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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Physical Therapy
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Department of Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy curriculum is designed to prepare entry-level physical therapists to become an integral part of the medical rehabilitation team. Successful completion of the degree requirements and clinical internships qualifies one to write the State of California licensing examination to practice as a physical therapist.

The program is within the



To prepare entry-level physical therapists who demonstrate exemplary critical thinking and clinical skills and are able to address the societal needs of a diverse community while adhering to the evolving professional standards of practice.


To graduate clinical doctorate physical therapists who are highly-valued professionals who practice autonomously in a highly diverse community.  Graduates will provide care in consideration of scientific evidence and will assume social responsibility in their communities.

National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) Pass Rates

CSULB cohort CSULB 1st time pass rate National average for 1st time pass rate CSULB Ultimate pass rate (one or more attempts)
Class of 2012 96% 88% 100%
Class of 2013 95% 90% 100%
Class of 2014 100% 91% 100%
Class of 2015 100% 93% 100%
*From Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website


Graduation and Employment Rate

Outcome 2012 2013 2014 2015
Graduation Rate* 100% 100% 94% 100%
Employment Rate** 100% 100% 100% 100%
*Graduation Rate is the percentage of the students enrolled in the DPT Program who completed the program within 150% of the time normally expected for complettion.
**Employment Rate is the percentage of graduates employed as a Physical Therapist within 6 months after passing the licensure examination.


DPT Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate comprehension of the foundational, behavioral and clinical sciences for application to the physical therapy clinical setting.
2. Demonstrate skills necessary for entry-level doctoral practice.
3. Apply principles of critical thinking and evidence based practice to clinical decision making.
4. Communicate in a professional manner to a diverse population in clinical settings.
5. Apply ethical and legal standards of practice to patient care.


California State University, Long Beach is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The DPT program at CSULB is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone 703- 706-3245; email:; website:

CAPTE has “standards that assure quality and continuous improvement in the entry-level preparation of physical therapists, and reflect the evolving nature of education, research, and practice."

Last CAPTE review: 2012: re-accredited for 10 years (the maximum).

School Ranking

While the Academic Council of the APTA recognizes that there are proprietary organizations that rank physical therapist education programs, the profession encourages prospective students to provide their own comparisons through careful examination of information on program and APTA websites, and visits to the campuses to talk with enrolled students and program faculty.


Classes of 2016 2017 and 2018