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Department of Physical Therapy

PT program graduate with THA patient

The Physical Therapy curriculum is designed to prepare entry-level physical therapists to become an integral part of the medical rehabilitation team. Successful completion of the degree requirements and clinical internships qualifies one to write the State of California licensing examination to practice as a physical therapist.

The program is within the College of Health and Human Services .

MIssion

To prepare entry-level physical therapists who demonstrate exemplary critical thinking and clinical skills and are able to address the societal needs of a diverse community while adhering to the evolving professional standards of practice.

Vision

To graduate clinical doctorate physical therapists who are highly-valued professionals who practice autonomously in a highly diverse community.  Graduates will provide care in consideration of scientific evidence and will assume social responsibility in their communities.

Graduation Rate:

  • 2006-2008: 94%

  • 2009:83%

  • 2010: 86%

  • 2011: 92%

  • 2012: 97%

MPT Program Learning Outcomes

  • To pass required clinical internships (Criteria).

    • Ultimate pass rate from 2007-2012 is100%.

  • To pass National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) required for practice.

    • Ultimate pass rate

    • 2007-2013: 100%

    • 2014: Students have not yet completed the MPT program.

Employment Rate:

  • 100% of those passing NPTE examination

DPT Student Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate comprehension of the foundational, behavioral and clinical sciences for application to the physical therapy clinical setting.
2. Demonstrate skills necessary for entry-level doctoral practice.
3. Apply principles of critical thinking and evidence based practice to clinical decision making.
4. Communicate in a professional manner to a diverse population in clinical settings.
5. Apply ethical and legal standards of practice to patient care.

Accreditation

California State University, Long Beach is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The MPT program and DPT program at CSULB is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

CAPTE has “standards that assure quality and continuous improvement in the entry-level preparation of physical therapists, and reflect the evolving nature of education, research, and practice."

Last CAPTE review: 2012: re-accredited for 10 years (the maximum).

School Ranking

While the Academic Council of the APTA recognizes that there are proprietary organizations that rank physical therapist education programs, the profession encourages prospective students to provide their own comparisons through careful examination of information on program and APTA websites, and visits to the campuses to talk with enrolled students and program faculty.

 

 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Bill O'Grady, BSPT CSULB, 1972, is nationally recognized for his expertise in the conservative management of pelvic and spinal disorders and has received many awards for his service to orthopaedic and manual therapy associations. Bill received the 2014 Catherine Worthingham Fellowship from APTA, the 2014 Paris Distinguished Service Award from the Orthopaedic Section, APTA, and the 2004 John McMennell Service Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. He will present Advanced Manipulative Therapy for the Spine and Extremities for the USC spine rehabilitation fellowship program.
  • Coury and Buehler Physical Therapy named winner of ADVANCEs 2013 Practice of the Year Award, a national award for physical therapy practices. The practice is co-owned by Richard Coury and CSULB MPT graduate Brandon Buehler.

CPTA 2013

  • CSULB DPT students and faculty attend the CPTA conference in Pasadena in September, 2013.
  • PT@The Beach The CSULB Physical Therapy Faculty Practice opened its doors on September 9th, 2013.
  • CSULB PT graduate, Silverton Nguyen, receives CPTA "Rising Star Award".