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Physical Therapy

Graduate Programs

Master of Physical Therapy (code PT__MT01)

This program consists of 60-units preceded by a year of upper division prerequisites offered at the University. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and have completed specific lower division prerequisites. Following didactic course work, students complete a 24-week internship required for state licensure.

The MPT degree at California State University, Long Beach is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Requirements

Complete all prerequisites with a minimum of "C" and earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in upper-division prerequisites with a minimum of "B" in HHS 401 and BIOL 341.

Prerequisites

Natural Sciences:

  • Take all of the following:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)

Biological Sciences:

  • Take all the following courses:
    • BIOL 208 Human Anatomy (4)
    • BIOL 211 Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (4)
    • BIOL 211L Intro to Evolution and Diversity Lab (1)
    • BIOL 212 Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
    • BIOL 212L Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology Lab (1)
    • BIOL 341 Physiology for Therapists I (4)
    • BIOL 441 Physiology for Therapists II (3)
    • HHS 401 Applied Anatomy I (3)
    • HHS 402 Applied Anatomy II (3)
    • HHS 403 Tissue Mechanics and Aging (3)
    • HHS 460 Neuroanatomy (4)
    • HHS 471 Pathology (3)
  • Take either the following course:
    • BIOL 207 Human Physiology (4)
  • Or both of the following courses:
    • BIOL 213 Intro to Ecology and Physiology (4)
    • BIOL 213L Intro to Ecology and Physiology (1)

Biostatistics:

  • Take the following:
    • BIOL 260 Biostatistics (3) (preferred)

Behavioral Sciences:

  • Take both of the following:
    • PSY 100 General Psychology (3)
    • HHS 374 Professional Practice I: Interactions (3)

Core

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • PT 501 Musculoskeletal and Biomechanical Principles (4)
    • PT 502 Pathological Gait (1)
    • PT 503 Management of Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders I (3)
    • PT 504 Management of Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders II (4)
    • PT 505 Management of Human Growth and Dev (2)
    • PT 506 Exercise Physiology for Physical Therapy (2)
    • PT 507 Examination of Individuals with Neuromuscular Disorders (2)
    • PT 508 Management of the Pediatric Population (2)
    • PT 509 Management of the Cardiopulmonary System (3)
    • PT 510 Patient Management and Functional Training (2)
    • PT 511 Management of the Geriatric Population (3)
    • PT 512 Clinical Electrophysiology I (3)
    • PT 513 Clinical Electrophysiology II (2)
    • PT 515 Management of Individuals with Neuromuscular Disorders (2)
    • PT 522 Clinical Practice I (1)
    • PT 523 Clinical Practice II (1)
    • PT 524 Clinical Practice III (1)
    • PT 574 Professional Practice Issues (2)
    • PT 604 Health Care Issues I (2)
    • PT 605 Health Care Issues II (2)
    • PT 607 Seminar in Cardiopulmonary Clinical Decision Making (1)
    • PT 608 Neurologic Clinical Decision Making (1)
    • PT 620 Management of Patients with Orthotic and Prosthetic Needs (2)
    • PT 622 Clinical Pathophysiology (3)
    • PT 674 Clinical Problem Solving (1)
    • PT 696 Research Methods (2)
  • Take a total of 4 units of one of the following in semesters 2, 3, and 4:
    • PT 697 Directed Research Studies (1-4)
    • PT 698 Research Thesis/Project (1-4)
  • Take at least one of the following electives:
    • PT 590, 611, 619

Admission

The physical therapy masters program is open to all college graduates who have met prerequisite requirements and demonstrate academic promise and ability to perform at a satisfactory level during their graduate studies. Application deadline is January 14 for fall admission.

To be considered for acceptance into the graduate program, the applicant must:

  • 1. Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum of "C" and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all upper-division prerequisites with a minimum of "B" in HHS 401 and BIOL 341;
  • 2. Hold, or be eligible to hold, an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by an appropriate campus authority;
  • 3. Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  • 4. Submit results of the General Aptitude Section of the Graduate Record Examination (quantitative, verbal, and analytical), taken within the past 5 years;
  • 5. Provide academic and personal references as required;
  • 6. Provide documentation of personal experience in a variety of physical therapy settings; and
  • 7. Be recommended by the physical therapy faculty.
  • 8. All candidates whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competency in English. Refer to the CSULB Bulletin for requirements for completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The master's degree program is a 60-unit, four semester plus one summer session, full-time course of study followed by an internship of 12 units. The course of study is most appropriate for graduates with degrees in related fields but does not exclude the person holding a baccalaureate degree in physical therapy. Course work is designed for entry-level professional study.

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. Classified graduate student status.
  • 2. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • 3. A minimum 3.0 grade-point average in all program graduate work as well as a minimum overall 3.0 in all graduate work attempted.
  • 4. Be recommended by a faculty sponsor.
  • 5. Enrollment in regular session.
  • 6. Satisfactory completion of at least one semester of the program.

Admittance to Clinical Practice

  • 1. Complete all requirements for the master's at the time of application to clinical practice.
  • 2. Successfully complete one of the following:
    • A. Research Thesis or Project (PT 698)
    • B. Directed Studies (PT 697) with faculty advisor guidance.
  • 3. If choice B (above) is selected, student must also successfully complete a comprehensive examination.

Internship Requirements

  • Take 12 units of the following which must be completed to be eligible to take the state examination for licensure:
    • PT 525 Clinical Internship I (3)
    • PT 526 Clinical Internship II (3)
    • PT 527 Clinical Internship III (3)