ProfessorsByl, Hallum, Melnick
Associate ProfessorRadtka, Wanek
Assistant ProfessorsArriaga, Richards, Topp
M.S. in Physical Therapy
The graduate program in physical therapy leads to the Master of Science in Physical Therapy and prepares the student to sit for licensure as a physical therapist. This degree is offered jointly with the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco campus. The curriculum prepares clinician-scholars who can assume leadership roles as physical therapy clinicians, clinical educators, clinical researchers, and managers. The program emphasizes a strong theoretical foundation in basic, medical, and applied sciences with the application of creative problem solving to mitigate disability, optimize function, and maintain positive health. The 27-month program (including summer quarters) consists of 64 semester units of academic course work, laboratory studies, clinical clerkships, and participation in research projects. Students must pass a patient problem-related comprehensive examination during their final semester. Courses are held at both San Francisco State University and the University of California, San Francisco; however, students do not travel between campuses during any single day. Clinical clerkships occur at affiliated agencies throughout California but are primarily located in the northern and central regions of the state.
The career outlook for physical therapists is very good with graduates employed in acute and rehabilitation hospitals, private practice, outpatient clinics, schools, community agencies, and academic programs.
Thirty-two students are admitted to the program each June. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and meet all general admissions requirements for graduate study at both San Francisco State University and the University of California, San Francisco. Any major is acceptable providing the applicant has completed the following program prerequisites before entry. Survey chemistry and physics courses or a combined anatomy and physiology course are not acceptable. Students who do not have a strong science background should take additional science courses to demonstrate an ability to succeed in science-based course work. Students at SFSU are advised to take PT 300 when entering the junior year.
|General Chemistry with laboratories||10|
|General Physics with laboratories||8|
|Human or Comparative Anatomy with laboratory||3|
|Human Physiology with laboratory||4|
|General Microbiology/Cell Biology/Histology||3|
|Abnormal Psychology or||3|
|Psychology of the Disabled|
|Introduction to Statistics with Computer Applications||3|
|Introductory course in Physical Therapy (PT 300 at SFSU)||3|
|Motor Learning or Motor Development||3|
|Introduction to Computers (if not incorporated in Statistics class)||3|
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must also:
Students must submit preliminary applications by 5:00 p.m. of the first Monday in November of the year prior to desired entry (i.e., by November, 2000 for admission in June, 2001). Preliminary application materials are available each July from the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA 94143. The initial application materials must be submitted to UCSF.
Following preliminary evaluation, 80100 applicants will be invited to interview. Students who are offered an interview will be required to submit SFSU application materials at the time of the interview. Those materials will be provided to each student prior to interview time. Following an interview and an assessment of writing skills, thirty-two students will be accepted for admission to the Physical Therapy Program.
Students must meet the first level of proficiency in written English as a condition of admission to the Physical Therapy Program. Evaluation of writing skills will be based upon an essay written at the time of the applicant's scheduled interview. The second level of written English proficiency will be demonstrated through papers and manuscripts prepared during the student's final semester in the M.P.T. program.
Students may be considered for advancement to candidacy for the Master of Physical Therapy after completing the equivalent of 30 semester units, and following the adviser's approval of the student's proposed courses for an area of emphasis. The student may then formally request advancement to candidacy by filing a Graduate Approved Program.
Students will participate in a research project guided by a faculty member and complete a proposal and manuscript on one aspect of that research. As a culminating experience, students must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination.
Courses shown with quarter-unit values are taken at the University of California, San Francisco. Courses shown with semester-unit values are assigned to San Francisco State University. At San Francisco State University, courses numbering 700 or higher are graduate courses. At the University of California, San Francisco, courses with numbers between 100 and 199 are at the upper division level; courses with numbers between 200 and 399 are graduate courses.
|PT 200||Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy||6|
|PHYS 120||Mammalian Physiology||3|
|PHYS 125||Mammalian Physiology||2.5|
|ANAT 207||Neuroscience for Physical Therapists||5|
|MED 170.12||Introduction to Geriatric Medicine||2|
|PT 110||Pathophysiology of Disease: Orthopedics||2|
|PT 111||Pathophysiology of Disease: Neurology||2|
|PT 112||Pathophysiology of Disease: Pediatrics||1|
|PT 210||Therapeutic Pharmacology and Therapeutic Radiology||2|
|PT 700||Comprehensive Physical Therapy Management||3|
|Applied Social Sciences|
|PT 735||Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability||3|
|PT 736||Ecological and Organizational Issues of Rehabilitation||3|
|PT 704||Education, Learning, and Memory in Physical Therapy||2|
|PT 705||Administration and Organization in Physical Therapy||2|
|PT 252||Research Seminar I||1|
|PT 253||Research Seminar II||1|
|PT 254||Research Seminar III||1|
|PT 730||Scientific Inquiry and Research Design||3|
|Select at least one of the following:|
|PT 890||Research Seminar in Physical Therapy||3|
|PT 250||Research Methods II||2|
|PT 899||Independent Study||1-3|
|PT 206||Independent Study||1-3|
|Physical Therapy Sciences|
|PT 201||Clinical Kinesiology and Physical Therapy Assessment||3|
|PT 202||Principles of Therapeutic Modalities||3|
|PT 701||Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology I||4|
|PT 702||Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology II||3|
|PT 703||Assessment of Pathological Movement||2|
|PT 710||Neurological Pathokinesiology I||4|
|PT 711||Neurological Pathokinesiology II||3|
|PT 720||Cardiopulmonary Pathokinesiology I||2|
|PT 8001,2,3||Clinical Clerkships I, II, III (Clerkships are 40 hrs/week during second and third summers)||0|
|Advanced course work in physical therapy and health electives, on advisement||
9.5 to 14
|Minimum total semester unit equivalent||64|
|and Master's Written Comprehensive Examination|
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