Prospective Students

DPT Class of 2021

By the Numbers

Women: 59%
Men: 41%

Avg. Age: 24 years
Avg. PreReq GPA: 3.81
PreReq GPA range: 3.57- 4.00

Median GRE Scores
  Analytic Writing: 4.0
  Range: 3.5 - 5.5
  Quantitative: 55%
  Range:  30% - 84%

PTCAS Applications
  Received: 541
Applicants Interviewed: 93
Applicants Admitted: 32
Acceptance Rate:  11%

Percent of Admitted Applicants
  with Sacramento State
  Bachelor's Degrees: 13%

From California: 97%

Admission is highly selective and enrollment in the PT program is limited to 32 students each year. To be eligible for admission, students must earn a bachelor's degree by the start of the program. 

The Physical Therapy Program Admissions Committee considers the following factors in the selection process:

  • Strength of academic record. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the start of the program, with a "C" grade or higher. Applicants must obtain a minimum 3.00 GPA in all of the prerequisites to be eligible to apply.  
  • Volunteer experience. A minimum of 100 total hours of observation/work/volunteer experience is required in at least one “Inpatient” and one “Outpatient” setting.  Each setting must have a minimum of 25 hours of exposure.  For example, 75 hours in an outpatient setting, and 25 hours in an inpatient setting would fulfill this requirement.  All observation hours must be completed and electronically verified in the PTCAS application by the deadline. No consideration will be given for hours that are "not verified" or are listed as "planned".
  • GRE Exam. We require the full GRE for admission into the program, the Analytical Writing Score and the Quantitative Score will be used in the admission decision. The minimum accepted scores for the GRE exam is 3.5 on the analytical section, and 29% on the quantitative section.  We do not have a minimum threshold for the verbal section.
  • Strength of professional evaluations. All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation with their PTCAS application; two from licensed physical therapists you've worked directly under, and one from a College Professor you have taken a course from. The letter of recommendation forms are available through the  PTCAS application.
  • Background characteristics. Additional admissions points are available for second language competency, and for disadvantaged economic, educational and environmental backgrounds. 
  • Advanced coursework. Additional admission points may be given for advanced coursework completed prior to the application deadline.  A list of acceptable advanced course categories is available on the Prerequisite page.
  • Strength of the on-campus personal interview with faculty and affiliating clinicians.  During the individual interview, we will attempt to ascertain your:

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    • Ability to reflect and your level of self-awareness
    • Understanding of the Physical Therapy profession
    • Understanding and involvement in cultural awareness and diversity
    • Type and extent of community activities

Selection Procedures

The Admissions Committee reviews all application materials to verify that all minimum requirements have been met, and to rank applicants for interviews. Points are assigned for the prerequisite coursework GPA, letters of recommendation, advanced coursework, and additional background criteria. The top 100 ranked applicants will be invited for an interview. All applicants will be notified of their status within two weeks of the final interviews.

DPT Program Costs

Tuition is charged as a flat rate per semester fee and is not based on credit hours. The 2018 tuition is $9,382 per semester, which includes the mandatory campus fees, for a total of 9 semesters.  There will be additional costs for textbooks, campus parking permits, background checks, living expenses, major medical health insurance (required during clinical experiences), and travel to clinical sites that are the students' responsibility.  Non-resident students pay the same fees, plus an additional $396 per unit.  The minimum required units for the 3 year program is 105 units.

Tuition and campus fees are subject to change.  For a detail listing of all tuition and campus fees visit the Bursar's Office website at 

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 appeal to the Department of Physical Therapy’s Admissions Committee in writing within 2 weeks of receiving a 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 ranking.  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 MS6020
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA  95819

DPT Program Overview

Applicants should be aware that all physical therapist professional education programs in the U.S. are subject to accreditation "standards that assure quality and continuous improvement in the entry-level preparation of physical therapists, and reflect the evolving nature of education, research, and practice." While the Education Section of APTA recognizes that there are proprietary organizations that rank physical therapist education programs, the profession encourages prospective students to provide their own comparisons through careful examination of information on program and APTA websites, and visits to the campuses to talk with enrolled students and program faculty.

Admission into programs leading to licensure does not guarantee that students will obtain a license. Requirements for Physical Therapy licensure are set by each individual state agency charged with licensing physical therapist practitioners, and are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure requirements in those states in which they intend to seek licensure. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure requirements. Information concerning licensure requirements in physical therapy are available from the individual licensing agency in the state of interest (for California, it is the Physical Therapy Board of California, Department of Consumer Affairs).


Prerequisite Courses

Approved Prerequisite Courses

PT Program Essential Functions and Technical Standards

Tuition and Fees

DPT Curriculum