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Doctor of Physical Therapy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) Long Beach, CA, United States
The program is designed to prepare the student for entry-level doctoral practice as a physical therapist. Graduates are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private physical therapy clinics.
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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is open to all college graduates who have met prerequisite requirements and demonstrate sufficient preparation, potential for professional education and ability to perform the essential functions needed to practice as a physical therapist as determined by physical therapy faculty review of admission documents. Admission shall be granted on a competitive basis; meeting the admission requirements qualifies an individual for, but does not guarantee admission to the program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Anatomy for Physical Therapy
  • Tissue Mechanics
  • Biomechanical Principles
  • Physiology for Therapists
  • Physical Therapy across the Life Span
  • Motor learning and Motor Control
  • Exercise Science for Physical Therapy
  • Pathology for Physical Therapy
  • Professional Interactions 
  • Critical Thinking for Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy Principles of Acute Care 
  • Examination of Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders 
  • Interventions for Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders 
  • Advanced Management of Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  •  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, by the end of the spring semester prior to admission to the program.
  •  Have attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.0).
  •  Have been in good academic, professional, and clinical standing at the last institution and if applicable in the last entry-level physical therapist educational program attended.

Tuition Fee

  • In-State

    17136 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8568 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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If you are not a resident of California, you must add $372.00 to the above totals for each unit of credit you take.

Living costs for Long Beach

  • 1400 - 2000 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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