Admission to the DPT Program
California State University, Long Beach offers an entry-level physical therapy professional curriculum that leads to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.The first DPT class began studies in June, 2012.
38 students were accepted into the DPT class of 2017 and were admitted in summer, 2014. The average cumulative GPA for accepted students was 3.53. The average prerequisite GPA for accepted students was 3.65.
The DPT Program at CSULB is a full-time, 3 year program. Each year consists of three semesters: Summer, Fall and Spring. Tuition and fees are $25,692 per year.
Assistance in preparing to apply to the DPT program
The DPT Program strongly encourages you to attend one of the general advising sessions. The session is approximately 60-90 minutes and is geared to the prospective student. The information will address questions that students commonly have. There will also be some time for one-on-one questions and a brief tour of the Department. Click on Advisement Sessions for dates for upcoming sessions.
To prepare for application into the program the prospective student must follow an undergraduate program which includes appropriate physical, biological, and behavioral science prerequisite courses before applying to the program. Click on Prerequisite Courses for a list of classes.
A minimum score of 4.0 on the Analytical Writing portion of the General Aptitude Section of the GRE is recommended.
The DPT Program at CSULB utilizes two different applications:
The DPT Program at CSULB participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants applying to the DPT Program will apply online using the PTCAS application. The PTCAS application open filing period begins July 1st and closes November 1st of the year prior to admission. The DPT Program at CSULB beings the following summer semester. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS web site.
Applicants must also simultaneously apply to CSULB by submitting a completed CSU Post baccalaureate and Graduate Admissions Form available through CSUMentor or one can be obtained by contacting the University's Office of Enrollment Services, Brotman Hall 101, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840. The University application filing period is from October 1 to December 1 of the year prior to admission. To learn more about the CSUMentor application process, please visit the CSUMentor web site.
Application to the University is a separate process than application to the Physical Therapy program. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Physical Therapy Program and admission to the Physical Therapy Program is contingent upon being accepted by the University. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services for University application information and requirements for acceptance to the University.
Submit official GRE scores and transcripts from all colleges and universities directly to both PTCAS and to the CSULB Office of Enrollment Services Brotman Hall 101, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840.
Do not send GRE scores or transcripts to the Department of Physical Therapy.
Acceptance into the DPT Program
When an applicant is approved by the PT Department, the PT Department will notify the Office of Enrollment Services . If the applicant has applied to CSULB and meets the University's minimum requirements, the applicant will then be admitted by the University and accepted into the DPT program.
Required after acceptance
After acceptance to the program, applicants must send a copy of adult CPR certification and a health statement from a physician to the department.
All students accepted into the program must attest that they can perform the essential functions required of physical therapy education and clinical practice outlined in the department's Essential Functions document.
In addition, technical literacy in word processing, use of spreadsheets and slide presentation programs (e.g.powerpoint) is expected.