Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT

Department

Department of Physical Therapy 

Peggy R. Trueblood, Chair
McLane Hall, Room 186A
559.278.2625
www.fresnostate.edu/physicaltherapy

Degrees and Programs Offered

DPT in Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT

The Department of Physical Therapy offers an entry-level postbaccaulareate Doctor of Physical Therapy which meets professional education requirements to become a licensed physical therapist in all 50 states. In addition, until 2014, the Department of Physical Therapy will continue to offer its self-support joint post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program with the University of California, San Francisco. This D.P.T. is available for experienced, licensed physical therapists with a master's degree in physical therapy.

Courses

Physical Therapy

PHTH 102. Rehabilitation Professions

(PHTH 102 same as COUN 102.) Overview of various rehabilitation professions, the services provided by these professions, the development of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation service, and principles and philosophies of rehabilitation. Responsibilities, educational requirements, practice parameters, and job locations of rehabilitation professionals. Taught in the classroom in the fall semester and on-line in the spring semester.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

PHTH 105. Medical Terminology for Health Professionals

Study of word parts, definitions, spelling, analysis, synthesis, and use of medical vocabulary. This course is taught in classroom sections or may be taken entirely on-line.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PHTH 106. Patient Practitioner Interaction

Prerequisites: PSYCH 169 with a grade of C or better. Patient-practitioner interaction in healthcare, with an emphasis on the development of effective patient/therapist communication skills for a variety of healthcare situations, including patient education. FS

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PHTH 107. Health Care Issues

Analysis of the health care system and its influence on access to and delivery of health care services. Special focus on needs and mechanisms for integrated service delivery for prevention and care of acute and chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PHTH 119. Anatomy of the Appendicular Skeleton

Prerequisite: BIOL 64 with a grade of C or better. An in-depth study of the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. Includes cadavers and prosected material. Joint Structure and function will also be demonstrated. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours) ( Instructional materials fee, $35) FS

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PHTH 124. Research Methods in Physical Therapy

Prerequisite: HS 92 or MATH 11. Study of research design and critical reading of research literature.

Units: 2

PHTH 125. Anatomy of the Axial Skeleton

Prerequisites: BIOL 64 with a grade of C or better. Study of the structure, function and biomechanics of the neuro-musculoskeletal systems. Includes dissection lab and prosected material. (3 lecture, 3 dissection lab hours) (Instructional materials fee, $35) FS

Units: 4

PHTH 126. Applied Pathophysiology

Prerequisite: BIOL 65 with a grade of C or better. Advanced study of physiology of body systems and responses to normal aging, environmental influences, and pathological dysfunction. F

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

PHTH 127. Neuromuscular Processes in Human Development and Aging

The study of human development from birth to senescence with focus on concepts of motor and neurological development processes integral to evaluation and treatment intervention in neurological disability.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PHTH 131. Evaluation and Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions II

Prerequisite: PHTH 130. A continuation of Evaluation and Clinical Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions I. (3 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 4

PHTH 133. Evaluation and Clinical Management of Neurological Systems II

Prerequisite: PHTH 132. Continuation of Evaluation and Clinical Management of Neurological Systems I. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3

PHTH 152. Clin Lab II

Units: 2

PHTH 180T. Topics in Physical Therapy

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Advanced techniques in physical therapy and new trends relating to the care of patients.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 12 units

PHTH 180T. Clinical Internship

This 18-week externship allows the student to apply academic knowledge in a clinical setting. Upon completion of the course, the student must demonstrate mastery of physical therapy skills considered appropriate for entry-level practice. Upon successful completion the student will receive a certificate of completion necessary for physical therapy licensing examination. CR/NC grading only; approved for RP grading.

Units: 3

PHTH 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- [-LINK-]. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

PHTH 218. Orthopedic Management in Physical Therapy II

Prerequisite PHTH 217. Analysis of musculoskeletal disabilities; emphasis on physical assessment, methods of therapeutic intervention, clinical decision making and program planning. Selected lectures by medical practitioners on medical-surgical management of orthopedic conditions. Focus on course dysfunction involving the spine and pelvic girdle.

