Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline

Submit your PTCAS application with your DPT Supplemental Prerequisite Worksheet by the October 1, 2018 deadline.
Reporting Codes

GRE Code: 7588
TOEFL Code: 5312

Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is highly competitive.  To be considered for admission applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree:  Attain a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment in the program.
  • GRE:  Taken within the last five years with a minimum analytical score of 3.5, and a minimum quantitative score of 29th percentile.  Have your GRE score report sent to Sacramento State reporting code 7588.
  • TOEFL:  Applicants who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language must demonstrate competency in English by scoring a minimum of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Submit those scores with your PTCAS Application and CAL STATE APPLY.
  • Prerequisites:  Complete prerequisite coursework with a minimum 3.00 GPA.  Applicants may have up to 4 prerequisite courses to complete when they submit their application.  They must complete at least 2 of the outstanding prerequisites by the end of fall semester, and the remaining 2 courses to be completed in the following Spring and/or Summer semester (a maximum of 1 of the remaining courses may be completed during the summer).
  • Observations Hours:  Complete a minimum 100 total hours of volunteer/work experience under the direction of a licensed physical therapist.  A minimum of 25 hours are required in an inpatient setting, and a minimum of 25 hours are required in an outpatient setting.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Submit three letters of recommendation, two from licensed physical therapists, and one from a college professor.

Applications that are incomplete or do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered for review.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Human Anatomy with Lab;  1 semester (4 units)
  • Human Physiology with Lab; 1 semester (4 units)
  • Psychology; 2 semesters (6 units); 3 units general, 3 units additional
  • Statistics; 1 semester (3 units)
  • Chemistry; 2 semesters (8-10 units)
  • Physics; 2 semesters (8 units)
  • Biomechanics or Kinesiology (upper division only);  1 semester (3 units)
  • Exercise Physiology (upper division only); 1 semester (3 units)

Applicants with Foreign Documents

Applicants applying with transcripts from outside the U.S. must complete at least 8 units of prerequisite course work by the end of the Fall semester prior to application submission.  In addition to applying to PTCAS, applicants with foreign transcripts must apply to the University and submit their transcripts by October 1st to allow for verification time. Information about companies that provide services for assessment of foreign transcripts is available at the website for the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy at www.fccpt.org.  For additional information visit International Programs and Global Engagement at www.csus.edu/ipge.

Application Deadlines

July 5, 2018

PTCAS 2018-19 Application Cycle Opens

September 15, 2018

Deadline to take the GRE Exam

October 1, 2018

Deadline to submit PTCAS Application

Mid-December 2018

Interview notifications sent to all applicants

January/February 2019

On campus interviews for invited applicants

Late February 2019

Offers of admission until class filled

August 23, 2019

DPT New Student Orientation

August 26, 2019

First day of instruction

 

Profile of Admitted DPT Students

Class of:

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Applications Received

395

419

662

500

562

585

541

Female

20

18

23

19

17

13

 19

Male

12

14

9

13

15

19

 13

Average Age

28

27

25

25

26

24

 24

% Minority

22%

22%

38%

28%

44%

41%

34%

Prerequisite GPA

3.61

3.72

3.78

3.78

3.82

3.76

 3.81

CA Resident

100%

97%

94%

81%

84%

91%

 97%

 

Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is very competitive.  Meeting all admission requirements qualify an applicant for the program, but does not guarantee admission to the program.