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Application Process

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 Application Checklist
  • 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:

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:

Melissa Timpson
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, MS 6020
Sacramento, CA 95819



2024-25 Application Deadlines
Date Event
June 17, 2024 PTCAS 2023-24 Application Cycle Opens
October 1, 2024 Deadline to take GRE Exam
October 1, 2024 Deadline to submit PTCAS Application (11:59 pm EST)
Mid-December 2024 Interview notifications sent to all applicants
Mid-January 2025 On campus interviews for invited applicants
Mid-February 2025 Offers of admission until class filled
TBA DPT New Student Orientation
TBA First day of instruction

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.