Units: 4

PHTH 226. Electrophysiologic Approaches to Patient Care

Prerequisites: PH TH 121, 126; PHYAN 140. Exploration of advanced theories and principles related to the clinical use of electrophysiologic modalities. Includes electroneuromuscular stimulation for motor performance, nerve function, pain management and tisue repair. (2 lecture, 3 lab hours)

Units: 3

PHTH 229. Management of Neurological Disorders in Physical Therapy II

Advanced evaluation and treatment approaches to neurological disabilities in adults with emphasis on therapeutic intervention and program planning for the patient with neurological problems such as spinal cord injury (SCI), multiple sclerosis (MS), and traumatic head injury (THI).

Units: 3

PHTH 237. Physical Therapy Management in Pediatrics

Advanced study of diagnosis and physical therapy problems found in pediatrics. Evaluation and intervention principles are used ot discuss and explore clinical manifestations associated with diseases and functional impairments. Emphasis will be placed on the therapeutic intervention and program planning.

Units: 3

PHTH 238. Physical Therapy Managemetn in Geriatrics

A synthesis of biology of aging with common orthopedic and neurological problems special to the older patient. This course emphasizes analysis of clinical problems and issues facing the physical therapist in utilizing functional testing and community resources with the elderly.

Units: 2

PHTH 239. Medical Screening: Physical Diagnosis for Physical Therapists

Prerequisites: Admissions to DPT program. Study of functional profiles of clients with emphasis on signs and symptoms associated with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, peripheral vascular and neurologic diagnosis. Emphasis on methods to determine the most appropriate intervention strategy for each patient or client through the diagnosis process.

Units: 3

PHTH 240. Advances in Orthopedic Physical Therapy I

Prerequisite: PHTH 217, PHTH 218 or permission of instructor. Exploration of treatment of orthopedic problems.

Units: 2

PHTH 241. Advances in Physical Therapy II

Prerequisite: PHTH 217, PHTH 218 or permission of instructor. A continuation of Advances in Orthopedic Physical Therapy I.

Units: 2

PHTH 242. Advanced Clinical Anatomy I

Prerequisite: PHTH 115, PHTH 125 or permission of instructor. Exploration of clinical application of anatomical structures of joints.

Units: 2

PHTH 243. Advanced Clinical Anatomy II

Prerequisites: PHTH 242 or permission of instructor. A continuation of Advanced Clinical Anatomy I

Units: 2

PHTH 244. Advances in Management of the Aging Population

Prerequisite: PHTH 127 or permission of instructor. Exploration of special approaches and considerations of intervention of conditions of aging.

Units: 2

PHTH 245. Advances in Management of the Neurological Patient

Prerequisite: PHTH 227, PHTH 228 or permission of instructor. Exploration of advanced multisystem treatment approaches in neuro-rehabilitation.

Units: 2

PHTH 247. Sports Injuries

Exploration in advances in management of sports injuries.

Units: 2

PHTH 248. Advances in Cardiac Rehabilitation

Prerequisite: PHTH 236 or permission of instructor. Exploration of the components of implementing and maintaining multilevels of cardiac rehabilitation and the management of patients with cardiac disease.

Units: 2

PHTH 249. Contemporary Issues in Delivery of Physical Therapy Services

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Exploration of emerging trends and issues in contemporary physical therapy practice.

Units: 2

PHTH 255. Clinical Learning II

Uses Gait, Balance, and Mobility Clinic as an experiential model for clinical decision analysis. With faculty supervision, students are responsible for evaluation and treatment of clients. Students communicate their assessment findings and intervention through documentation.

Units: 2

PHTH 257. Clinical Experience II

This 12-week externship during summer allows the student to apply academic knowledge related to examination, evaluation, and intervention in managing the physical therapy patient.

Units: 2

PHTH 258. Integrated Clinical Management I

Designed as a continuation from PHTH 254, this course is designed to progress the development of student clincal competencies needed in the outpatient orthopedic setting.

Units: 2

PHTH 259. Integrated Clinical Management II

Prerequisites: PH TH 256, 258; successful completion of first year of Master of Physical Therapy Program. Integration of diagnostic findings, patient history and resource constraints to establish a physical therapy plan of care. Emphasis on management of patients with multi-system involvement and justification of service delivery in regard to outcomes and resource limitations.

Units: 2

PHTH 260. Administration of Physical Therapy Services

Application of administration and organization of a physical therapy service, including supervision issues, fiscal considerations, marketing and public relations, outcomes management, utilization and quality management.

