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Department of Physical Therapy

Congratulations to our

1st Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduates!

CSULB DPT Class of 2015

The CSULB DPT Class of 2015

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

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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 1st time pass rate CSULB Ultimate pass rate (one or more attempts)
Class of 2010 83% 87% 100%
Class of 2011 97% 89% 100%
Class of 2012 96% 88% 100%
Class of 2013 95% 90% 100%
*From  Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website
    • 2014: Students have not yet completed the MPT program.

Graduation and Employment Rate:

Graduation and Employment
Outcome 2010 2011 2012 2013
Graduation Rate* 86% 89% 96% 95%
Employment rate** 100% 100% 100% 100%
*Graduation rate is the percentage of students enrolled in the DPT program who complete the program within 150% of the time normally expected for completion. 
**Employment rate is the percentage of graduates employed a physical therapists 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 MPT program and DPT program at CSULB is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

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.


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  • Important Advisement Session Announcement

  • The Advisement Session originally scheduled for Friday, August 7th at 9:00am has been changed to Friday, August 14th at 9:00am

  • Students in the DPT Classes of 2016 and 2017 get together during a break at the Special Olympics Summer Games held in June, 2015. Special Olympics Summer Games 2015
  • Congratuations to CSULB DPT's for getting 2nd Place in the Student Bowl competition at the CPTA Student Conclave at CSU Sacramento on April 11-12th.
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  • Congratulations go out to Dr. Jody Cormack, PT, DPT, MS Ed, NCS who received the Neurology Section's Award of Service at the Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis in February, 2015. Dr. Cormack as served the Neurology Section in several different capacities such as the sections Secretary and chairperson of several SIG's over a 17 year span.
  • We are proud to recognize our alumni who were newly certified as Clinical Specialist at the Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis in February, 2015:
    • Diron Reese Cassidy, PT, MPT, GCS; Class of 2000
    • Jeremy Brown, PT, MPT, OCS; Class of 2010
    • Brian Kim, PT, MPT, OCS; Class of 2009
    • Lisa Warner, PT, MPT, PCS; Class of 2003
    • Casey Brewer, PT, MPT, OCS, SCS; Class of 2009
  • Faculty member, Kay Cerny, PhD, PT, former Department of Physical Therapy Chair,  was awarded the Royce Noland Award of Merit, the highest honor of the California Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) at the CPTA annual conference in October, 2014, in Oakland, CA..  The award is in recognition of exceptional service and achievement by an individual to the profession of Physical Therapy.

CPTA 2014 

  • Bill O'Grady, BSPT CSULB, 1972, is nationally recognized for his expertise in the conservative management of pelvic and spinal disorders and has received many awards for his service to orthopaedic and manual therapy associations. Bill received the 2014 Catherine Worthingham Fellowship from APTA, the 2014 Paris Distinguished Service Award from the Orthopaedic Section, APTA, and the 2004 John McMennell Service Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. He will present Advanced Manipulative Therapy for the Spine and Extremities for the USC spine rehabilitation fellowship program.
  • Coury and Buehler Physical Therapy named winner of ADVANCEs 2013 Practice of the Year Award, a national award for physical therapy practices. The practice is co-owned by Richard Coury and CSULB MPT graduate Brandon Buehler.
  • CSULB PT graduate, Silverton Nguyen, receives CPTA "Rising Star Award".

PT @ the Beach The CSULB Physical Therapy Faculty Practice opened its doors on September 9th, 2013.

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