Program Profile

California State University, Fresno


Ashley Hart, MPA
DPT Admissions Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Fresno
5315 N. Campus Drive, M/S PT29
Fresno, CA  93740


PTCAS application deadline10/02/2017
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

1. Fall 2018 Fresno State DPT Application Instructions [Please read on Fresno State website]:
2. CSU Graduate Online Application [Complete by January 15, 2018]:
Timeline for Fresno State DPT Application Process
July 2017: PTCAS Applications Open
September 15, 2017: Last Accepted GRE Test Date.  GRE tests taken after this date will not be accepted. 
October 2, 2017: Fresno State PTCAS Applications Due: Observation Hours must be completed prior to the deadline and verified by the deadline.  Letters of Recommendation and GRE scores must be submitted to PTCAS by the application deadline.  
July-December 2017: Application Review Period: All applicants, whose application is verified by PTCAS, can expect to receive an email application acknowledgment within 4-5 weeks of application submission or deadline, whichever occurs first by the applicant.
*Please note that if an applicant does not receive an email application acknowledgment by early December, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the Physical Therapy Department. Late acknowledgment from the applicant will not be reviewed. No exceptions!
Mid-December 2017: Interview Decisions will be emailed through PTCAS
December 2017-January 2018: Applicants Update Fall 2017 Course Grades through PTCAS Academic Update, Send official transcripts to PTCAS
January 15, 2018: CSU Mentor Application Deadline.  Send all transcripts and GRE scores to Fresno State Graduate Admissions. 
January/February 2018: Interview and Visitation Day will be scheduled, see Fresno State website for specific date


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If a document upload is required, submit through the "Program Materials" section of the application. Document uploads must be submitted by the program's application deadline.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount$55.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Description of supplemental requirementsCSU Graduate Online Application [Complete by January 15,2018]:
Deadline for supplemental materials1/15/2018
Link to supplemental forms or instructions


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
To view the school-specific (custom) questions, select the program on the "Program Selection" screen of the application, go to the "Program Materials" section, and select "Questions". Not all programs have school-specific questions.


After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General informationBeginning with the 2017-2018 PTCAS Admissions Cycle, in-progress and planned Winter or Spring prerequisite courses will not be allowed. Additionally, applicants can only have 2 prerequisite courses in progress during the fall term in which they are applying. All 9 prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the fall term in which the PTCAS application is submitted. Applicants with prerequisite courses planned for Spring 2018 will have an incomplete application and not be considered for admission.

Applicants must receive a grade of C or better in each prerequisite course and maintain a minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0. An overall GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate coursework is also required. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade. AP credit, CR/NC grades, or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. No course may be repeated more than one (1) time and only 3 repeated courses can be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA. Coursework older than 7 years is not accepted and is required to be retaken, but does not count as a repeated course.

Out of State Prerequisite Course Equivalency (Optional): If you have one or more prerequisite courses taken out of state (non-CA), see the document upload directions for CSU-Fresno on the "Program Materials" section of the 2017-2018 PTCAS application.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Bachelor's degree is required to be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to applying. Summer in-progress courses required for degree completion are not accepted.
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 3A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)*
A&P: Human*
Human Anatomy lecture and lab. *If part of a one year sequence with A&P II. Anatomy and physiology standalone courses are not accepted.* Lab must be in-person. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry I
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry: General
A year sequence of college level chemistry with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters) is required. Introductory chemistry courses are not accepted. Lab must be in-person. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry II
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry: General
A year sequence of college level chemistry with labs (2 semesters or 3 quarters) is required. Introductory chemistry courses are not accepted. Lab must be in-person. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
A year sequence of college physics with labs including mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity. Overall Physics requirement: (2 Semesters or 3 quarters). Lab must be in-person. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
A year sequence of college physics with labs including mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity. Overall Physics requirement: (2 semesters or 3 quarters). Lab must be in-person. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.  
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Human*
A&P: SEPARATE courses*
Human Physiology lecture and lab. Lab must be in-person. *If part of a one year sequence with A&P I. Anatomy and physiology standalone courses are not accepted.* Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psych Aspects of Disability
Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Physiological
Psychological Aspects of Disability or Abnormal Psychology Online courses accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Introduction
General, Introductory, Developmental, or Lifespan Psychology. Online courses accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.  
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
PubliHealth: Statistics
Sociology: Statistics 
Statistics course covering elementary probability models, sampling, descriptive measures, confidence intervals, testing hypotheses, chi-square, nonparametric methods, and regression. Online course accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.  


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7798
University GRE Code4312
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle9/15/2017
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle9/15/2012
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 requirementsApplicants must take the GRE General Test. Applicants must arrange for ETS to send official GRE scores to 7798 (PTCAS code for Fresno State PT program) by the application deadline of 10/02/2017.

*For the CSU Mentor Application, you will need to submit an additional set of official GRE scores directly to Fresno State Graduate Admissions. (GRE Code 4312), deadline of 1/15/2018.

There is currently no minimum GRE score required to apply.