Units: 2

PHTH 260. Administration of Physical Therapy Services

Application of administration and organization of a physical therapy service, including supervision issues, fiscal considerations, marketing and public relations, outcomes management, utilization and quality management.

Units: 2

PHTH 261. Pharmacology and Radiology for Physical Therapists

Students will develop skills required of the physical therapist to understand and utilize radiological diagnosis and diagnostic imaging procedures as well as the important elements of pharmacological mechanisms and drug interactions that are essential for physical therapy practice.

Units: 3

PHTH 262. Cooperative Education in Physical Therapy

Prerequisite: student must have completed the first semester of the Professional Physical Therapy Program. Cooperative education students are given the opportunity to combine classroom theory with "on-the-job training" to work with professionals in their field of study.

Units: 1-2, Repeatable up to 6 units

PHTH 280. Mentored Clinical Clerkship

Prerequisite: Admission into the DPT program. In a community or university setting, the student will see patients and supervise support staff with experienced clinicians providing mentoring and consultation in terms of case reviews, physical therapy techniques, team practice, and review of specialty. (6 units) CR/NC grading

Units: 6

PHTH 290. Independent Study

Supervised guidance for students who wish to do additional research. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-6

PHTH 293. Professional Colloquium I

Addresses professional behavior standards in relation to patient care interactions and relationships wit hcolleagues and community, including documentation and professional service learning.

Units: 1

PHTH 295. Case Reports I

Prerequisite: Admission into DPT program. During the first of a two course sequence, the student develops case reporting skills. Each student will be responsible for presenting a unique case study that includes a review of the literature on diagnosis and treatment of the case. (2 units)

Units: 2

PHTH 296. Case Reports II

Prerequisites: Admission into DPT program. Completion of PHTH 295. During the second of a two course sequence, the student will develop a case(s) on an issue that is relevant to Physical Therapy in a manuscript format acceptable for publication. (3 units)

Units: 3

PHTH 297. Evidence Based Practice II

Prerequisites: Admission into DPT program; completion of PT 209 (UCSF). The student will learn the principles of evidence based practice, requireing each student to critique literature and physical therapy relevant journals with an expectation to enter articles into a PT database. (2 semester units)

Units: 3

PHTH 297. Evidence Based Practice in Physical Therapy

This course will prepare students to apply the principles of evidence based practice to clinical decision making.

Units: 3

PHTH 298. Project

Prerequisite: Advancement to candidacy for MPT degree. See criteria for Thesis and Project. A project appropriate to the profession of physical therapy that demonstrates critical inquiry, independent thinking, and rationale is required. An abstract, written manuscript and oral defense will be required. Limited enrollment. Student must have departmental approval. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units

PHTH 298A. Mentored Clinical Research Clerkship I

Prerequisite: Admission into DPT program. This course will provide supervised time for the students to complete a clinical research project. This could be one started in the MS program, a new question, or data analysis and preparation of a manuscript. Approved for RP grading. (4 units)

Units: 4

PHTH 298B. Mentored Clinical Research Clerkship II

Prerequisite: Admission into DPT program; completion of PHTH 298A. This is the culmination of the mentored clinical research experience. Must have completed PHTH 298A with a B or better. (2 units)

Units: 2

PHTH 298C. Project Continuation

Pre-requisite: Project PHTH 298. For continuous enrollment while completing the project. May enroll twice with department approval. Additional enrollments must be approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Units: 0

PHTH 506. Motor Development through the Lifespan

Motor development is a lecture course. This course human motor development, integrating physiological, psychological, sociological and spiritual domains while emphasizing the interaction between the systems. This course is in preparation for PHTh 537 Physical Therapy Management in Pediatrics.

Units: 2

PHTH 507. Foundations of Patient Assessment and Clinical Management in Physical Therapy I

This course involves selected theory and clinical application of essential evaluation, treatment procedures and interventions utilized in physical therapy practice including examination procedures, physical agents, massage, therapeutic exercise, and transfer and mobility training.

Units: 4

PHTH 508. Foundations of Patient Assessment and Clinical Management in Physical Therapy II

This course involves selected theory and clinical application of essential evaluation, treatment procedures and interventions utilized in physical therapy practice including examination procedures, physical agents, massage, therapeutic exercise, and transfer and mobility training.

