challenges and unexpected change—gifts to the USC Physical Therapy Momentum Fund allow the division to direct resources where they are most needed.

Every gift makes a difference and we invite you to partner with the division today as we assist students who are facing overwhelming financial challenges—both now and after the current crisis—adapt to provide outstanding educational experiences in every era and prepare to continue offering much-needed patient care to communities both near and far.

Thank you for your support. Fight On!