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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Physical Therapy
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Admission to the DPT Program

California State University, Long Beach offers an entry-level physical therapy professional curriculum that leads to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.The first DPT class began studies in June, 2012. The last MPT class entered in fall, 2011 and will graduate in 2014.

Matriculation/Employment information

All 33 of the students who began the MPT curriculum in Fall, 2008 graduated with their class in 2010, passed their subsequent clinical internships and are in process of taking the licensing examination. All graduates passing the licensing examination who have applied for employment as physical therapists are employed as physical therapists.

Due to budget constraints only 16 students were accepted into the MPT class of 2014 in fall, 2011. The 2014 MPT class had 563 applicants of which 42 were offered a position in the class. 16 accepted and are matriculated.

35 students were accepted into the DPT class of 2015 and were admitted in summer, 2012. The average cumulative GPA for accepted students was 3.59. The average prerequisite GPA for accepted students was 3.71.

DPT Cost:

In order to cover the costs of DPT education, Tuition for the DPT are $8074/semester, including summers, for three years. Other university fees also apply.

Application Information:

To prepare for application into the program, students must follow an undergraduate program which includes appropriate physical, biological, and behavioral science prerequisite courses before applying to the program. Click on Prerequisite Courses in the left menu window for a prerequisite list. A minimum score of 4.0 on the Analytical Writing portion of the General Aptitude Section of the GRE is desired.

The department participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants applying to the department will apply online using the PTCAS application. The PTCAS application filing period begins the previous July 1 and the department application deadline for the DPT is November 1 for entrance into the program the following summer semester. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site.

Applicants must simultaneously apply to the University by submitting a completed CSU Postbaccalaureate and Graduate Admissions Form available through the University's Office of Enrollment Services, Brotman Hall 101 or electronically at CSUMentor. The University application filing period for the class starting in May, 2013 began October ,1 2012 and the deadline is December 30, 2012. The University application filing period thereafter (beginning with the class starting in May, 2014) is from October 1 to December 1 of the previous year.

Application to the University is a separate process than application to the Physical Therapy program. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Physical Therapy Program and admission to the Physical Therapy Program is contingent upon being accepted by the University. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services for University application information and requirements for acceptance to the University.

Submit official GRE scoresand transcripts from all colleges and universities directly to both PTCAS and to theCSULB Office of Enrollment Services, not to the Department of Physical Therapy.

Required after acceptance:

After acceptance to the program, applicants must send a copy of adult CPR certification and a health statement from a physician to the department.

All students accepted into the program must attest that they can perform the essential functions required of physical therapy education and clinical practice outlined in the department's Essential Functions document.

In addition, technical literacy in word processing, use of spreadsheets and slide presentation programs (e.g.powerpoint) is expected.

Assistance in preparing to apply to the DPT program:

The Department of Physical Therapy strongly encourages you to attend one of the general advising sessions usually scheduled on the first Friday of each month (excluding official University or religious holidays). Click on Advisement Sessions in the left menu window for current dates.