2019-20 Applicants

California State University, Fresno


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...

Ashley Hart, MPA
DPT Admissions Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Fresno
5315 N. Campus Drive, M/S PT29
Fresno CA, 93740
(559) 278-2625
(559) 278-2633
ahart@csufresno.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/20/2020
Additional information about the class profile
If you have (1) fulfilled the minimum admission requirements and (2) you graduated high school from one of the following counties; Fresno, Tulare, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, Kern, Tuolumne, Mariposa, or Kings, you will be invited for an interview.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
34
Anticipated size of next entering class
34
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
91%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
9%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
25%
% Female
75%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
7%
% Asian
41%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
31%
% Two or More Races
15%
% Declining to State
6%

Program Description more...

California State University, Fresno has a well-established and respected Doctoral program in physical therapy. The Physical Therapy faculty members are an outstanding group of educators devoted to their student learning and the profession of Physical Therapy. Collectively, they are a professionally and personally diverse group with expertise in geriatrics, pediatrics, neurophysiology and neuro-rehab, clinical orthopedics, manual therapy, anatomy, exercise science, biomechanics, motor learning, and motor control, electrophysiology, and women’s health. The faculty members have vast clinical expertise in all major areas of practice. The majority of faculty conducts research on an on-going basis and routinely present and publish work in collaboration with our students.

Students attending Fresno State will have an opportunity to work with faculty members in diverse research and clinical environments, including fall reduction in the older adult, balance and gait, stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation, use of technology in neuro-rehab, shoulder injuries and intervention for high school swimmers, electrical stimulation, osteoporosis, pre and post-concussion testing and intervention, biomechanics research in obese children, infant movement analysis, effects of language barriers on outcome measures in physical therapy, and gait training in Parkinson's disease.

Department classrooms and laboratories include state-of-the-art equipment to support both teaching and research, including three research laboratories: the Gait Analysis Movement Evaluation (GAME) laboratory; Pediatric Motor Control Research laboratory; and the Neuroscience Research laboratory as an extension of our Gait, Balance, and Mobility Research and Education Center (GBMC). The GBMC is one of two on-campus clinics that provide a unique opportunity for our graduate PT students to integrate classroom learning into patient care very early on in the curriculum. The GAME lab is currently equipped to do biomechanical research with technology that includes 3-D movement analysis, force production and measurement of muscle activity. Students and faculty can measure gait and movement using our Zeno Walkway by Protokinetics or the use of accelerometers. The lab is also equipped with an instrumented treadmill system, as well as equipment for cardiopulmonary and exercise physiology testing. The Neuroscience Research lab is equipped with state-of-the-art dynamic posturography systems including both the Balance Master by NeuroCom International, Inc and the new Bertec Balance Advantage System. In addition to testing, the Bertec system also offers a unique intervention for people with balance impairments using virtual reality. Students also have the opportunity to treat using functional electrical stimulation as a restorative therapy for people with loss of mobility. And, most recently we received the Galileo, a whole body vibration training device for use in our GBMC and for research.

The GBMC also has both adult and pediatric treadmill systems with overhead harnesses as well as the Bertec static forceplate systems for balance testing and training. The GBMC is a unique learning environment where students are exposed to cutting-edge treatment techniques and research, as well as an opportunity to treat clients with complex neurological conditions.

Faculty also have access to our college’s high-fidelity patient simulation laboratory where students are exposed to computerized manikins that simulate real-life scenarios for teaching. Another unique feature at Fresno State is the opportunity to work in an interprofessional team with Nursing, Kinesiology, and Pharmacy students during a community-based fall prevention program. Other service learning opportunities such as participating in adaptive sports, attending our Amputee Clinic or developing wellness programs in the community are available throughout the curriculum.

In addition to our GBMC on-site clinic, we have the Musculoskeletal Care Clinic where students begin as early as the first year to receive hands-on opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom in an orthopedic and sports medicine patient population. The program also has a human cadaver laboratory with an overhead dissecting camera system. In Fall 2015 the Department made its new home in a state-of-the-art new building, which expanded facilities to include two additional large teaching laboratories, as well as new faculty /staff offices, and student/faculty conference spaces with lockers.

