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How to Apply

Sacramento State's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. To submit your application please visit and follow the instructions provided.

Prepare to Apply

  • Review the Admission Requirements listed on our website and on PTCAS to verify you have met all the minimum requirements.
  • Make sure you are on track to complete your prerequisite coursework by the required timeline.
  • Complete your volunteer/work hours by the deadline.
  • Identify who will be willing to write your letters of recommendation.
  • Take the GRE

Submit your PTCAS application

Apply at and select "California State University, Sacramento" as a program of interest, and submit your online PTCAS application by the deadline date. The following supporting documents are required with your PTCAS application:

  1. Official GRE Scores
    Arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your official GRE scores through PTCAS using the Sacramento State GRE code 7588.
  2. Observation Hours
    Complete a minimum of 100 hours of observation/work experience which includes at least 25 hours in both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings. Hours that have not been completed and verified through PTCAS by the application deadline will not count towards the 100 required hours.
  3. Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation are required, two from licensed physical therapists and one from a college professor. Arrange for your references to be submitted electronically through PTCAS by the application deadline.
  4. Supplemental Prerequisite Worksheet
    This worksheet must be completed, converted to a pdf file, and uploaded to your PTCAS application by the deadline date.
  5. Transcripts
    Request a set of official transcripts from every US college and university you have attended be sent to PTCAS. Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES).

Monitor your PTCAS Application

  • Login to your PTCAS application to check the status of your transcripts, references, GRE scores, and PT observation hour forms.
  • Arrange for all the required materials to arrive by the deadline.
  • Follow up with any of the items that are missing
  • Do not apply unless you meet all of the minimum requirements.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Next Steps

Invitation to Interview

Once all applications have been reviewed, the top 100 applicants are invited for an on-campus interview. All applicants will recieve notice of their interview status by mid-December.

A typical interview day consists of meeting current DPT students, touring the DPT facilities, and a panel interview with one faculty member, two local clinicians, and the applicant.

Submit your Cal State Apply Application

Only applicants that receive an interview invitation are asked to submit the University application through Cal State Apply. Please do not submit your Cal State Apply application until you are notified to do so by the Physical Therapy Department.

Selection Procedures

All application materials are reviewed by the Admissions Committee to rank applicants. Consideration is given for prerequisite coursework GPA, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, additional background criteria (optional), and advanced upper divison coursework (optional). The top 100 applicants will be invited for an individual interview. The top 32 applicants, along with the alternates, will be notified of their status within two weeks of the final interviews.

Admissions Appeal Policy

An applicant who wishes to appeal the decision of his/her admission to the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at Sacramento State may contact the Department of Physical Therapy’s Admissions Committee in writing within 2 weeks of receiving their decision letter. The letter of appeal should explain why the applicant feels that the application processing may have contained omissions, errors, or oversights that adversely affected the applicant’s admissions decision. The applicant will be informed by the Admissions Committee of their decision within two weeks of receipt of the appeal letter. Letters of appeal should be sent to:

Jerri McAtee
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, MS 6020
Sacramento, CA 95819hysical Therapy Doctoral Program graduates photo

International Applicants

Domestic Applicants with Foreign Documents

Domestic applicants applying with transcripts from outside the U.S. must complete 8 units of prerequisite coursework at a U.S. accredited college or university. Prerequisite courses taken outside the U.S. must be completed by the end of the Fall semester prior to matriculation. For additional information visit the Office of Graduate Studies website and select Applicants with Foreign Documents.

International Admissions

International applicants interested in applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program may contact the International Programs and Global Engagement office for additional admission information.

International Programs & Global Engagement
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Library North, Room 1001
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 278-7772


Applicants who possess a bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is not the principal language must demonstrate competency in English by passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For additional information regarding passing scores visit the Office of Graduate Studies Language Testing Requirement webpage. TOEFL scores must be submitted with your PTCAS application by the deadline date, and if invited for an interview, your CAL STATE APPLY application.

Resources & Deadlines

2021-22 Application Deadlines
Date Event
June 15, 2021 PTCAS 2021-22 Application Cycle Opens
October 1, 2021 Deadline to take GRE Exam
October 1, 2021 Deadline to submit PTCAS Application (11:59 pm EST)
Mid-December 2021 Interview notifications sent to all applicants
January 29, 2022 On campus interviews for invited applicants
Mid-February 2022 Offers of admission until class filled
August 26, 2022 DPT New Student Orientation
August 29, 2022 First day of instruction