Units: 4

PHTH 509. Clinical Pathokinesiology

This course focuses on management of musculoskeletal impairments involving complex, multisystems in persons across the life span. Emphasis is on developing clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and decision-making applied to various patient populations with impairments and functional limitations.

Units: 3

PHTH 510. Anatomy of the Appendicular Skeleton

Units: 3

PHTH 511. Anatomy of the Axial Skeleton

This course is an advanced study of the structure and function of the human body as a basis for understanding normal human movement. This course will emphasize the trunk and spine. (Instructional materials fee, $35).

Units: 4

PHTH 512. Applied Pathophysiology for Physical Therapists

This course involves an advanced study of physiology of body systems and the responses to normal aging, environmental influences, and pathological dysfunction. Includes cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, neurological, musculoskeletal, and integumentary systems.

Units: 3

PHTH 517. Orthopedic Management in Physical Therapy I

Analysis of musculoskeletal disabilities with emphasis on physical assessment, methods of therapeutic intervention, clinical decision making and program planning. Selected lectures by medical practitioners on medical-surgical management of orthopedic conditions. Focus will be towards dysfunction involving the extremities.

Units: 4

PHTH 518. Orthopedic Management in Physical Therapy II

This course is an analysis of musculoskeletal disabilities with emphasis on physical assessment, methods of therapeutic intervention, clinical decision making and program planning towards dysfunction involving the spine and pelvic girdle. (2 hour lecture; 6 hour lab)

Units: 4

PHTH 526. Electrophysiologic Approaches to Patient Care

Exploration of advanced theories and principles related to the clinical use of electrophysiologic modalities. Includes electroneuromuscular stimulation for motor performance, nerve function, pain management and tissue repair.

Units: 3

PHTH 527. Applied Neurosciences

An advanced study of normal structure and function of the peripheral and central nervous system as a basis for understanding clinical manifestations seen in neurological disorders. This course is in preparation for evaluating and treating patients with neurological disorders. (2 hr lecture; 6 hr lab)

Units: 4

PHTH 528. Management of Neurological Disorders in Physical Therapy I

Advanced evaluation and treatment approaches to neurological disabilities in adults with emphasis on therapeutic intervention, program planning, and outcome measurements for the patient with neurological problems such as balance disorders, stroke, and Parkinson's disease.

Units: 3

PHTH 529. Management of Neurological Disorders in Physical Therapy II

Advanced evaluation and treatment approaches to neurological disabilities in adults with emphasis on therapeutic intervention, program planning, and outcome measurements for the patient with neurological problems such as spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic head injury.

Units: 3

PHTH 533. Functional Kinesiology for Physical Therapists

This course presents basic principles, theories and applications of biomechanics. Kinesiology and pathokinesiology of the extremities, thorax, vertebral column, and temporomandibular joint will be discussed.

Units: 3

PHTH 534. Gait and Movement

This course presents a study of normal and abnormal gait, the principles of ergonomics, biomechanics of posture, and functional capacity evaluations.

Units: 3

PHTH 535. Exercise Physiology for Physical Therapists

Provides theoretical basis for understanding the body's physiological responses to exercise. Investigates how the support systems of the body (respiratory, cardiovascular, neuromuscular, metabolic, and hormonal) function, in cooperation with human energy production to insure that energy is provided for exercise.

Units: 3

PHTH 536. Physical Therapy Management of Body Systems

Evaluation and therapeutic intervention in the clinical management of normal and pathological conditions of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine and integumentary systems. A focus on the development of advanced knowledge and skills in patient evaluation, program planning and treatment procedures.

Units: 3

PHTH 537. Physical Therapy Management in Pediatrics

Advanced study of diagnosis and physical therapy problems found in pediatrics. Evaluation and intervention principles are used ot discuss and explore clinical manifestations associated with diseases and functional impairments. Emphasis will be placed on the therapeutic intervention and program planning. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 3

PHTH 538. Physical Therapy Management in Geriatrics

A synthesis of biology of aging with common orthopedic and neurological problems special to the older patient. This course emphasizes analysis of clinical problems and issues facing the physical therapist in utilizing functional testing and community resources with the elderly.

Units: 3

PHTH 539. Physical Diagnosis

This course presents functional profiles of clients with emphasis on signs and symptoms associated with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, peripheral vascular and neurologic diagnosis. Emphasis on methods to determine the most appropriate intervention strategy for each patient or client through the diagnosis process.