The faculty are dedicated educators and highly accessible. In addition to the ten full-time physical therapist faculty members, many other professionals contribute to the Program including physicians, physical therapists, and other health care professionals. The curriculum is contemporary and innovative. Students learn in small class sizes in well-equipped classroom facilities. We are very fortunate to have a community that is supportive of this program achieving its mission with our students.

The aim of the DPT program at Fresno State is to create a preeminent center of learning and discovery in physical therapy at the clinical doctoral level to prepare physical therapists to meet new health care demands. To achieve this, the curriculum is designed over 3 years including summers. Students enter the program as a cohort with courses offered once a year. The program requires a total of 110 units with students maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program. Students accepted in the DPT are required to complete a Medical Terminology course the summer prior. The DPT program requires passing all coursework, a qualifying exam at the end of the second year, satisfactory completion of 30 weeks of full-time clinical externships, and successful completion of a culminating DPT project with an oral presentation during their third year in lieu of the dissertation. Students are eligible to take the national licensing examination only after the successful completion of the DPT program. Throughout the curriculum, there is a strong emphasis on an evidence-based clinical approach to patient care. Students will learn to be consumers of literature and know how to critique research evidence as it applies to patient care. Learning activities will center on active student involvement through clinical coursework, case studies, clinical investigations, literature critiques, and patient interaction and care.

Application Deadlines

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

1. Fall 2020 Fresno State DPT Application Instructions [Please read on Fresno State website]:

http://www.fresnostate.edu/chhs/physical-therapy/prospective-students/app-instructions.html

2. Cal State Apply Graduate Online Application [Complete by January 15, 2020]: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply?

Timeline for Fresno State DPT Application Process

July 2019: PTCAS Applications Open

September 15, 2019: Last Accepted GRE Test Date.  GRE tests taken after this date will not be accepted. 

October 1, 2019: Fresno State PTCAS Applications Due: Observation Hours must be completed prior to the deadline and verified by the deadline.  Letters of Recommendation and GRE scores must be submitted to PTCAS by the application deadline.  

July-December 2019: Application Review Period: All applicants, whose application is verified by PTCAS, can expect to receive an email application acknowledgment within 4-5 weeks of application submission or deadline, whichever occurs first by the applicant.

*Please note that if an applicant does not receive an email application acknowledgment by early December, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the Physical Therapy Department. Late acknowledgment from the applicant will not be reviewed. No exceptions!

Mid-December 2019: Interview Decisions will be emailed through PTCAS

December 2019-January 2020: Applicants Update Fall 2019 Course Grades through PTCAS Academic Update, Send official transcripts to PTCAS

January 15, 2020: CSU Mentor Application Deadline.  Send all transcripts and GRE scores to Fresno State Graduate Admissions. 

January/February 2020: Interview and Visitation Day will be scheduled, see Fresno State website for specific date


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00
Deposit Refundable?
No

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A minimum 3.0 GPA for on all undergraduate coursework is required. The undergraduate cumulative GPA is calculated by PTCAS (not the institution where you received your bachelor's degree) and includes failed and repeated courses, even if they are later repeated for a higher grade or excluded from the GPA on the transcript. See PTCAS for more information on how the undergraduate cumulative GPA is calculated. http://www.ptcas.org/GPA/

Applicants must receive a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course and maintain a total prerequisite GPA of 3.0, both at the time of application and after Fall 2019 grades are submitted. AP credit, CR/NC grades, international, or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade. No course may be repeated more than one (1) time and no more than three (3) prerequisite courses may be repeated. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Fall 2019 semester. Prerequisites planned for Spring 2020 are not accepted. Coursework older than 7 years is not accepted. If you need to retake a course because it is over 7 years old, it does not count as a repeated course. For the current application cycle for admission for Fall 2020, courses taken in 2012 are accepted, while courses taken in 2011 are NOT accepted.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7798
University GRE code
4312
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/15/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
09/15/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
155
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
155
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.5
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants must take the GRE General Test. Applicants must arrange for ETS to send official GRE scores to 7798 (PTCAS code for Fresno State PT program) by the application deadline of 10/01/2019.

