California State University, Long Beach Department of Physical Therapy
1250 Bellflower Boulevard ET 130 Long Beach CA 90840-5603 United States
Phone+1 562.985.4072
Phone 2 +1 562.985.4072
CAPTE Accredited
Supplemental Requirements
Supplemental FEE required?
Supplemental fee amount
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Description of supplemental materials required
Applicants MUST simultaneously apply to the University through, and the PT Department through the APTAs PTCAS website
* CSULB's DPT Program application dates are from October 1, 2020 ends January 15, 2021, whereas 

* PTCAS application dates are from July 1, 2020 closes November 1, 2020.

Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended are sent directly to:

California State University Long Beach
Enrollment Services
1250 Bellflower Blvd., BH 101
Long Beach, CA 90840
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 1
CSULB's university application, CalStateApply, for Fall 2021 is submitted thru with non-refundable $70 application fee.
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 2
GRE score is sent directly to CSULB's Enrollment Services using GRE Code #4389.
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 3
Official transcripts from all Universities and Colleges attended are sent directly to CSULB's Enrollment Services, see address above.
Supplemental forms and materials required by program - item 4
Same personal statement submitted to PTCAS is acceptable. Please see link for any questions-
Deadline for Submission of Supplemental Materials
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Is GRE Required?
Your program's GRE codes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
University GRE code
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
The last recommended test date is 10/01/2020.
Minimum and average GRE scores
Verbal reasoning scaled score
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
Analytical writing scaled score
Reference Requirements
Physical Therapist-1
Applicant must send one reference from this specific type of evaluator
Physical Therapist-2
Evaluator type accepted
Professor in Major
Applicant must send one reference from this specific type of evaluator
Evaluator type accepted
Evaluator type accepted
Applicant must send one reference from this specific type of evaluator
Teaching Assistant
Evaluator type not accepted
Evaluator type not accepted
Pre-PT Advisor
Evaluator type accepted
Evaluator type not accepted
Health Care Professional
Evaluator type not accepted
Evaluator type not accepted
Family Member
Evaluator type not accepted
Evaluator type not accepted
Evaluator type not accepted
Evaluator type not accepted
Number of references required by program
Additional information about program's reference requirements
To fulfill program's requirement pertaining to references:

Three recommendation letters are required. 
1. Licensed Physical Therapist who has observed you in a clinic setting. For example, someone who has supervised you during your experience hours.
2. Academic Source can be any of the following: Professor in major or pre-requisite course, Academic counselor, Pre-PT advisor.
3. Supervisor/Employer preferred. If not able, the third letter must be from licensed physical therapist who has supervised you during your experience hours or an academic source.  
PT Observation Hours
Information about your PT requirements
* A variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences are recommended. 

* A minimum of 100 hours is required but the applicant can receive credit for up to 400 hours

* A minimum of 1 site is required but the applicant can receive credit for up to 4 different sites

* Having more than 400 hours and/or 4 sites will not negatively affect the applicant's score.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT Hours REQUIRED
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
GPA Requirements
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
Program-specific prerequisite
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
General Science prerequisites must have been completed in the last 10 years, except Human Anatomy and Physiology must have been completed in the last 5 years at the time of application.

A minimum of 3.00 is required for cumulative and pre-requisite GPAs.

Please see our website,, for more details.
Background Checks
Background check required prior to matriculation.
Program participates in PTCAS Background Check process through Certiphi Screening.
International Students
Program considers Canadian coursework?
Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS (recommended)
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Additional information for the foreign transcripts
Foreign transcripts must be sent directly to CSULB's Center for Professional and International Education, at
Are non-native English Speakers required to submit TOEFL scores?
Citizenship requirements
Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, Canadian citizens, Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa, Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens, Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

Send original foreign transcripts, Canadian transcripts, and TOEFL results to the Center for International Education, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd.,BH 201, Long Beach, CA 90840. Non-native English speakers must earn a TOEFL score >/= 80 (computer exam) or a GRE Analytical Writing score >/=4 for admission to the University if you obtained your Bachelor's degree from a non-U.S. university. Please note that all pre-requisite coursework must be completed in the U.S.