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California State University, Fresno

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2014-15

Crystal Bishop
DPT Admissions Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Fresno
2345 E San Ramon Ave., M/S MH 29
Fresno, CA  93740
559-278-5027
559-278-6579
crcano@csufresno.edu
http://www.fresnostate.edu/physicaltherapy

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline10/15/2014
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

1. CSU Graduate Online Application [REQUIRED]: www.csumentor.edu
Application is available beginning October 1, 2014. Department filing deadline is November 30, 2014.

2. Fall 2015 Fresno State DPT Application Instructions [MUST READ]:
http://www.fresnostate.edu/chhs/physical-therapy/policies-forms/applications.html

3. Fall 2015 Fresno State DPT Admission Prerequisite Coursework Form (Supplemental Form) [REQUIRED]
Deadline: October 15, 2014
http://www.fresnostate.edu/chhs/physical-therapy/policies-forms/applications.html


Program Requirements:
Applicants must have an overall minimum 3.0 GPA for the 9 required prerequisite courses and upper division GPA of bachelor degree must also be a 3.0 or higher. A minimum of 100 total observation hours under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist (with a minimum of 20 hours in a general in-patient setting) are required. GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and submissions of the supplemental form, a PTCAS application and a CSU Mentor application are required.  If the above criteria are met, applicants will be invited for an interview the first part of February 2015. Students with incomplete applications will not be considered.

Professional Material Fee: Applicants are required to pay a $100 professional material fee upon receiving a program offer.

EARLY DECISION

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$55.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes
Description of supplemental requirements* For CSU Graduate Online Application, go to www.csumentor.edu

* For Fresno State DPT Application Instructions, go to link above.

* For Fresno State DPT Admission Prerequisite Coursework Form, go to link above.



Supplemental requirement 1Official transcripts
Supplemental requirement 2Official GRE scores sent to codes 7798 and 4312
Supplemental requirement 3Admission Prerequisite Coursework Form
Deadline for supplemental materials10/15/2014
Link to supplemental forms or instructionshttp://www.csumentor.edu

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?

COURSE PREREQUISITES

General informationApplicants must have completed or be currently enrolled in a minimum of 7 of the 9 specified prerequisite courses at time of application (fall term). 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. All 9 prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of spring term.

Applicants must receive a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course and maintain a total prerequisite GPA of 3.0. An overall GPA of 3.0 on all upper-division coursework of bachelor’s degree is also required. 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 2014 semester will be counted toward ranking of candidates for selection into the graduate program.

Recommended Course: Medical Terminology.
* If an applicant is accepted, the course must be completed the summer prior to fall admission.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructionshttp://www.fresnostate.edu/chhs/physical-therapy/policies-forms/app-requirements.html
 
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.  A&P: Human*
A&P: SEPARATE courses*
Human Anatomy lecture and lab. Must be separate course.

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

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.  Chemistry: Inorganic
Overall Chemistry requirement: (2 semesters/3 quarters)

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.  Chemistry: Organic
Overall Chemistry Requirement: (2 semesters/3 quarters)

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.  Physics I
Physics with lab including mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity.

Overall Physics requirement: (2 semesters/ 3 quarters)


Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.  Physics II
Physics with lab including mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity.

Overall Physics requirement: (2 semesters/ 3 quarters)


Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.  A&P: Human*
A&P: SEPARATE courses*
Human Physiology lecture and lab. Must be separate course.

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

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Psychology: General
General or Introductory Psychology

(1 semester/4 quarters units)

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Psych Aspects of Disability
Psychological Aspects of Disability (Preferred) or Abnormal Psychology

(1 semester/4 quarter units)

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.  Mathematics: Statistics
Any Introduction to Statistics course

(1 semester/4 quarter units)

Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7798
University GRE Code4312
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/1/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle10/1/2009
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  150  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  150  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.5  
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsPTCAS applicants must arrange for ETS to send official GRE scores to 7798 (PTCAS code for CSUF PT program) AND 4312 (CSUF university code).

REFERENCES

Number of references required by program3
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1 X  
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
Professor X  
Academic   X 
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X
PTA   X
Pre-PT Advisor   X
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X
Clergy   X
Other   X
Additional information about program's reference requirementsArrange for three (3) letters of recommendation (LORs) to be sent to PTCAS on your behalf; one and/or two must be from a licensed physical therapist and a non-physical therapy professor (preference). A single 3rd accepted reference may be from the list above. Fresno State PT Department faculty including IHRS faculty reference letters are NOT accepted.

