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.
35 students were accepted into the DPT class of 2019 and were admitted in Summer of 2016. The average cumulative GPA for accepted students was 3.66. The average prerequisite GPA for accepted students was 3.73.
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 along with minimum scores of 150 in both the Verbal and Quantitative portions of the General Aptitude Section of the GRE is strongly 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 usually in early July 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 1st of the year prior to admission to January 15th of the year of 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.
The prospective student's application is scored on the CSULB DPT Application Rubric. Scores are given for each of the following areas:
Experience hours and sites
Letters of Recommendation
The scores for each area are then added up to give the applicant an overall score. That score will then determine if the applicant is accepted to the program or is placed on the Wait-List.
Information regarding the weighting of each of the above areas will not be given.
Wait-LIst Tier System
Currently all qualified applicants who are not initially sent an acceptance letter will be placed on the Wait List. The Wait List will consist of three tiers based upon scoring from the admissions rubric.
High-Tier: the top 1/3 of the qualified applicants based upon their rubric score. The number of actual applicants in this tier will vary based upon the overall number of qualified applicants on the wait list. Traditionally students that have made it off of the wait list to receiving an acceptance letter have come from the top 1/3 of our qualified applicants.
Middle-Tier: the middle 1/3 of the qualified applicants based upon their rubric score. Applicants in this tier may have a small chance of receiving an acceptance letter but it would only be after we have gone through the entire High-Tier group and will be dependent upon the overall number of qualified applicants on the wait list.
Low-Tier: the lower 1/3 of the qualified applicants based upon their rubric score. Applicants in this tier, while qualified, historically have not received an acceptance letter into our program.
The admissions committee will notify those qualified applicants as to which tier they are on. This will allow the qualified applicant a better understanding of their chances of being admitted into our program. We will not notify a qualified applicant where they are (ranking-wise) on the wait list or in their tier.
CSULB “Veterans Benefit”
In a gesture of gratitude to those applicants who have served in the U.S. Military (Veteran, Reservist, and/or National Guardsman), those applicants will receive additional consideration for admission.
Required after acceptance
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.