Graduate Studies (DPT)
Admissions to Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate Program
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a three-year (eight semesters) full-time course of study. Completion of graduate-level course of study leads to the granting of the DPT degree. This new education standard for physical therapy prepares graduates to practice autonomously in preparation for direct access. The DPT is the required degree to become a licensed physical therapist as of 2015. The DPT program focuses on critical thinking strategies that promote effective analysis and interpretation of data in the formulation of treatment alternatives that can achieve predictable functional outcomes in patient management.
Individuals must possess a baccalaureate degree and complete all prerequisite requirements prior to beginning the professional program. Following successful completion of the professional curriculum, the student receives the DPT degree. Completion of a postgraduate internship is required to be eligible to seek a license to practice Physical Therapy in the state of California.
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International students cannot be admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) prior to coming to the United States for several reasons: 1) the application for the DPT program requires completion of 9 prerequisite courses (with a C or above) to be taken at a U.S. institution, 2) the required 100 contact hours with a licensed physical therapist must be in the United States (20 hours must be in-patient hours), and 3) the applicant must be available in the Spring Semester prior to Fall Semester admission for an interview on our campus.
The 3 year DPT program is impacted (only 32 students are accepted per year).
If you would like to pursue applying to the graduate program in Physical Therapy at Fresno State, we recommend you first come to the United States and verify your bachelor's degree through our International Services on campus. If the bachelor's degree is from an accredited university and accepted for Fresno State, you could then enroll in a community college or 4-year university to complete the prerequisites. In addition, you must complete a minimum of 100 observation hours (20 hours must be in-patient hours) under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist in the United States, complete your GRE, complete an application packet through PTCAS, a national on-line application service, in fall semester to apply the following fall semester and participate in an interview on campus with the faculty during the spring semester. Students are notified of acceptance in spring semester to start the DPT program the following fall semester. There is no guarantee of admission to the graduate Physical Therapy degree program.
Or, an international student pursuing the graduate program in Physical Therapy, could enroll at Fresno State as an undergraduate student in a specific program. A student can receive a bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A.) in any major as long as he/she has also completed the 9 prerequisites listed on our website to be considered for admission. You would still be required to complete a minimum of 100 observation hours (20 hours must be in-patient hours) under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist in the United States, complete the GRE, complete an application packet through PTCAS, a national on-line application service, in fall semester to apply the following fall semester and participate in an interview on campus with the faculty during the spring semester. Students are notified of acceptance in spring semester to start the DPT program the following fall semester. There is no guarantee of admission to the graduate Physical Therapy degree program.
For more details on how to apply to the program, please contact a faculty advisor once you arrive in Fresno.
The graduate program is not a post-professional program for currently practicing professionals. If you are already a physical therapist, having graduated from a PT program outside of the United States, our program would duplicate much of your Physical Therapy education. The type of program you are looking for would be a Post-professional Education program. You may obtain information about those programs from the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax, Alexandria, VA 22314) or from their website at www.apta.org.