Units: 3

PHTH 554. Clinical Learning I

Uses an experiential model for clinical decisions and reflection. The course requires students to consider appropriate tests, assessments, and interventions by examining and providing treatments for clients through participation in the Department & Health Center sponsored Musculoskeletal Care Clinic (MSC).

Units: 2

PHTH 555. Clinical Learning II

Uses Gait, Balance, and Mobility Center as an experiential model for clinical decision analysis. With faculty supervision students are responsible for evaluation and treatment of clients. Students communicate their assessment findings and intervention through documentation.

Units: 2

PHTH 556. Clinical Learning III

Designed as a continuation from PHTH 254, this course is designed to progress the development of student clinical competencies needed in the outpatient orthopedic setting.

Units: 2

PHTH 557. Clinical Experience I

This 9 week externship during summer allows the student to apply academic knolwedge in a clinical setting. Comprehensive examination, evaluation, and intervention will be used to manage the physical therapy patient. CR/NC grading only. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 4

PHTH 558. Clinical Experience II

This 12 week externship during the summer allows the student to apply academic knowledge related to examination, evaluation, and intervention will be used to manage the physical therapy patient. CR/NC grading only. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 6

PHTH 559. Clinical Experience III

This final 9 week externship during spring semester allows the student to apply academic knowledge in a clinical setting. Upon completion the student must demonstrate mastery of physical therapy skills considered appropriate for entry level practice. CR/NC grading only. (CSU liability insurance fee, $8)

Units: 4

PHTH 561. Pharmacology for Physical Therapists

Students will develop skills required for the physical therapist to understand and utilize important elements or pharmacological mechanisms and drug interactions that are essential for clinical decision making in physical therapy practice.

Units: 2

PHTH 563. Radiology for Physical Therapists

Students will develop skills required for the physical therapist to understand and utilize radiological diagnosis and diagnostic imaging procedures, as needed for clinical decision making in physical therapy practice.

Units: 2

PHTH 564. Prosthetics

This course provides the student with didactic knowledge and clinical skills necessary to successfully provide physical therapy evaluation and management of the patient following extremity amputation, with an emphasis on lower extremity.

Units: 1

PHTH 565S. Community Outreach Wellness

This is a Service learning course that presents essential concepts related to the roles of physical therapists in prevention and in the promotion of health, wellness, and fitness. This course includes application of concepts through service learning in selected community agencies.

Units: 1

PHTH 591. Research Methods

Study and application of research design and critical research reading skills. The student will gain important insights into the research process and become a discriminating consumer of published research.

Units: 3

PHTH 592. Clinical Teaching and Mentoring

This course is a lecture/seminar course. This course will prepare students to integrate their role as educators in many areas of practice including patient education, clinical instruction, mentoring as a community/public educator using educational theory that affects learning.

Units: 1

PHTH 593. Professional Colloquium I

This course addresses professional behavior standards in relation to patient care interactions and relationships with colleagues and community including documentation and professional service learning.

Units: 2

PHTH 594. Professional Colloquium II

Presents topics relative to global healthcare delivery models focusing on the healthcare system in the United States. It reviews community health services, prevention, health policy, reimbursement, referral, and legal issues related to profession.

Units: 2

PHTH 595. Case Based Learning

Seminar course with case based problem solving and clinical decision making discussions in a Grand Round format.

Units: 2

PHTH 596. Case Reports

This course involves development of case reporting skills, with a presentation of unique case study that includes a review of the literature on fiagnosis and treatment of the case. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 3

PHTH 597. Evidence Based Practice in Physical Therapy

This course will prepare students to apply the principles of evidence based practice to clinical decision making.

Units: 3

PHTH 598. Doctoral Project

A doctoral project appropriate to the profession of physical therapy that demonstrates critical inquiry, independent thinking, and rationale is required. An abstract, written manuscript and oral defense will be required. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 3

Requirements

Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy
and Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is the educational standard for the field and required for physical therapy licensure. Physical Therapy is a profession dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life. It serves humanity, which is holistic in nature and provides services to persons of all ages, gender and cultures. In concert with the mission of the university and to meet the needs of the community, the physical therapy department faculty has developed the following mission statement.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the department is to graduate a diverse physical therapy practitioner of the highest quality, committed to life-long learning, self-development, and critical inquiry, with the ability to apply researched data and physical evidence in order to function autonomously in current and future culturally sensitive healthcare environments. The professional physical therapy education at Fresno State seeks to stimulate scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, while supporting and encouraging research and its dissemination, to develop future leaders of the profession engaged in the community who will enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for all. In concert with the American Physical Therapy Association 2020 Vision Statement, we will prepare graduates to examine, evaluate, and establish a diagnosis and prognosis within the scope of physical therapy practice; implement and manage a physical therapy plan of care; and provide a sound rationale for evaluation and treatment procedures, based on a theoretical framework for practice including evidence-based practice.

