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Department of Physical Therapy College of Health & Human Services

Department Updates

About Physical Therapy

Office Closed due to COVID-19

Program Overview

Sacramento State’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a three-year program dedicated to graduating professional, evidence-informed physical therapists who have the knowledge and skills to provide patient care in any practice environment.

The program’s curriculum is designed to provide a foundation in the science and art of physical therapy, one that engages students in clinical reasoning through problem-solving within the context of patient cases, both actual and simulated. In addition, students complete 36 weeks of full-time internships at three locations to learn by doing in their respective practice settings.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Sacramento State Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to graduate knowledgeable, highly skilled, adaptable and reflective physical therapist generalist practitioners and health care leaders.

Graduates demonstrate ethical, responsible, professional behavior; are sensitive to cultural and psychosocial differences; and use evidence derived from the scientific and professional literature to inform independent judgments to meet patient needs and to advance the profession. They utilize critical and integrative thinking and problem-solving, practice lifelong learning, and provide services that contribute to the optimal health and function of community residents.

Explore Our Degree Opportunities

Information Sessions

Students interested in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program are encouraged to attend one of the monthly information sessions. The sessions will include information on all aspects of the application process, prerequisite requirements, and the admissions criteria. If time permits, individual questions will be addressed and there will be a tour of our facilities.

Dates and Times

Quick Facts

Category Stats
DPT applications received for Fall 2019 473
Students accepted every Fall semester   32
DPT Graduation Rate 95.3%
DPT Licensure Pass Rate 100
DPT First-time Licensure Pass Rate 97.6%
Full-time Faculty to Student Ratio  1:9
Diversity (English as a Second Language) 25.5%

Division Resources

Find Us

Department of Physical Therapy
Folsom Hall, Room 1054
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact Us

Phone: (916) 278-6426
Fax: (916) 278-6842

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