For the Cal State Apply Application, you will need to submit an additional set of official GRE scores directly to Fresno State Graduate Admissions (GRE Code 4312), with a deadline of 1/15/2020. However, this is not necessary until you are offered an interview.

There is currently no minimum GRE score required to apply.

Observation Hours

 
Provide evidence of knowledge of physical therapy through employment, volunteer work, or observation in a physical therapy department for a minimum of 100 hours. A minimum of 20 hours must be in a general inpatient setting; 80 hours may be in another area of practice such as outpatient, home health, or additional inpatient. All observation hours must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and are required to be verified through PTCAS.

Verification of all hours must be completed by the application deadline of 10/1/2019. Hours completed after the application deadline will not be considered.

All hours must be reported separately by each verifying physical therapist and not in a combined form. If you are using the paper option, the PTCAS form for observation hours is required. A log of volunteer hours is not accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to have their PT observation hours verified electronically through PTCAS at the time they apply, rather than use a paper form. Non-PTCAS forms and logs of hours are not accepted.

Link to PTCAS Observation Hours Paper Form: Download from Fresno State Website.
http://www.fresnostate.edu/chhs/physical-therapy/prospective-students/app-requirements.html
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
100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
09/30/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

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
Cal State Apply Graduate Online Application [Complete by January 15, 2020]: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
If you have one of more prerequisite courses taken out of state (Non-CA), see the document upload instructions on our application.
Supplemental Requirements
All Transcripts Sent to Fresno State Graduate Admissions (in addition to PTCAS)- Through Cal State Apply, Official GRE Scores Sent to Fresno State Graduate Admissions (in addition to PTCAS)- Through Cal State Apply,
Deadline for supplemental materials
2020-01-15
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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
Arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation (LORs) to be sent to PTCAS on your behalf; (2) two must be from licensed physical therapists and (1) one must be from a non-physical therapy professor who taught you in a course.

Fresno State Physical Therapy Department faculty reference letters are NOT accepted.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
International students cannot be admitted to the DPT program prior to coming to the United States for several reasons:

(1) the application for the DPT program requires completion of 9 prerequisite courses [with a C or above] to be taken at a U.S. institution,

(2) the required 100 contact hours with a licensed physical therapist must be in the United States including 20 in-patient hours, and

(3) the applicant must be available in the spring semester prior to fall semester admission for an interview.

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
In-progress and planned Winter or Spring prerequisite courses will not be allowed. Additionally, applicants can only have 2 prerequisite courses in progress during the fall term in which they are applying. All 9 prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall term in which the PTCAS application is submitted (December 2019). Applicants with prerequisite courses planned for Spring 2020 will have an incomplete application and not be considered for admission.

All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade. AP credit, CR/NC grades, or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. No course may be repeated more than one (1) time and only 3 repeated courses can be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA. Coursework older than 7 years is not accepted and is required to be retaken, but does not count as a repeated course.

Out of State Prerequisite Course Equivalency (Optional): If you have one or more prerequisite courses taken out of state (non-CA), see the document upload directions for CSU-Fresno on the "Program Materials" section of the 2019-2020 PTCAS application.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Varies
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Anatomy
Human Anatomy lecture and lab. Lab must be in-person. *A&P I & A&P II accepted if part of a year-long sequence*. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
A year sequence of college level chemistry with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters) is required. Introductory chemistry courses are not accepted. Lab must be in-person. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
A year sequence of college level chemistry with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters) is required. Introductory chemistry courses are not accepted. Lab must be in-person. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
A year sequence of college physics with labs including mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity. Overall Physics requirement: (2 Semesters or 3 quarters). Lab must be in-person. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
A year sequence of college physics with labs including mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity. Overall Physics requirement: (2 semesters or 3 quarters). Lab must be in-person. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Human Physiology lecture and lab. Lab must be in-person. *A&P I & A&P II accepted if part of a year-long sequence*. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
Psychology
Abnormal Psychology or Psychological Aspects of Disability. Online courses accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology
General, Introductory, Developmental, or Lifespan Psychology. Online courses accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Statistics course covering elementary probability models, sampling, descriptive measures, confidence intervals, testing hypotheses, chi-square, nonparametric methods, and regression. Online course accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics