2019-20 Applicants

California State University, Long Beach


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...

Jeff Rodrigues PT, DPT, CCS
Director of Admissions, Department of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd ET 130
Long Beach CA, 90840-5603
(562) 985-4072
(562) 985-4072
CHHS-PT@csulb.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
05/26/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Graduates from CSULB and from other universities, who successfully meet the admission requirements, are considered for admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy. The applicants cumulative and prerequisite GPA's must both be at least 3.00 in order to apply. We strongly recommend GRE scores of at least 150 the quantitative and verbal sections and at least a score of 4.0 in the analytical section.

No preference is given to in-state or out-of-state applicants.

The size of entering cohort into the DPT program consists of 36-38 students.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
35
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
90%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
10%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
33%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed to prepare the graduate for entry-level practice as a physical therapist. Successful completion of the degree requirements and clinical internships qualifies one to sit for the National licensing examination to practice as a physical therapist.

The curriculum emphasizes an integration of foundational, behavioral and clinical sciences to produce clinicians with skills in critical thinking and clinical reasoning for evidence based practice. The full-time, 3-year program begins in summer and students will typically be in class for approximately 22 hours per week each semester, summer, fall and spring. There are a total of 36 weeks of clinical experiences which include one 12-week summer affiliation after year 2, and two 12-week internships in the final year of the program. Additional clinical exposure opportunities include a pro-bono classroom-clinic in the second year of the program which includes working directly with patients that have neurological deficits; an applied clinical decision making course that includes varying scenarios using high fidelity simulated mannequins and standardized patients; and clinical orthopedic courses allowing students to treat patients at the on campus faculty practice, PT@theBeach. A faculty-directed research project is required with the research proposal serving as the qualifying examination and the final project paper, presentation, and comprehensive examination serving as the culminating events of the didactic curriculum. The final 24 weeks of clinical affiliations are completed in winter and spring after all other requirements for graduation are completed.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
11/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Program PTCAS Application thru ptcas.org starts July 1st, 2019

Deadline: November 1, 2019

CSULB Application thru CalStateApply at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/graduate starting October 1st, 2019

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Application Fee Deadline

January 15, 2020

CSULB  Transcript/GRE Score Deadline

January 15, 2020

No personal interview conducted.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
1. Submit all required documents to PTCAS by August 15, 2019, to provide evidence of highly satisfactory completion of all requirements, which include:

- Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended,
- Three (3) references - one from Licensed PT, Professor, and Employer,
- Verification of PT hours - volunteer or paid hours, and
- GRE score using Code #7782 will send one copy to PTCAS, Code #4389 will send one copy to Enrollment Services at CSULB. You must send one copy of your GRE scores to PTCAS and Enrollment Services at CSULB.

2. CSULB application must be submitted through (https://www2.calstate.edu/Apply ) by January 15th, 2020. Official transcripts are sent directly to CSULB's Enrollment Services, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., BH 101, Long Beach, CA 90840, and GRE scores using #4389. Filing fee of $55.00.

3. All required official documents must be forwarded both to CSULB's Enrollment Services and to PTCAS before respective stated due dates.

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
3.00
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
General Science prerequisites must have been completed in the last 10 years, except Human Anatomy and Physiology must have been completed in the last 5 years at the time of application.

A minimum of 3.00 is required for cumulative and pre-requisite GPAs.

Please see our website, www.csulb.edu/pt, for more details.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7782
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
12/31/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
154
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
155
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The last recommended test date is 10/01/2019.

Observation Hours

 
* A variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences are recommended.

* A minimum of 100 hours is required but the applicant can receive credit for up to 400 hours

* A minimum of 1 site is required but the applicant can receive credit for up to 4 different sites

* Having more than 400 hours and/or 4 sites will not negatively affect the applicant's score.
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
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$55.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Applicants MUST simultaneously apply to the University through https://www2.calstate.edu/Apply, and the PT Department through PTCAS.org

* CSULB's DPT Program application dates are from October 1, 2019 ends January 15, 2020, whereas

* PTCAS application dates are from July 1, 2019 closes November 1, 2019.

Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended are sent directly to:

California State University Long Beach
Enrollment Services
1250 Bellflower Blvd., BH 101
Long Beach, CA 90840
Supplemental Requirements
CSULB's university application for Fall 2020 is submitted thru https://www2.calstate.edu/Apply with non-refundable $55 application fee.
Same personal statement submitted to PTCAS is acceptable. Please see link for any questions-http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/physical-therapy/ADMIN/FAQs.htm
Official transcripts from all Universities and Colleges attended are sent directly to CSULB's Enrollment Services, see address above.
GRE score is sent directly to CSULB's Enrollment Services using GRE Code #4389.
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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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
To fulfill program's requirement pertaining to references:

Three recommendation letters are required.
1. Licensed Physical Therapist who has observed you in a clinic setting. For example, someone who has supervised you during your experience hours.
2. Academic Source can be any of the following: Professor in major or pre-requisite course, Academic counselor, Pre-PT advisor.
3. Supervisor/Employer preferred. If not able, the third letter must be from licensed physical therapist who has supervised you during your experience hours or an academic source.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send original Canadian transcript to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Send original foreign transcripts, Canadian transcripts, and TOEFL results to the Center for International Education, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd.,BH 201, Long Beach, CA 90840.

http://www.ccpe.csulb.edu/International/about.aspx?pID=98

Non-native English speakers must earn a TOEFL score >/= 80 (computer exam) or a GRE Analytical Writing score >/=4 for admission to the University if you obtained your Bachelor's degree from a non-U.S. university.

Please note that all pre-requisite coursework must be completed in the U.S.

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
The biology, anatomy/physiology, chemistry, and physics pre-requisite courses require lecture and lab components. Only pre-requisite courses for science or allied health majors will be accepted.

Advance Placement (AP) Credit is not accepted for any pre-requisite courses.

On-line lecture courses are accepted but the lab course must be done in person.
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
If Human Anatomy and Physiology are combined, the course must be 2 semesters or 3 quarter courses. Must have lecture and laboratory components. Must be no more than five (5) years at the time of application. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
The CSULB course for General Biology I is Evolution and Diversity. Must have lecture and laboratory components. Courses must be for science, allied health, etc. majors. Courses for non-majors will not be accepted. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Evolution & Diversity
Biology II
The CSULB course for General Biology II is Cell and Molecular Biology. Must have lecture and laboratory components. Courses must be for science, allied health, etc. majors. Courses for non-majors will not be accepted. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Microbiology
Chemistry I
Must have lecture and laboratory components. Courses must be for science, allied health, etc. majors. Courses for non-majors will not be accepted. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry: General
Chemistry II
Must have lecture and laboratory components. Courses must be for science, allied health, etc. majors. Courses for non-majors will not be accepted. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
  • Chemistry: General
Physics I
Considers properties of matter, mechanics, wave motion and heat. Must have lecture and laboratory components. Courses must be for science, allied health, etc. majors. Courses for non-majors will not be accepted. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Considers electricity, light, atomic and nuclear physics. Must have lecture and laboratory components. Courses must be for science, allied health, etc. majors. Courses for non-majors will not be accepted. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
EITHER Human Physiology or Ecology is accepted. If Anatomy and Physiology are combined, the course must be 2 semesters or 3 quarter courses. Must have lecture and laboratory components. Courses must be for science, allied health, etc. majors. Courses for non-majors will not be accepted. Exercise Physiology is NOT accepted as a substitute. Must be no more than five (5) years at the time of application. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
Psychology
Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. Designed to provide the student with a basic background for further study and for practical application in everyday life. Abnormal Psychology may substitute for General Psychology. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
Statistics
Statistics for Psychology or Sociology majors are acceptable. We recommend course taken from Mathematics, Psychology, or Biology Departments but we will also accept statistics course from any major. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics
  • Sociology: Statistics