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Physical Therapy

College of Health and Human Services

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Physical Therapy - PT Programs

**The correct information below differs from the print version of the CSULB Catalog. Biology 441 is a proper course listing for the Biological Sciences track of the PT_MT01 program prerequisites, replacing the incorrect BIOL 411. (3/19/2010)**

Master of Physical Therapy (code PT__MT01)

The Master of Physical Therapy program is designed to provide entry-level professional preparation to become a physical therapist. The curriculum consists of 60-units of course work preceded by a year of upper division prerequisite courses offered at the University. Applicants to the program must have a Bachelor's degree and have completed specific lower division prerequisite course work. Following didactic course work, students complete a 24-week internship required for state licensure. Graduates will be prepared to assume responsible, evidence-based clinical practice in a broad spectrum of physical therapy settings and to respond to the changing expectations of an expanding body of knowledge in physical therapy.


Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum of “C” and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in upper division prerequisites. The Master of Physical Therapy program requires completion of all prerequisite and professional course work described in the following:

Program Prerequisites

  • Natural Sciences: CHEM 111A, 111B, PHYS 100A, 100B
  • Biological Sciences: BIOL 208, 111, 111L, 212, 212L and either 207 or 213, 213L for a total of 12 units, BIOL 341, 441, HHS 401, 402, 403, 460, 471
  • Biostatistics: BIOL 260 preferred
  • Behavioral Sciences: PSY 100, HHS 374

MPT Core Requirements

  • Core: PT 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 513, 515, 522, 523, 524, 574, 604, 605, 607, 608, 620, 622, 674, 696, 697 or 698
  • Electives: PT 590, 611-619 (2 units)

Admission to the Master of Physical Therapy Program

The physical therapy masters program is open to all college graduates who have met prerequisite requirements and demonstrate academic promise and ability to perform at a satisfactory level during their graduate studies. Application deadline is January 15 for fall admission.

To be considered for acceptance into the graduate program, the applicant must:

  1. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum of “C” and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all upper-division prerequisite coursework;
  2. Hold, or be eligible to hold, an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by an appropriate campus authority;
  3. Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  4. Submit results of the General Aptitude Section of the Graduate Record Examination (quantitative, verbal, and analytical), taken within the past 5 years;
  5. Provide academic and personal references as required;
  6. Provide documentation of personal experience in a variety of physical therapy settings; and
  7. Be recommended by the physical therapy faculty.
  8. All candidates whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competency in English. Refer to the CSULB Bulletin for requirements for completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The master's degree program is a 60-unit, four semester plus one summer session, full-time course of study followed by an internship of 12 units. The course of study is most appropriate for graduates with degrees in related fields but does not exclude the person holding a baccalaureate degree in physical therapy. Course work is designed for entry-level professional study.

Advancement to Candidacy Requirements

  1. Classified graduate student status.
  2. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  3. A minimum 3.0 grade-point average in all program graduate work as well as a minimum overall 3.0 in all graduate work attempted.
  4. Be recommended by a faculty sponsor.
  5. Enrollment in regular session.
  6. Satisfactory completion of at least one semester of the program.

Requirements for Admittance to Clinical Practice

  1. Complete all requirements for the master's at the time of application to clinical practice.
  2. Successfully complete either (a) a research thesis or project (PT 698) or (b) directed studies (PT 697) under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
  3. If choice b (above) is selected (PT 697) the student must also successfully complete a program comprehensive examination.

Postgraduate Physical Therapy Internship Certificate (code PT__CT01)


12 units of PT 525, 526 and/or 527 (must be completed to be eligible to take the state examination for licensure).