2019-20 Applicants

California State University, Northridge


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Nour Elauri
Admissions Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Northridge
Jacaranda Hall RM 1537
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge CA, 91330-8411
(818) 677-2203
PT@csun.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Program DOES NOT give any preference to IN-STATE or OUT-OF-STATE applicants or applicants who are currently enrolled within the university.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
32
Anticipated size of next entering class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
97%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
3%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
66%
% Female
34%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
6%
% Asian
19%
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
8%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
38%
% Two or More Races
13%
% Declining to State
6%

Program Description more...

Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Northridge offering an entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree. CSUN's Physical Therapy program is proud of its over forty-five year history of graduating outstanding Physical Therapists who serve the public in the State of California and throughout the United States. CSUN's PT program has maintained accreditation throughout its history. We have continued accreditation and recently were revisited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education for review. Our Graduation Rate is 91% and an average of 99% pass rate on the Board Exam. One hundred percent of our students are employed within 6 months.

Physical therapists are licensed medical professionals who provide services aimed at preventing the onset and/or slowing the progression of conditions resulting from injury, disease, and other causes. There are more than 120,000 licensed physical therapists in the US practicing in a variety of settings.

Our full time, 3 year program begins in the Fall (late August) of each year; we only accept students in the Fall. Acceptance into the DPT program requires a Bachelor's Degree prior to beginning the first semester of courses. The Bachelor's Degree may be in any field (except Physical Therapy) and from any accredited college or university, as long as the other CSUN admissions requirements are fulfilled. Students should select and complete a major in which they have an interest and in which they can also make progress in completing the prerequisite courses for Physical Therapy. A Master’s degree is not required to apply.

Please explore our website at www.csun.edu/health-human-development/physical-therapy for detailed information about our program, including the list of our DPT curriculum on our PT Department Brochure. You should plan to attend one of the regularly scheduled Group Advisement Sessions (Please see Group Advisement Schedule on our webpage). The PTCAS essay is not required for our program but may be reviewed if submitted. Interviews are not conducted as part of the Admissions process.

Although CSUN does not have an interview process, all forms of communications with the department, including emails and phone calls, will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications, regardless of status.

Qualities of interest: Professionalism, Competence, Good Attitude, Well-Mannered, etc.

Thank you for your interest in the Program. We look forward to hearing from you!

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

  • Firm Application Deadline: October 1, 2019

  • Application updates made after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Although CSUN does not have an interview process, all forms of communications with the department, including emails and phone calls, will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications, regardless of status. 

  • Qualities of interest: Professionalism, Competence, Good Attitude, Well-Mannered, etc. 

  • To receive a campus tour, please attend one of our scheduled Group Advisement Sessions

  • https://www.csun.edu/health-human-development/physical-therapy/advisement? 

  • All observations hours must be verified by a licensed physical therapist. Hours verified by volunteer services will not be accepted. 

  • All observation hours must be completed no later than October 1, 2019


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
2.77
3.72
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.89
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
* If the Undergraduate Cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, then the student must score above the 50th percentile on at least one section of the GRE in order to be eligible (University Graduate School Requirement).

* Repeating Courses is acceptable to help increase your prerequisite GPA. If you are repeating the same exact course, PTCAS will average the grades. You may take a different course in the same subject area to avoid an averaged grade. As long as the course meets our requirement description, we will accept it. For example, if you took Bio 101 and received a “C” grade, you may take Bio 106 instead since we accept any Biology course

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7794
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/27/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
09/27/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
155
Verbal reasoning % score
 
64%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
156
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
63%
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
58%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
- Applicants MUST take the GRE Revised General Test before September 27, 2019

- Submit your official GRE scores to code #7794 for the “California St U Northridge Phys Therapy”.

- Do NOT mail your GRE scores to our department directly.

- Your official scores must be received by PTCAS before the October 1st deadline. Allow enough time (between your test date and our deadline) for your scores to be processed and mailed.

GRE Requirements:
- The GRE is required for every applicant.

- A minimum 3.0 on Analytic writing portion of the GRE is required.

- If your cumulative Undergraduate GPA is under a 3.0, you must score above the 50th percentile on either the Verbal or Quantitative portion in-order to be eligible.

- GRE must be taken within 5 years (scores before 2014 will not be accepted).

Observation Hours

 
A minimum of 200 hours under a licensed Physical Therapist is required. All 200 hours must be "COMPLETED" and verified by October 1. "PLANNED" hours will not be accepted.

A licensed PT must verify your hours, this can be done with the electronic form on PTCAS. A valid PT license number must be provided.

Hours verified by a PTA or Volunteer Services will not be accepted.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
200
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$55.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
Admissions Committee will give additional instructions to selected applicants.
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
All PT references must include the license number and state in which the Physical Therapist is licensed.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
At this time CSUN is not accepting international students.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Please view our "Program Prerequisites" Sheet on our website for the prerequisite requirements.

http://www.csun.edu/health-human-development/physical-therapy

Applicants must meet all requirements in order to be eligible.

Group Advisement Sessions:
https://www.csun.edu/health-human-development/physical-therapy/advisement
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy
Any Human Anatomy with a lab is acceptable. A human cadaver lab is recommended. If Anatomy and Physiology are combined, the course must be 2 semesters (8 semester units or 10 quarter units). If only one semester of a combined course is taken it will count as only Physiology. Anatomy and/or physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in a biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
Biology / Biological Science
Any Biology course with a lab is acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Chemistry course with a lab. Introductory Chemistry courses are NOT accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry
Chemistry II
2nd Chemistry course with a lab. Introductory Chemistry courses are NOT accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry II
Physics I
Physics courses must be directed towards the science major, allied health profession, etc., and must have a lab component for consideration. Courses for non-science majors will not be considered. Algebra or Calculus based physics are acceptable. Standalone Introductory Physics courses are NOT accepted. At least 2 semester or 3 quarter courses are mandatory to meet the requirement.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
2nd Physics course with a lab. Standalone Introductory Physics courses are NOT accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
Any Human Physiology with a lab. Exercise Physiology is NOT accepted as a substitute. If Anatomy and Physiology are combined, the course must be 2 semesters (8 semester units or 10 quarter units). If only one semester of a combined course is taken it will count as only Physiology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QH: 5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
Psychology
Any Psychology course is acceptable. Kinesiology courses will not be accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
2nd Psychology course. Upper Division, Developmental or Specialized Psychology courses only. A second Introductory or General Psychology will not be accepted. Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology is highly recommended. Must be taken from the Psychology Department. Courses taken from the Kinesiology department will not satisfy our prerequisites.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Any statistics course is acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics