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Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA  91330-8411


PTCAS application deadline10/01/2015
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates
  • Firm Application Deadline: October 1, 2015
  • Application updates made after the deadline will not be considered.
  • The department does not conduct personal applicant interviews.
  • To receive a campus tour, please attend one of our scheduled Group Advisements (schedule on our website).


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


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

Supplemental FEE required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount$55.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirementsThe CSUMentor (CSUN Graduate School) application is for selected applicants only. Do NOT apply to CSUMentor until you have been notified of acceptance to our program or a position on our wait list. Status notifications are sent via email.
Deadline for supplemental materials 


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


General informationPlease view our "Program Prerequisites" Sheet on our website for the prerequsite requirements.

Applicants must meet all requirements inorder to be eligible.
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 instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
AnatomyIntroNoReq.SH: 3
QH: 4
A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Any Human or Animal Anatomy with a lab is acceptable. A human cadaver lab is recommended.

If Anatomy and Physiology are combined, the course must be 2 semesters (8 semester units or 10 quarter units). If only one semester of a combined course is taken it will count as only Physiology.
Biology / Biological ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 5
Biology: Any
Any Biology course with a lab is acceptable.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry I
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
General Chemistry
Chemistry course with a lab. Introductory Chemistry courses are NOT accepted.  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry II
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
General Chemistry II
2nd Chemistry course with a lab. Introductory Chemistry courses are NOT accepted.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Physics: General
Physics course with a lab. Introductory Physics courses are NOT accepted.  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
Physics: General
2nd Physics course with a lab. Introductory Physics courses are NOT accepted.  
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4
QH: 5
A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Neurophysiology
A&P: Pathophysiology
A&P: Physiology
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Any Human or Animal Physiology with a lab. Exercise Physiology is NOT accepted as a substitute.

If Anatomy and Physiology are combined, the course must be 2 semesters (8 semester units or 10 quarter units). If only one semester of a combined course is taken it will count as only Physiology units) or three quarters.  
PsychologyIntroNoNot Req.SH: 3
QH: 4
Psychology: Any
Any Psychology course is acceptable.  
PsychologyUpper DivisionNoNot Req.SH: 3
QH: 4
Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Advanced
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: General I
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Psychology: Sports
2nd Psychology course. Upper Division, Developmental or Specialized Psychology courses only. A second Introductory or General Psychology will not be accepted.
Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology is highly recommended.
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3
QH: 4
Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Any statistics course is acceptable.  


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code7794
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle9/29/2015
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle1/1/2010
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  158  
Verbal reasoning % score  57%  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  160  
Quantitative reasoning % score  58%  
Analytical writing scaled score3.0  4.0  
Analytical writing % score  50%  
Additional information about program's GRE requirements- Submit your official GRE scores to code #7794 for the “California St U Northridge Phys Therapy”.

- Do NOT mail your GRE scores to our department directly.

- Your official scores must be received by PTCAS before the October 1st deadline. Allow enough time (between your test date and our deadline) for your scores to be processed and mailed.

GRE Requirements:
- The GRE is required for every applicant.

- A minimum 3.0 on Analytic writing portion of the GRE is required.

- If your cumulative Undergraduate GPA is under a 3.0, you must score above the 50th percentile on either the Verbal or Quantitative portion in-order to be eligible.

- GRE must be taken within 5 years (scores before 2010 will not be accepted).


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-1X   
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 requirementsAll PT references must include the license number and state in which the Physical Therapist is licensed.


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED200
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours10/1/2015
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementA minimum of 200 hours under a licensed Physical Therapist is required. All 200 hours must be "COMPLETED" and verified by the application deadline. "PLANNED" hours will not be counted.

A licensed PT must verify your hours, this can be done with the electronic form on PTCAS. A valid PT license number must be provided.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.65 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.63 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsIf the Undergraduate Cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, then the student must score above the 50th percentile on at least one section of the GRE in order to be eligible (University Graduate School Requirement).


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?No
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
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 coursework* Our DPT Program is entry-level and is not appropriate for those who are already trained as physical therapists. It is designed for individuals who want to become eligible for licensure as a physical therapist within the United States (U.S.) and who have completed at least a Bachelor’s Degree. Even if you are a trained PT in another country, you must meet and complete all of same requirements as all applicants.

* Transcripts must be translated and evaluated then send foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS.

* Please see "International Applicant Information" sheet on our website:


Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/28/2016
Size of most recent entering class32
Anticipated size of next entering class32
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted97%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted0%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted2%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted0%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted1%
Additional information about the class profileProgram DOES NOT give any preference to IN-STATE or OUT-OF-STATE applicants or applicants who are currently enrolled within the university.
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Welcome to the Department of Physical Therapy at California State University, Northridge offering an entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree. CSUN's Physical Therapy program is proud of its forty-five year history of graduating outstanding Physical Therapists who serve the public in the State of California and throughout the United States. CSUN's PT program has maintained accreditation throughout its history. We have continued accreditation and recently were revisited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education for review. Our Graduation Rate is 97% and an average of 95% pass rate on the Board Exam taken the first time. Ninety-nine percent of our students are employed within 6 months. Our first DPT cohort will graduate in 2015.

Physical therapists are licensed medical professionals who provide services aimed at preventing the onset and/or slowing the progression of conditions resulting from injury, disease, and other causes. There are more than 120,000 licensed physical therapists in the US practicing in a variety of settings.

Our full time, 3 year program begins in the Fall (late August) of each year; we only accept students in the Fall. Acceptance into the DPT program requires a Bachelor's Degree prior to beginning the first semester of courses. The Bachelor's Degree may be in any field (except Physical Therapy) and from any accredited college or university, as long as the other CSUN admissions requirements are fulfilled. Students should select and complete a major in which they have an interest and in which they can also make progress in completing the prerequisite courses for Physical Therapy. A Master’s degree is not required to apply.

Please explore our website at for detailed information about our program, including the list of our DPT curriculum on our PT Department Brochure. You should plan to attend one of the regularly scheduled Group Advisement Sessions(Please see Group Advisement Schedule on our webpage). Interviews are not conducted as part of the Admissions process. The PTCAS essay is not required for our program but may be reviewed if submitted.

Thank you for your interest in the Program. We look forward to hearing from you!
Last Updated: 08/03/2015