The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) will no longer accredit baccalaureate degree programs.

  • General Requirements for CSU pre-Physical Therapy Programs: The pre-physical therapy education requirements are similar to premedical and other pre-health professional programs. Students must follow a prescribed program leading to a bachelor's degree including coursework in appropriate physical, biological, and behavioral sciences. The physical therapy program at some campuses may be impacted; that is, the number of applicants exceeds the number that can be accepted; therefore, physical therapy applicants are subject to supplemental criteria in addition to those required for admission to a university. Students are advised to consult the catalog or graduate bulletin for specific information on MPT entrance and program requirements at the university of choice.
  • Recommended Lower-division Preparation: The following courses at Saddleback College are recommended as preparation for a major, as general education, or as electives to meet minimum screening requirements for CSU MPT programs: BIO 11, 12; CHEM 1A, 1B, 108; MATH 3A; PHYS 2A, 2B; PSYC 1.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and completion of all DPT prerequisite coursework are required for admission.

Lower-division Preparation for Prerequisites: BIO 11, 12; CHEM 1A 1B; ENG 1A, 1B; MATH 10; PHYS 2A, 2B; PSYC 1

Students are advised to contact Western University of Health Sciences at (909) 623-6116 for additional information as well as their website at