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
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; (1) one must be from a licensed physical therapist and (1) one must be from a non-physical therapy professor who taught you in a course. The 3rd accepted reference must be from the list above (additional PT, additional professor, academic, or Supervisor/Employer).

Fresno State Physical Therapy Department faculty reference letters are NOT accepted.


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours10/2/2017
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 inpatient setting; 80 hours may be in a special area of practice. All observation hours must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and are required to be verified through PTCAS.

Verification of all hours must be completed by the application deadline of 10/2/2017. Hours completed after the application deadline will not be considered.

All hours must be reported separately by each verifying physical therapist and not in a combined form. If you are using the paper option, the PTCAS form for observation hours is required. A log of volunteer hours is not accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to have their PT observation hours verified electronically through PTCAS at the time they apply, rather than use a paper form. However, applicants with PT hours previously verified on a PTCAS paper form, are not required to have those hours reverified using the new 2017-2018 form. Once ready to apply, follow the steps for paper PT signatures. Non-PTCAS forms and logs of hours are not accepted.

Link to PTCAS Observation Hours Paper Form: Download from Fresno State Website.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00  
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.60 
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 undergraduate coursework of bachelor's degree is also required. AP credit, CR/NC grades, international, or independent study courses cannot be used for prerequisite requirements. Contact the department regarding study abroad prerequisites. All prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Fall 2017 semester. Prerequisites planned for Spring 2018 are not accepted.

Applicants must hold or be eligible to receive a bachelor's degree by the end of the spring semester/quarter prior to admission to the program.


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) courseworkSend WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Send WES 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.


Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class8/22/2018
Size of most recent entering class34
Anticipated size of next entering class34
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted91%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted9%
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California State University, Fresno has a well-established and respected Doctoral program in physical therapy. The Physical Therapy faculty members are an outstanding group of educators devoted to their student learning 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, and women’s health. 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, stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation, use of technology in neuro-rehab, shoulder injuries and intervention for high school swimmers, electrical stimulation, osteoporosis, pre and post-concussion testing and intervention, biomechanics research in obese children, infant movement analysis, effects of language barriers on outcome measures in physical therapy, and gait training in Parkinson's disease.

Department classrooms and laboratories include state-of-the-art equipment to support both teaching and research, including three research laboratories: the Gait Analysis Movement Evaluation (GAME) laboratory; Pediatric Motor Control Research laboratory; and the Neuroscience Research laboratory as an extension of our Gait, Balance, and Mobility Research and Education Center (GBMC). The GBMC is one of two on-campus clinics that provide a unique opportunity for our graduate PT students to integrate classroom learning into patient care very early on in the curriculum. The GAME lab is currently equipped to do biomechanical research with technology that includes 3-D movement analysis, force production and measurement of muscle activity. Students and faculty can measure gait and movement using our Zeno Walkway by Protokinetics or the use of accelerometers. The lab is also equipped with an instrumented treadmill system, as well as equipment for cardiopulmonary and exercise physiology testing. The Neuroscience Research lab is equipped with state-of-the art dynamic posturography systems including both the Balance Master by NeuroCom International, Inc and the new Bertec Balance Advantage System. In addition to testing, the Bertec system also offers unique intervention for people with balance impairments using virtual reality. Students also have the opportunity to treat using functional electrical stimulation as a restorative therapy for people with loss of mobility. And, most recently we received the Galileo, a whole body vibration training device for use in our GBMC and for research.

The GBMC also has both adult and pediatric treadmill systems with overhead harnesses as well as the Bertec static forceplate systems for balance testing and training. The GBMC is a unique learning environment where students are exposed to cutting-edge treatment techniques and research, as well as an opportunity to treat clients with complex neurological conditions.

Faculty also have access to our college’s high-fidelity patient simulation laboratory where students are exposed to computerized manikins that simulate real life scenarios for teaching. Another unique feature at Fresno State is the opportunity to work in an interprofessional team with Nursing, Kinesiology, and Pharmacy students during a community based fall prevention program. Other service learning opportunities such as participating in adaptive sports, attending our Amputee Clinic or developing wellness programs in the community are available throughout the curriculum.

In addition to our GBMC on-site clinic we have the Musculoskeletal Care Clinic where students begin as early as the first year to receive hands on opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom in an orthopedic and sports medicine patient population. The program also has a human cadaver laboratory with an overhead dissecting camera system. In Fall 2015 the Department made its new home in a state-of-the-art new building, which expanded facilities to include two additional large teaching laboratories, as well as new faculty /staff offices, and student/faculty conference spaces with lockers.

The faculty are dedicated educators and highly accessible. In addition to the ten full-time physical therapist faculty members many other professionals contribute to the Program including physicians, physical therapists, and other health care professionals. The curriculum is contemporary and innovative. Students learn in small class sizes in well-equipped classroom facilities. We are very fortunate to have a community that is supportive of this program achieving its mission with our students.

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 qualifying exam at the end of the second year, satisfactory completion of 30 weeks of full-time clinical externships, and successful completion of a culminating DPT project 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 interaction and care.
Last Updated: 06/05/2017