Departmental/Program Goals: The department seeks to (1) attract high quality applicants from a variety of academic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, (2) develop a diverse faculty engaged in high quality teaching, research and, service to the department, university, career, and community, 3) develop clinical partnerships and professional alliances to enhance the quality of the graduate program and delivery of health care services by our graduates, and (4) prepare graduates to meet the D.P.T. program student learning outcomes listed below, in accordance with current Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education criteria and the American Physical Therapy Association's 2020 Vision statement.

D.P.T. Program Student Learning Outcomes: The graduate will be a competent physical therapy practitioner who can function safely and effectively. Upon successful completion of the DPT program, students will be prepared for the following:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension and integration of the foundational, applied and clinical sciences of anatomy, physiology, neurology, and pathology for application to the physical therapy clinical setting.
  2. Expressively and receptively communicate in a professional and ethical manner to a culturally diverse population in classroom activities and in clinical settings including patients/clients, families, care givers, practitioners, consumers, payers, and policy makers utilizing terminology appropriate to the context of the communication.
  3. Demonstrate competent professional practice independently and interdependently while providing patient centered care services, including wellness/prevention, to patients whether referred or self-referring. And, to know federal and state regulations, professional practice and association history and regulations, payer requirements and state practice acts.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate clinical decision-making skills, including clinical reasoning, clinical judgment, differential diagnosis, reflective practice, and self-reflection/assessment.
  5. Critically review existing research and expand their clinical research skills in order to build the evidence of practice for clinical decision making skills and innovative physical therapy interventions based on solid theoretical constructs.

Admissions to the Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate Program. Admissions to the Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate Program. Individuals must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and complete all prerequisite requirements prior to beginning the professional major. Students are only admitted for the fall semester. Students should apply to the program in the fall prior to anticipated entry into the Physical Therapy Program. Admission to the entry-level three-year D.P.T. program requires a two-part application. The department application is submitted through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) (www.ptcas.org). Applications are typically available in July the year prior to the fall semester of the D.P.T program. The CSU Graduate/Postbaccalaureate application is submitted online through CSU Mentor (www.csumentor.edu). Please refer to the department website for appropriate deadlines for these two applications.

Physical Therapy Program Application Filing Period: Please see www.fresnostate.edu/physicaltherapy for specific dates.

In addition to the PTCAS CSU Graduate/Postbaccalaureate application, transcripts are required from all prior institutions attended by the applicant, official GRE test scores, physical therapy observation hours verification, and letters of reference. GRE scores are considered during program admissions; however, there is no minimum GRE requirement. Late transcripts or documentation will result in not being considered. Please review the Graduate Studies section in this catalog for additional graduate admissions information.

Prerequisite requirements for entry-level D.P.T. program

Human Physiology
Fresno State: BIOL 65
Transfer: Human physiology with lab

Human Anatomy
Fresno State: BIOL 64
Transfer: Human anatomy with lab

Chemistry
Fresno State: CHEM 1A or 3A , and CHEM 3B with labs
Transfer: Inorganic and organic or biochemistry with labs

Psychology
Fresno State: PSYCH 10
Transfer: General psychology

Physics
Fresno State: PHYS 2A, 2B
Transfer: Physics with lab including mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity

Statistics
Fresno State: PH 92 or MATH 11
Transfer: Introduction to basic statistics

Psychology
Fresno State: PSYCH 166 or 169
Transfer: Upper-division psychology course (psychological aspects of aging or abnormal psychology preferred)

All science courses must include laboratories and cannot be at an introductory level. Human anatomy and physiology must be taken from an anatomy, physiology, anatomy and physiology, biology, or zoology department. Combined human anatomy and physiology courses will be considered only if a combined course sequence (two semesters or two quarters) is completed.

