Doctor of Physical Therapy Admission Requirements

To apply to the Fresno State's DPT Program, a student must complete ALL items below:

Bachelor's Degree

Hold or be eligible to receive a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university by the end of the spring semester/quarter prior to admission to the program. Any major is accepted.

Undergraduate Upper Division GPA

An overall GPA of 3.0 on all completed upper-division coursework. AP credit CR/NR grades, correspondence courses or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements.

Prerequisite Courses (9 Total)

Have completed or be currently enrolled in a minimum of 7/9 prerequisite courses at time of application (see table below). Please note all 9 prerequisite courses must be completed at the end of spring semester prior to matriculation. 

Receive a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course and maintain a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0

All science courses must include laboratories and cannot be at an introductory level. Human Anatomy and Physiology must be taken from the Anatomy, Physiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology or Zoology department. Combined Human Anatomy and Physiology courses will be considered only if a combined course sequence (2 semesters or 2/3 quarters) is completed.

AP credit, CR/NC grades, correspondence courses, or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. 

Course equivalencies: If prerequisite courses are taken at a school other than Fresno State, please ensure they are equivalent through (for California universities).  If you have a course taken out of state, please contact the Admissions Assistant at to ensure equivalency.  You will need the name of the institution, course number, term/year, course description, and syllabus.

Spring Planned Prerequisites: 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.  You will need to send verification of planned enrollment and a class schedule or confirmation of enrollment in December.

Prerequisite Repeat Policy: No course may be repeated more than one (1) time and no more than three (3) prerequisite courses may be repeated.

Coursework older than 7 years is not accepted.  If you need to retake a course because it is over 7 years old, it does not count as a repeated course.  For the current application cycle for admission for Fall 2017, courses taken in 2009 are accepted, while courses taken in 2008 are NOT accepted. 

Course Fresno State Students Non-Fresno State Students

Human Anatomy


Biol 64

(Combined Anatomy and Physiology, Biol 67A and 67B)- Starting Fall 2016


Human anatomy with lab

(1 semester or 1/2 quarters,  5/6 quarter units)

*No online courses.

Human Physiology

Biol 65

(Combined Anatomy and Physiology, Biol 67A and 67B)- Starting Fall 2016

Human physiology with lab

(1 semester or 1/2 quarters,  5/6 quarter units)

*No online courses.


Chem 1A, 1AL, 1B, 1BL series


Chem 3A/3B/3BL series

General Chemistry series or Inorganic and organic series or bio-chemistry series (all with labs)

(2 semesters/3 quarters)

*No online courses.


Phys 2A, 2B

Physics with lab including mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity

(2 semesters/3 quarters)

*No online courses.

Psychology (General, Intro, Developmental, or Life Span)

Psych 10, Psych 123, Psych 155

General psychology, developmental psychology or life span psychology accepted.

(1 semester/4 quarters units)

*Online courses accepted.

Abnormal Psychology or 
Psychological Aspects of Disability

Psych 66 or 169

Abnormal Psychology or Psychological Aspects of Disability

(1 semester/4 quarter units)

*Online courses accepted.


PH 92 or 
Math 11

Any Introduction to basic statistics course

(1 semester/4 quarter units)

*Online courses accepted.

*Fresno State students: The Chemistry Department does not allow students to take the Chem 3 series after already taken or attempted the Chem 1 series.

Standardized Test Scores

Submit full GRE test scores. Take the GRE before date below and arrange for ETS to send your official GRE scores directly to PTCAS Fresno State at code: 7798.  

Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle 9/15/2016
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle 9/15/2011

Observation Experience

Provide evidence of knowledge of physical therapy through employment, volunteer work, or observation (under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist) in a physical therapy department for a minimum of 100 hours; twenty (20) hours of which must be in general in-patient care setting.

It is REQUIRED to have all of your observation hours completed and verified by a licensed physical therapist by the PTCAS application deadline.  

Observation hours that are planned to be completed or are completed after the PTCAS deadline will not be accepted.  No consideration will be given to hours projected beyond the application deadline date.

  • Preferred method: Log on to PTCAS to verify your PT observation hours by using the online PT Hours signature process; submit by the PTCAS application deadline. No Exception.
  • If needed, the PT Observation Hours paper option is also available on the PTCAS website for signature; send the signed form to PTCAS.

Strength of Professional Evaluations

Three (3) letters of recommendation (LORs) are REQUIRED

Arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent to PTCAS on your behalf.

(1) is REQUIRED to be from a licensed physical therapist. Fresno State physical therapy faculty are not acceptable references.

(1) is REQUIRED to be from a professor, who you have taken a course from

(1) can be either an additional physical therapist, an additional professor, or an employer

If you submit more letters than required, only 3 LORs are considered.  A complete list of acceptable reference sources is available here.

Prefered method: Use the electronic reference process on PTCAS and submit by PTCAS application deadline. If needed, the paper reference option is available on the PTCAS website. An original letter must accompany the reference request form in order to be accepted and must be in a sealed envelope on official institutional or business stationary. (SEE BELOW FOR PTCAS MAILING ADDRESS

In-Person Interview

  • Fresno State DPT program only interviews up to 160 applicants, therefore, meeting the foregoing criteria does not guarantee an applicant an interview. 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.

**Late and incomplete applications will be not considered**