How to Apply for 2017 DPT Admission


Post Professional DPT Information for our MPT grads


Two applications are REQUIRED to apply for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program for Fall 2017 Enrollment Consideration

  • PTCAS Application
    Deadline: 9:00 p.m. PST,
    October 3, 2016
  • PT Departmental Application Worksheet

Please use GRE Reporting Code: 

GRE Code: 7588

Two applications are REQUIRED to apply for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. (Except International Applicants, which have one additional application- see below). 


Complete the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service 
(PTCAS) online application due by 9:00 pm PST on October 3, 2016.

PTCAS applications will be available in early July of 2016.  Apply at and check "California State University, Sacramento" as a program of interest.

Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)  
PO Box 9112 
Watertown, MA 02471-4403
(617) 612-2040 tel email


Complete the Physical Therapy Department Application Worksheet (available Summer 2016)

Please note: Qualified applicants will be required to submit a third application to the CSU Office of Graduate studies via CSU Mentor, which has a $55. fee. Please do not apply to CSU Mentor until you are notified to do so by the Physical Therapy Department.

NOTE TO Domestic Applicants with Foreign Documents:  Domestic applicants applying with transcripts from outside the U.S. must complete 8 units of the prerequisite course work at a U.S. accredited college or university, and have references from two (2) U.S. or Canadian licensed physical therapists. Prerequisite courses taken outside the U.S. must be completed by the end of the Fall 2016 semester.  Domestic applicants with foreign transcripts must submit their transcripts to the Office of Graduate Studies by October 1, 2016 to allow verification time.

Important 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 International applications are due to the Office of International Admissions. International students must complete by the end of fall semester, 2016, 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. 

NOTE: If you will require an F-1 Visa to attend the University, you should be aware that the Immigration and Naturalization Service (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 were just recently 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.

Office of Global Education, International Admissions 
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Lassen Hall 2304
Sacramento, CA 95819-6012 
(916) 278-7772 tel 

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) licenses U.S. or Canadian physical therapists and one (1) college level professor, the GRE writing (analytic) and quantitative scores and additional background criteria. The 80-100 highest ranked applicants will be invited for a panel interview. Interviews are tentatively expected to be conducted in late January or early February of 2017.  The top thirty-two (32) applicants, along with the alternates, will be notified of their status within two weeks of the final interviews.


Application Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

DPT Prerequisite Course Worksheet

Sacramento State DPT Prerequisite Course Descriptions

PT Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards