Application Requirements for Fall 2015

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Application Deadlines:

Two initial applications are REQUIRED to apply for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program for fall 2015 enrollment consideration. BOTH are due by October 1, 2014:

GRE Reporting Codes:

  • GRE Code: 7588

An applicant must:

  • have received (or will receive by the end of the Summer 2015 semester) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • have completed nine (9) of the eleven (11) prerequisite courses by the end of fall semester, 2014. The two (2) remaining courses must be completed in the Spring 2015 and/or Summer 2015 semester (a maximum of one (1) of these courses may be completed during the summer);
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the last 60 semester units of your baccalaureate degree, to meet minimum requirements of CSU’s Office of Graduate Studies Graduate Application;
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the prerequisite coursework, with grades of C or better in each course to meet the requirement for the Department of Physical Therapy’s DPT program. A grade of C- is not acceptable. Coursework intended to fulfill pre-requisite requirements must closely match subject, course level [e.g. “introductory”, “general or college”, “upper division”], semester unit value, and lab requirement. Coursework submitted to fulfill pre-requisites that does not closely match descriptions may be rejected. See REPEAT POLICY below regarding calculating GPA for repeats.        

Prerequisite Course REPEAT POLICY: 

Grades from any and all courses taken to fulfill each prerequisite will be considered in calculating your GPA.

  • If a course was taken twice (2), only the higher course grade will be used.
  • If a course is taken three (3) times, the grades from each will be averaged.
  • If a course was taken four (4) times to complete one required prerequisite, then the applicant will be disqualified.

A course is considered a “repeat” even if it is taken at a different university, or has a different course number from the same university.

Doctor of Physical Therapy program applicants must apply online to the following two applications: 

  1. Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) online application (apply online at http://www.ptcas.org/)
    Available now; Deadline:  October 1, 2014 at 9 pm PST
  2. Physical Therapy Department Application, Deadline:  october 1, 2014

Qualified applicants will be required to submit a third application to CSU’s Office of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Application (apply online through CSU Mentor http://www.csumentor.edu/), which has a $55. application fee.  Qualified applicants will be notified by the PT department.  Please do not apply to CSU Mentor until requested to do so by the PT department

Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended with your PTCAS Application and CSU Graduate Application 

Applicant must complete and verify on PTCAS a minimum 100 total hours of observation/work/volunteer experience in at least one “Inpatient” and one “Outpatient” setting.  Inpatient refers to treating patients who are admitted overnight at the facility, and includes: Acute Care Hospitals, Rehab/Sub-Acute Rehab Facilities, and Nursing homes, Extended Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities.  The outpatient settings include: Free-standing PT or Hospital Clinics, , School/Pre-school, Wellness/Prevention/Fitness, Industrial/Occupational Health and other Outpatient clinics. Each setting should have at least twenty-five (25) hours of exposure.  For example, 75 hours in an Outpatient type (i.e. Outpatient clinic setting), and 25 hours in an Inpatient type facility (i.e. SNF setting) would fulfill this requirement.   All PT experience hours must be completed by 10/1/14.

Submit two (2) Recommendation Forms from U.S. or Canadian licensed physical therapists and one (1) from a college level professor with your PTCAS Application.

Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) by the October 1 deadline [use Code: 7588]. You must have a GRE analytic score of at least 3.5 to be considered for admission. There are no minimum threshold requirements for the verbal and quantitative scores. We accept either the revised GRE or the older GRE from the last 5 years.

Applicants who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution, where English is the principal language, must demonstrate competency in English by scoring a minimum of 550 (213 if computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Submit those scores with your PTCAS Application and CSU Graduate Application

Submit a letter from the director of your previous physical therapy program designating your academic standing (if applicable).

Applicants with Foreign Documents: Domestic applicants applying with transcripts from outside the U.S. must complete  8 units of the prerequisite course work listed in the DPT Supplemental Application by the end of fall semester 2012 and have references from two (2) U.S. or Canadian licensed physical therapists. Domestic applicants with foreign transcripts must submit their transcripts by November 1, 2013 to the Office of Graduate Studies to allow verification time.

NOTE to International Applicants (F-1 Student Visas only):

  • A fourth step and application is required of International applicants. Please review the CSU, Sacramento international application procedures at http://www.csus.edu/oge/international-admissions/Intlwelcome.html.  International applications are due to the Office of International Admissions by January 5, 2015. International students must complete by the end of fall semester 2013 eight (8) units of the prerequisite coursework listed in the DPT Supplemental Application at a U.S. accredited college or university, and must have references from two (2) U.S. or Canadian licensed physical therapists. Please also see the communication competencies in the  DPT Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards
  • IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER NOTE: If you will require an F-1 Visa to attend the University, you should be aware that Immigration and Naturalization within the United States Department of Homeland Security requires specific types of certification and licensure for each degree program before the university can issue SEVIS I-20s.  Because we just recently were approved to become a Doctoral Program, our University is currently applying for approval by Immigration to issue I-20s for this new program.  This process is a lengthy one and we wanted to alert F-1 Visa students that while we are willing to process your application, if the PT department admits you, we cannot commit to a specific date when we will have approval to admit international F-1 Visa students to this program.

SELECTION PROCEDURES

All application materials are reviewed by the Admissions Committee to rank applicants. Points are assigned for the prerequisite coursework GPA, recommendation forms from two (2) licensed U.S. or Canadian physical therapists and one (1) college level professor, the GRE writing (analytic) score and additional background criteria. The 60-80 highest ranked applicants will be invited for a panel interview. The top thirty-two (32) applicants, along with alternates, will be notified of their status within two weeks of the final interviews.