2019-20 Applicants

California State University, Sacramento


Contact Information more...

Jerri McAtee
Admissions Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street - M/S 6020
Sacramento CA, 95819
(916) 278-6661
(916) 278-6426
mcateejj@csus.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Additional information about the class profile

Social networking
Facebook Page for Graduate Admissions Office
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
32
Anticipated size of next entering class
32
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
100%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
0%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
0%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
0%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
14%
% Female
18%
% Declining to State
0%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
1%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0%
% Asian
2%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
1%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
18%
% Two or More Races
9%
% Declining to State
1%

Program Description more...

About Our Program

The Department of Physical Therapy at Sacramento State was established in 1995 to prepare health care practitioners to serve the community and region. Since its inception, the Physical Therapy Department has been dedicated to the success and professional development of all students so that they are prepared to provide excellent care to the diverse communities they serve. Over the years, Sacramento State’s physical therapy graduates have been destined for jobs in their choice of practice setting. The Sacramento State program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and graduates are eligible to take the national licensure examination. Our graduates from the last three years have an overall passing rate of 100% on that examination, and 100% of new graduates responding to our 6-month survey report working at sites such as hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities or schools.

Application Deadlines

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

July 3, 2019

* PTCAS 2019-20 Application Cycle Opens

September 15, 2019

* Deadline to take the GRE General Test

October 1, 2019

* Deadline to submit PTCAS Application

Mid-December 2019

* Interview notifications sent to all applicants

January 25, 2020

* On campus interviews for invited applicants


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?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
The interviews are scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2020.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.81
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the start of the program with a "C" grade or higher. A minimum 3.00 GPA is required in all of the prerequisites to be eligible to apply. Grades from any and all courses taken to fulfill each prerequisite will be considered. If a course is repeated once to fulfill a prerequisite requirement, the higher course grade will be used. If a course is repeated twice, the grades from each of the three courses will be averaged. If a course is repeated three times to complete one required prerequisite, then the applicant will not be eligible to apply.

A course is considered a “repeat” even if it is taken at a different university, or has a different course number at the same university. Applicants can request to have courses completed prior to 2009 exempt from their grade averaging requirements, and/or the prerequisite GPA calculation.

Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology/Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology cannot be any older than 10 years at the time of application.

Advanced anatomy can be substituted for the basic anatomy prerequisite if it is to your advantage to do so. However, if advanced anatomy is used for the basic anatomy prerequisite, no additional admission points can be earned for taking advanced anatomy.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7588
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
Quantitative reasoning % score
29%
 
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
GRE results taken within the last five years are sent directly to PTCAS using the GRE code 7588. The last date to take the GRE is September 15th prior to submitting your PTCAS application.

The minimum required GRE scores are 3.5 for the Analytical, and 29th percentile for the Quantitative.

There is no minimum threshold for Verbal Reasoning.

Observation Hours

 
Applicants must complete and verify on PTCAS a minimum 100 total hours of observation/work/volunteer experience in at least two different physical therapy settings - one outpatient setting, and one inpatient setting - under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Each setting must have a minimum of 25 hours of exposure. For example, 75 hours in an Outpatient type (i.e. Outpatient clinic setting), and 25 hours in an Inpatient type facility (i.e. SNF setting) would fulfill this requirement.

All 100 PT experience hours must be "COMPLETED" and verified by the October 1, 2019 deadline date. "PLANNED" hours will not be considered.
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
Description of supplemental requirements
Sacramento State requires all applicants the DPT Supplemental Prerequisite Worksheet. This worksheet can be found on our website at https://www.csus.edu/hhs/pt/admissions/supplemental_worksheet.html and must be uploaded to your PTCAS application by the October 1, 2019 deadline.

Cal State Apply Application. Only applicants invited to an interview will be required to submit the Cal State Apply application and pay the $55.00 fee.
Supplemental Requirements
DPT Supplemental Prerequisite Worksheet
Cal State Apply Application (only applicants that are invited to interview are required to submit the Cal State Apply application)
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
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
Applicants must arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to PTCAS.

All three letters must be received by the deadline date.

Two letters of recommendation must be completed by physical therapists licensed in the U.S. or Canada, who have worked with the applicant in a physical therapy setting. The supervision needs to have occurred when the applicant was either a volunteer or an employee at the clinic.

The third letter of recommendation must be provided by a college professor (either major or non-major) who has been an instructor of the applicant.

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
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Contact the CSU Sacramento Office of Global Education at 916-278-6686 for information regarding transcript evaluation requirements by the university. Send transcripts and transcript evaluations to the Office of Graduate Studies at CSU, Sacramento by December 31, 2019.

DOMESTIC students applying with transcripts from outside the U.S. should carefully review instructions at www.csus.edu/ogeinternational-admissions/ and submit their Cal State Apply Admissions application by December 31, 2019.

FOREIGN applicants must have at least 8 units of prerequisite coursework completed prior to December 31, 2019 at a US accredited institution. Applicants who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a post secondary institution where English is the principal language must demonstrate competence 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). Foreign applicants must complete their observation hours in US physical therapy clinics.

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
Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better. A "C-" grade is not acceptable. Applicants may have up to 4 prerequisite courses in-progress or pending, when they submit their application. At least 2 of the these courses must be completed by the end of the fall semester, and the remaining 2 courses to be completed the following spring. Courses must be completed at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 GPA.

The Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology courses must have been completed within the past 10 years.
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Human Anatomy with Lab. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Introductory Chemistry is not acceptable
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
General Chemistry II Introductory Chemistry is not acceptable
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology - Upper Division ONLY. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Kinesiology or Biomechanics
Kinesiology or Biomechanics Upper Division ONLY. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
Physics I
Physics I with Lab
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics II with Lab
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Human Physiology with Lab. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
Psychology
Introductory Psychology
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
Statistics
Statistics - that covers basic concepts of descriptive statistics, probability and sampling.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics