Physical Therapy

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Donald P. Zingale

Physical Therapy Program
GYM 105
415-338-2001
Fax: 415-338-0907
E-mail: gppt@sfsu.edu  
Web Site: http://itsa.ucsf.edu/~ptprog/

Director: Linda Wanek (Acting)
San Francisco State Program

Director, Joint Graduate Program: Nancy Byl
University of California, San Francisco

Program Director: N. Byl, 1360 9th Avenue

Graduate Coordinators: L. Walnek, N. Byl

Faculty

Professors—Byl, Hallum

Associate Professors—Radtka, Topp, Wanek

Associate Clinical Professors—Arriaga, Richards

Lecturers—Galvan, Moll, Sokolski

Program

M.S. in Physical Therapy

D.P.T.Sc. (Doctor of Physical Therapy Science)


Program Scope

The entry-level 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. 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 semesters) 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. Clinical clerkships occur at affiliated agencies throughout California but are primarily located in the northern and central regions of the state.

The post-professional graduate program in physical therapy leads to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Science and prepares the student for positions in an academic and/or clinical research setting. This degree is offered jointly with the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco. The curriculum prepares scholars who can assume leadership roles as physical therapy educators, basic science, or clinical researchers. The program emphasizes a strong theoretical foundation in which to develop clinical research skills. The 24-48 month program (including summer semesters) consists of academic course work, laboratory studies, teaching practica, and participation in original research. Courses are held at both San Francisco State University and the University of California, San Francisco. Course work and research opportunities make full use of the expertise available at these two campuses.

Career Outlook

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.

The career outlook for physical therapist educators is excellent with opportunities for graduates to work in academic settings and/or research medical centers.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY

Admission to Program

Twenty-eight 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.

Basic Courses Units
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
Social/Psychological Sciences
Abnormal Psychology or 3
Psychology of the Disabled
Applied Sciences
Kinesiology 3
Introduction to Statistics with Computer Applications 3
Highly Recommended
Introductory course in Physical Therapy (PT 300 at SFSU) 3
Organic Chemistry 3
Exercise Physiology 3
Motor Learning or Motor Development 3
Developmental Psychology 3
Introduction to Computers (if not incorporated in Statistics class) 3
Neuroscience 3

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must also:

Application Process

Students must submit applications postmarked by November 1 of the year prior to desired entry (i.e., by November, 2003 for admission in June, 2004). 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, 80–100 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, 28 students will be accepted for admission to the Physical Therapy program.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

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.S. program.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students may be considered for advancement to candidacy for the Master of Science in 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.

Culminating Experience

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.

Program Course Work

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.

Program Units
SFSU
Semester
UCSF
Quarter
Basic Sciences
PT 200 Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy   6
PHYS 120 Mammalian Physiology   3
PHYS 125 Mammalian Physiology   2.5
ANAT 207 Neuroscience for Physical Therapists   5
Medical Sciences
PT 110 Pathophysiology of Disease: Orthopedics   2
PT 111 Pathophysiology of Disease: Neurology   2
PT 112 Pathophysiology of Disease: Pediatrics   2
PT 210 Therapeutic Pharmacology and Therapeutic Radiology   2
PT 700 Comprehensive Physical Therapy Management 3  
PATH 135.01 Pathology   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  
Research
PT 253 Research Seminar II   1
PT 254 Research Seminar III   1
PT 730 Scientific Inquiry and Research Design 3  
PT 890 Research Seminar in Physical Therapy 3  
PT 899 Independent Study or 1-3 or
 

1-4.5

 

  PT 206 Independent Study
Physical Therapy Sciences
PT 201 Clinical Kinesiology and Physical Therapy Assessment   3
PT 202 Principles of Therapeutic Modalities   3
PT 741 Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology I 4  
PT 742 Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology II 4  
PT 743 Musculoskeletal Pathokinesiology III 3  
PT 710 Neurological Pathokinesiology I 4  
PT 711 Neurological Pathokinesiology II 3  
PT 720 Cardiopulmonary Pathokinesiology I 2  
Minimum total semester unit equivalent 64
and Master's Written Comprehensive Examination
Certificate of Clinical Competence Units
PT 801-803 Clinical Clerkships I, II, III 24

Clerkships are 40 hours per week during the second and third summers. These 24 units are in addition to the 64 units required for the M.S. in Physical Therapy. Completion of PT 801, PT 802, and PT 803 leads to the Certificate of Clinical Competence.

DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY SCIENCE

Admission to Program

Four to eight students are admitted to the program each September. Applicants must hold a degree in physical therapy from an accredited institution; meet all general admission requirements for graduate study at both San Francisco State University and the University of California, San Francisco; and be eligible for licensure in California.

Application Process

Students must submit applications by February 15. 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.

Students who are offered an interview will be required to submit SFSU application materials at the time of the interview. Following an interview, research interest compatibility, and the assessment of all application materials, students are accepted for admission to the doctoral program.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are considered for advancement to candidacy for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Science after completing course work in one's area of emphasis, teaching practica, and a comprehensive written and oral qualifying examination.

Culminating Experience

Students participate in an original research project guided by a faculty member. The student completes an oral defense of the research and writes a manuscript suitable for publication.

Program

Students complete fifteen units in an area of emphasis, a minimum of two statistics courses, three semesters of teaching practicum, grand rounds, and the doctoral colloquia. Students also take Directed Research in the completion of their research requirement. All students serve as teaching assistants in the classroom situation and in the clinic. All students are required to pass an oral qualifying examination.



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