In addition, the following courses are recommended to enhance success in the program:

  • Oral communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • General biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Kinesiology/biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Gerontology/Geriatrics
  • Medical Terminology

The screening committee reviews admission criteria. Prior to admission to the program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold or be eligible to receive a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the end of the spring semester prior to admission to the program.
  2. Have completed or be currently enrolled in a minimum of 7/9 of the specified prerequisite courses at time of application. No more than one science (if semester-based course; two if the course is quarter-based) and one non-science prerequisite courses can be in progress after the fall term prior to matriculation (spring).
  3. Submit GRE test scores by the end of the fall semester prior to admission to the program. Students are encouraged to take the GRE early to avoid delays in acceptance for graduate work.
  4. Receive a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course and maintain a total prerequisite GPA of 3.0. No course may be repeated more than one time and no more than three prerequisite courses may be repeated. AP credit, CR/NC grades, or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade. Only those prerequisite courses completed by the end of the fall semester in which application is made will be counted toward ranking of candidates for selection into the graduate program.
  5. Provide evidence of knowledge of physical therapy through employment, volunteer work, or observation in a physical therapy department for a minimum of 100 hours (with at least 20/100 hours in a general inpatient setting). All observation hours must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
  6. Submit three letters of recommendation, as specified in application instructions.
  7. Participate in a personal interview.
  8. Submit grades and final transcripts from institutions other than Fresno State as soon as grades are posted. Transcripts should be requested prior to the end of the term.

Meeting the foregoing criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the three-year entry-level D.P.T. program. Students transferring from community colleges and other colleges or universities who meet the foregoing criteria are considered on the same basis as California State University, Fresno students applying for admission to the program.

Criteria for Departmental Retention and Progression

Criteria for retention in the three-year entry-level D.P.T. program and progression to the next semester in the program:

  • Maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA each semester in the program
  • Maintaining a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in D.P.T. degree requirements
  • Achieving a minimum grade of C (or CR) in each PHTH course.*
  • Enrolling in and completing all required courses in sequence.

Students must carry malpractice insurance, must purchase an appropriate laboratory coat, and must provide their own transportation to hospitals and clinics for off-campus classes and clinical laboratories. Additional laboratory fees may be required. Students must also provide for all expenses while enrolled in clinical internships. Expenses include student fees, housing, meals, and travel.

*Any student receiving a grade less than C will not be able to continue in the program, regardless of semester or overall GPA. Please note that grade substitution is not permitted at the graduate level. A student must receive a grade of CR in all clinical education courses (PHTH 554-559). A student receiving a grade of less than a C or NC in a PHTH course will have one opportunity to repeat the course. A second grade of less than a C or NC in a repeated PHTH course will result in disqualification from the program. Any student who repeats a course will be dropped back into a previous cohort of students since all coursework is sequential. A student cannot drop back to a previous cohort more than one time throughout the three-year program.

Requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy

Core Requirements (96 units)
PHTH 506, 507, 508, 509, 510, 511, 512, 517, 518, 526, 527, 528, 529, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 554, 555, 556, 560, 561, 563, 564, 565, 591, 592, 593, 594, 595, 596, 597, 598

Clinic Course Requirements (14 units)
PHTH 557, 558, 559
(see Advising Note)

Total (110 units)

Advising Note

PHTH 557, 558, and 559 clinical experiences are conducted in a variety of clinical facilities throughout the state or out of state. Students must provide for all expenses including housing, meals, and travel. These are offered CR/NC only. A certification of clinical completion plus the D.P.T. must be completed to be eligible to take the state examination for licensure.

Advancement to Candidacy Requirements

Students usually advance to candidacy in the fall semester of their third year of the D.P.T. Students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Classified graduate student standing.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall, program, and California State University, Fresno) on all coursework completed after the date of the first course to be included in the doctor of physical therapy degree program, with no grade below C.
  3. Successful completion of their qualifying exam given in the spring semester of the second year. The qualifying exam consists of a written and oral Patient Case Report.
  4. Demonstrated required competency in clinical coursework (PHTH 554-559) with grade of CR or a letter grade of B or better.
  5. Demonstrated graduate-level writing proficiency. (Satisfactory completion of PHTH 591 Research Methods will fulfill this requirement.)
  6. Approval from the faculty to enroll in PHTH 598 as the doctoral project.

