Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Fresno State Department of Physical Therapy
On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Physical Therapy, welcome to our home page. We are very proud of our students, faculty and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program within the department. This is a very exciting time as you investigate the profession of Physical Therapy. Our Physical Therapy Program offers a progressive, professional Physical Therapy graduate education. Our mission is to prepare graduates to become competent adaptable, and compassionate Physical Therapy practitioners of the highest quality committed to life-long learning, self-development, and critical inquiry. We have a distinguished history of achieving our mission and serving the community. We offer a 3 year post-baccalaureate DPT degree for graduates entering the profession of physical therapy. We do not have future plans to offer a transitional DPT (tDPT) for practicing clinicians.
A student can complete a bachelor's degree in any field to apply to the entry-level DPT program. Please see the prospective student website for specific requirements for eligibility.
The Physical Therapy faculty members are an impressive group devoted to our students and the profession of Physical Therapy. Collectively, we are a professionally and personally diverse group with expertise in geriatrics, pediatrics, neurophysiology and neuro-rehab, orthopedics, manual therapy, anatomy, pharmacology, exercise science, biomechanics, gait, research methods, evidence-based practice and professional foundations. We have vast clinical expertise in all major areas of practice. The majority of faculty conducts research on an on-going basis and routinely present and publish work. Faculty members are highly visible and active in the American Physical Therapy Association and the community. The faculty are dedicated educators and highly accessible. In addition to the nine full-time physical therapist faculty members, many other professionals contribute to the Program including physicians, physical therapists, and other health care professionals. We are very fortunate to have a community that is supportive of this program achieving its mission with our students.
The curriculum is contemporary and innovative. Students learn in small class sizes in well-equipped classroom facilities. They have ongoing patient contact in the Program such as patients visiting the classroom and regular trips to local clinics, as well as our on-campus clinics. We have a Gait, Balance, and Mobility Education and Research Center that contains state-of-the-art equipment for testing and treating clients with balance, vestibular and mobility problems. As part of this clinic, students also participate in an outreach community project focused on providing free comprehensive balance screenings to seniors at risk for falls. Our students also participate in the Musculoskeletal Clinic located in the Student Health Center providing physical therapy services under the direction of clinical faculty to Fresno State students.
Students also complete 3 full-time clinical internships off camps during the summer between the first and second year and between the second and third year. The final internship is during the spring semester of the third year. Students are also required to pass a qualifying exam at the end of their second year inclusive of a patient case report demonstrating appropriate clinical decision making. The culmination for the DPT is an evidence-based practice DPT project required in the final semester of the third year.
Following successful completion of the curriculum, qualifying exam, DPT project and 30 weeks of full-time internships, students are eligible for state licensure.
As one of the public schools within California, Fresno State's program is most affordable. Graduates of the Programs are our ambassadors. We have a 100% overall pass rate for the licensure examination. Our graduates are regularly employed within weeks of seeking employment. They are employed in diverse settings such as hospitals, outpatient facilities, nursing homes, and private practices. Many of our graduates have assumed leadership positions in the professional association, several have gone on to pursue advanced degrees, and most are still actively practicing Physical Therapy either full or part-time. Many of our graduates have assumed administrative positions in clinical settings, including ownership of private practices. Many of our clinical instructors are our own graduates and some have assumed academic teaching responsibilities in the program. Several have achieved Clinical Specialist Certification and many of our past graduates have now completed a tDPT.
On behalf of the faculty of the Physical Therapy Program, I welcome you as you investigate Fresno State's Physical Therapy program.
Peggy R. Trueblood, PhD, PT
Professor and Department Chair
Phone: (559) 278-3008