You are strongly discouraged from sending a fourth letter to PTCAS as only 3 LORs are considered by the program.

PT OBSERVATION HOURS

Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours10/1/2014
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceRequired
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementProvide evidence of knowledge of physical therapy through employment, volunteer work, or observation in a physical therapy department for a minimum of 100 hours. 20 hours must be in a general in-patient setting (50 acute hours preferred); 80 hours may be in a special area of practice. All observation hours must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

All hours must be reported separately and not in a combined form.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.60 
Upper-division Coursework of Bachelor's Degree 3.00  
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsApplicants must receive a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course and maintain a total prerequisite GPA of 3.0. An overall GPA of 3.0 on all upper-division coursework of bachelor's degree is also required. 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 2014 semester will be counted toward ranking of candidates for selection into the graduate program. Applicants must hold or be eligible to receive a bachelor's degree by the end of the spring semester prior to admission to the program.

FOREIGN APPLICANTS & TRANSCRIPTS

Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkDo not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Send foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkInternational students cannot be admitted to the DPT program 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 including 20 in-patient hours, and

(3) the applicant must be available in the spring semester prior to fall semester admission for an interview.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class8/21/2015
Size of most recent entering class32
Anticipated size of next entering class32
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted94%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted0%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted6%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted0%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted0%
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Programhttps://www.facebook.com/FresnoStatePT

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

California State University, Fresno has a well-established graduate program in physical therapy. The Physical Therapy faculty members are an impressive group devoted to their students and the profession of Physical Therapy. Collectively, they are a professionally and personally diverse group with expertise in geriatrics, pediatrics, neurophysiology and neuro-rehab, clinical orthopedics, manual therapy, anatomy, exercise science, biomechanics, motor learning and motor control, electrophysiology, research methods and statistics. The faculty members 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 in collaboration with our students.

Students attending Fresno State will have an opportunity to work with faculty members in diverse research and clinical environments including fall reduction in the older adult, balance and gait, partial body weight treadmill training, shoulder injuries and intervention for high school swimmers, outcome measures in post total knee replacements, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, gaze stabilization in athletes, biomechanics research in obese children, effects of language barriers on outcome measures in physical therapy, gait training in Parkinson's disease, and normative EMG data. State-of-the-art equipment, including the HUMAC NORM Isokinetic System, EquiTest Computerized Dynamic Posturography and Balance Master by NeuroCom International, Inc, 8 channel surface EMG (Noraxon), 3 D motion analysis (Optotrak), Kistler force plates, Quinton Q-Stress, Metabolic Measurement System, Diagnostic Ultrasound, 2 adult and 2 pediatric lite-gait units for partial body weight treadmill training are available for faculty and students as part of our Gait, Balance, and Mobility Research and Education Center and Orthopedic Biomechanics Gait Analysis Lab. In addition, faculty and students have access to the newly updated Human Performance Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology for metabolic and body composition analysis.

The faculty are dedicated educators and highly accessible. In addition to the eight 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 Gait, Balance, and Mobility Education and Research Center that contains state-of-the-art equipment for testing and treating patients. In addition, faculty and students are involved in our Musculoskeletal clinic that provides physical therapy services for students on campus.

The aim of the DPT program at Fresno State is to create a preeminent center of learning and discovery in physical therapy at the clinical doctoral level to prepare physical therapists to meet new health care demands. To achieve this, the curriculum is designed over 3 years including summers. Students enter the program as a cohort with courses offered once a year. The program requires a total of 110 units with students maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the program. Students accepted in the DPT are required to complete a Medical Terminology course the summer prior. The DPT program requires passing all coursework, a case report presentation at the end of the second year, satisfactory completion of 30 weeks of full-time clinical externships, and successful completion of an evidenced based research position paper with an oral presentation during their third year in lieu of the dissertation. Students are eligible to take the national licensing examination only after the successful completion of the DPT program. Throughout the curriculum there is a strong emphasis on an evidence-based clinical approach to patient
care. Students will learn to be consumers of literature and know how to critique research evidence as it applies to patient care. Learning activities will center on active student involvement through clinical coursework, case studies, clinical investigations, literature critiques, and patient care.
Last Updated: 08/04/2014