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California State University, Sacramento (A4, D5, F1, PU)


Last Updated by Program: 08/12/2003


Address:   Department of Physical Therapy

CaliforniaStateUniversity, Sacramento

College of Health and Human Services

6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA95819-6020


Phone:   (916)278-6426  Fax:   (916)278-5053

Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (916)278-6426 

Financial Aid Phone:   (916)278-6554 


Web Address: 

Program E-mail:



Susan M McGinty, PT, EdD




  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:   Bachelor's degree, April 1997 (no longer offered) Master's degree, May 2001

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2014

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Master of Physical Therapy



The Graduate Program, which encompasses five semesters and two summers, includes didactic instruction, laboratory experience, and clinical education. The clinical component consists of 30 weeks of full-time, off-campus clinical internships leading to a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Physical Therapy. Following completion of both the clinical and academic program, graduates are awarded a Master's in Physical Therapy degree and are eligible to take the national licensure examination. Admission is for fall semester only. Classes are offered primarily during daytime hours and full-time study is required.



There are 30 weeks of full-time, off-campus clinical experiences leading to a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Physical Therapy. One, for 6 weeks, follows the first year of didactic instruction. Three, 8 weeks experiences follow the second year of instruction. In addition, there are integrated clinical experiences on campus under faculty supervision.



There are seven full-time faculty members, and numerous adjunct faculty. Six out of seven full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 6 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:10.5.



The university serves nearly 30,000 undergraduate and 5,300 graduate students that are broadly representation of the diversity of the state. The Department of Physical Therapy has an enrollment of 96 students, with each class composed of 32 students.



Applicants to the program must have: 1. Submitted their CSU Application for Graduate Admission to the University for fall enrollment and their complete PT application to the Physical Therapy Office by the January 15th deadline; 2. Received (or will receive by the end of the Summer semester) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; 3. Have a minimum 2.5 GPA for the last 60 semester units and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite course work; 4. Submitted their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (analytical, quantitative, and verbal) to the Physical Therapy Office by January 15th; and 5. Accumulated and documented a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer or paid experience in at least two physical therapy settings (inpatient, outpatient, home, SNF, etc.) under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students who do not possess a bachelor’s degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language must demonstrate competence in English by scoring a minimum of 550 on the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Prerequisite courses include 2 semester units in each of pathophysiology, and pharmacology; 6 semester units of psychology, 3 units each of statistics, public speaking, kinesiology, and exercise physiology, 4 semester units each of human anatomy (w/lab), and human/systemic physiology (w/lab), 8 units general physics (w/labs); and 10 units of general chemistry (w/labs). All prerequisite courses must be completed by the January 15th deadline, with the exception of four. These remaining courses must be completed in the Spring and/or Summer semester (a maximum of 2 of these courses may be completed during the Summer). For more information students may contact the office at (916) 278-6426 or check the website at 



95.8% of students admitted to the graduate program (3-year average); and 100% of graduates responding to surveys are employed. 100% of graduates pass the licensure examination (overall 3 year average).



The 2004-05 tuition fees are $1,655.00 per semester, non-resident students pay an additional $339.00 per unit, not including parking or augmented health fees. In addition to university tuition fees, students can be expected to incur costs of approximately $1,500.00 per year for books, supplies, malpractice/liability insurance and laboratory fees. Students are required to provide their own health insurance and assume responsibility for transportation and housing costs for clinical internships. In addition to university scholarships and financial aid, there are specific physical therapy scholarships and local faculty forgivable loan programs available. For additional information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 916/278-6554.



CaliforniaStateUniversity, Sacramento, California’s CapitalUniversity, offers students strong academic programs in small classes taught by professors. The university is a beautiful and stimulating place to learn. The cosmopolitan atmosphere of the area carries onto the campus. Located along the edge of the historic AmericanRiver, students have access to miles of bike and walking trails in a parkway stretching along one side of the campus. The community has a symphony, opera, ballet, numerous offerings in the arts, and professional sports teams, sierra skiing, Lake Tahoe, and the San Francisco Bay Area for additional recreational and cultural offerings. The Physical Therapy program is housed in a modern teaching facility with state of the art equipment. The campus offers health services, counseling, tutoring, and services to students with disabilities.