A culminating event is required of all Fresno State doctor of physical therapy degree candidates. Students in physical therapy satisfy the requirement through an oral and written presentation of an evidence-based review of a clinical practice question or clinical research project.

Post-Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy

The Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is the new educational standard for the field and therefore licensed physical therapists can also return to Fresno State to receive a post-professional doctor of physical therapy. At Fresno State, the post-professional D.P.T. is a joint program with the University of California, San Francisco and is designed to expand the foundation of knowledge developed in the Master's of Physical Therapy Program and better prepare graduates to function autonomously in current and future healthcare environments. This final year of learning is dynamic and interactive with a strong evidence-based approach. Learning activities are centered on active student involvement through seminars, case studies, clinical investigations, grand rounds, and patient care. It is only open to licensed physical therapists already holding a M.P.T. degree.

Admissions to the post-professional joint D.P.T. Graduate Program. Students who successfully completed the M.P.T. (final GPA of 3.0 or better, passed the culmination for the M.P.T., satisfactory completion of all clinical clerkships including PHTH 275, and demonstrated acceptable record of professional behavior) are automatically eligible for the D.P.T. year of study. Students must submit a graduate application to UCSF for fall admission (check UCSF catalog for deadlines).

The D.P.T. year is an additional 9 months of advanced study (34 semester units).

The joint D.P.T. year is offered as a self-support year and therefore, additional fees apply. Please contact the physical therapy program office for updated information.

Culminating Experience for the joint post-professional D.P.T. Students research and write an in-depth patient case report (PHTH 295; PHTH 296) and an evidence based review of a clinical problem (PHTH 209; PHTH 297) following the criteria established in case reports and evidence-based practice courses. The manuscripts must be prepared in a journal-ready format as well as presented orally to an audience of faculty and peers.

Faculty

The faculty is composed of physical therapists that collectively have advanced preparation in all major areas of physical therapy. Most have earned doctorates or advanced specialty certification. Together they represent extensive years of clinical experience. Many faculty members continue to engage in practice in tandem with their faculty responsibilities. Several have held significant positions of leadership in professional associations and have authored textbooks used nationally; several also publish regularly in professional journals. Their efforts have been recognized frequently with prestigious awards from the profession and the community.

Name Degree Email Phone
Aaron, Steven M Master of Arts smaaron@mail.fresnostate.edu
Adame, Jennifer A Doctor of Physical Therapy jadame@csufresno.edu
Deoghare, Harshavardhan Doctor of Philosophy hdeoghare@csufresno.edu 559.278.6035
Dolin, Erin T Masters of Physical Therapy edolin@csufresno.edu
Duttarer, Janet K Doctor of Philosophy janetd@csufresno.edu 559.278.2476
Hickey, Cheryl J Doctorate of Education cherylba@csufresno.edu 559.278.3030
Hunsaker, Travis L Doctor of Physical Therapy thunsaker@mail.fresnostate.edu
Karle, Laura C Masters of Physical Therapy lkarle@mail.fresnostate.edu
Lentell, Gary L Doctor of Physical Therapy garyl@csufresno.edu 559.278.2065
Martin, Robert K Doctor of Philosophy robertm@csufresno.edu 559.278.3008
Nervik, Deborah A Second Doctor of Philosophy dnervik@csufresno.edu 559.278.4456
O'Sullivan, Kevin G Master of Arts kosullivan@csufresno.edu
Paris, Jan E Bachelor of Science jparis@csufresno.edu
Rivera, Monica J Doctor of Physical Therapy morivera@csufresno.edu
Roos, Jennifer M Masters of Physical Therapy jroos@csufresno.edu
Sawdon-Bea, Jenna M Doctor of Philosophy jsbea@csufresno.edu 559.278.6376
Singh, Bhupinder Doctor of Philosophy bhsingh@csufresno.edu
Thompson, Marcia J Doctorate of Science marciat@csufresno.edu 559.278.1642
Trueblood, Peggy R Doctor of Philosophy peggyt@csufresno.edu 559.278.3008
Tyner, Toni M Master of Health Science tonit@csufresno.edu 559.278.4862
Winans, Stacy L Doctor of Physical Therapy tnschic11@mail.fresnostate.edu
Zarrinkhameh, Leslie T Doctor of Physical Therapy lzarrinkhameh@csufresno.edu