California State University, Long Beach

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CaliforniaStateUniversity, Long Beach (D5, F1, PU)


Last Updated by Program: 03/07/2005


Address:   Department of Physical Therapy

College of Health and Human Services

CaliforniaStateUniversity, Long Beach

1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA90840


Phone:   (562)985-4072 Fax:   (562)985-4069

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (562)985-4072 


Web Address:

Program E-mail:



Joyce Campbell, PT, PhD

Acting Chair



  Accreditor:   Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for SeniorColleges and Universities

  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   May 1968

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2011

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Master of Physical Therapy



The program is a four-semester MPT curriculum (60 semester units) that begins after completing two semesters of upper division/graduate pre-requisites (29 26 units). The 29 26 units, in essence, constitute the first year of a 3-year program. Students earning their undergraduate degree at CSULB are able to shorten the duration of the program by one year by taking some of the 29 units as part of their undergraduate degree. The Department has adopted rolling admissions to complete the 26-unit prerequisite upper division/graduate coursework. Once prerequisites are completed, students begin the professional program the following fall semester. A 24-week full-time affiliation follows graduation (12 semester units). The curriculum is competency-based (performance-based) and emphasizes an integration of basic and clinical sciences to produce clinicians with skills in problem solving and clinical decision making for evidenced based practice. The Department has adopted rolling admissions to complete the 29-unit pre-requisite upper division/graduate coursework. Once pre-requisites are completed, students begin the professional program the following fall semester. Typically, students will be in class for approximately 22 hours per week (for 15weeks) each semester. This may include a one-week clinical assignment of 40 hours. A student research project/thesis under the direction of a faculty sponsor and successful completion of a comprehensive examination are required for graduation.



Students complete one pre-internship clinical rotation (40 hours) during the second semester, 6 weeks of full-time internship in the summer between years of the program, a 40-hour clinical rotation the 3rd semester and 24-weeks of full-time internship after graduation. Clinical facilities are located throughout California, the west, and other states.



The program employs eight full-time and eight to tenseven part-time faculty per semester. Five of the full-time faculties hold post-professional doctoral Ph.D. degrees, one holds a post-professional DPT degree, one is studying in a post-professional DPTPh.D. program, two are certified clinical specialists, 2 are licensed in clinical and/or kinesiologic electromyography and two are engaged in clinical practice. Over the last 2 years the faculties have published 105 peer-reviewed and 3 invited publications and have made 1635 professional presentations.



35,000 students are enrolled at CaliforniaStateUniversity, Long Beach (CSULB). Of these, approximately 110 are currently in the physical therapy education program. Up to forty students are admitted yearly (fall enrollment), drawn from a pool of 70-100 applicants.



The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree is open to all college graduates with a bachelor’s degree who have met prerequisite requirements and demonstrate academic promise to perform at a satisfactory level during their graduate studies. The CSULB Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Physiology Option, is best suited for the MPT program because most prerequisite courses fall within the degree requirements. Lower division prerequisites are 10 units of general chemistry, 8 units of general physics, 8-10 units of biological sciences, 3 units each of general psychology and biostatistics, and 4 units of human morphology (or lower division anatomy). Upper division/graduate pre-requisites are 3 units each of pathology, physiology (emphasizing cardiac, renal, and respiratory systems), tissue mechanics and aging, and psychology of disability, 4 units each of physiology (emphasizing neural, muscular, and endocrine systems) and neuroanatomy and 6 units of applied anatomy. Contact the department office for information on prerequisite equivalences and other admission requirements. Most upper division/graduate prerequisite courses may be offered only at CSULB. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), documented volunteer/work related clinical experience (not to exceed 200 hours), and letters of recommendation also are required. About 85% of qualified applicants are admitted to the program.



All students admitted for 2002 or 2003 graduation have graduated, approximately 5% have graduated after a decelerated program. 98% of graduates pass the licensure examination on first attempt. All licensed graduates seeking employment find employment.



Effective spring 2005, the graduate tuition and registration fees per semester are $1,572 for California residents. Tuition for out-of-state and international students is $339 per unit plus $1,572 for a total of $6,657 for 15 units. Several courses have a supplemental fee of $31 each. Parking is $98 per semester and the University application fee is $55. Room and board averages $6,400-$6,800 per year depending on accommodations and meal plans selected. Average book costs range from $500-$600 per semester. Institutional, federal, and state funding is available on an awards basis. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Financial Aid office at (562) 985-8403 or at



CSULB is a beautiful, multicultural, urban university on 322 acres located within 5 miles of the Pacific Ocean. Most students commute to the University although some housing is available on campus. Intercollegiate athletics for men include baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, track, volleyball, and water polo. For women, sporting activities include basketball, cross-country, field hockey, golf, swimming, tennis, track, soccer, and volleyball. The Long Beach airport is within 3 miles of campus and public transportation is available in the Long Beach area although most students prefer using an automobile.