Physical Therapy and Clinical Laboratory Science

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Don Taylor

Physical Therapy Program
GYM 105
Fax: 415-338-0907
Web Site:

Director: Linda Wanek
San Francisco State University

Director: Kimberly Topp
University of California, San Francisco

Graduate Coordinators: L. Wanek, K. Topp


Professors—Byl, Hallum, Noble, Radtka, Topp, Wanek
Associate Professor—Allen
Assistant Professor—Rossi
Assistant Clinical Professors (UCSF/SF State)—Galvan, Jaramillo
Lecturers—Andrade, Carlisle, Galvan, Niklewicz, Sokolski, Scates, Ho-Tran, Smoot


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

Clinical Laboratory Science Internship Program
SCI 202
Fax: 415-338-7747

Program Director: Geraldine Albee
Associate Director: Vera Rogers


Lecturers—Albee, Rogers, Kouyoumdjian, Nusrat, Scott, Haas,Torio


Graduate Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Science

Physical Therapy Program Scope

Physical Therapy degrees are offered jointly with the University of California, San Francisco.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
Students planning to become a physical therapist apply to the Entry Level DPT Program. This is a 3 year program (36 months) including 32 weeks of full time clinical affiliations. The DPT Program is accredited by the APTA Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. It has also been approved by the University of California, California State University, California Post-Secondary Education Committee (CPEC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

This program is designed to prepare scholarly clinicians, educators, collaborative clinical researchers, administrative managers and community leaders. The program accepts 28-34 students and requires 36 months of study (including summers). The curriculum is built on a strong theoretical foundation in basic, medical and applied sciences. Critical thinking and clinical reasoning are woven into all aspects of the program and creative problem solving skills are developed to work with patients to mitigate disability, optimize function and maintain positive health.

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. Graduates are well prepared to pass the State Licensing Examination and are considered top applicants for positions in a variety of physical therapy venues. Graduates are well prepared to pass the State Licensing Examination and are considered top applicants for positions in a variety of physical therapy venues.

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.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Science
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Science degree prepares physical therapists for 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 36-48 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 therapist educators is excellent with opportunities for graduates to work in academic settings and/or research medical centers.


Admission Requirements to Program

Twenty-eight to thirty-four students are admitted to the DPT program each June. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and meet all general admissions requirements for graduate study at both San Francisco State University and the University of California, San Francisco. Although any undergraduate major is acceptable, for students in the initial stages of undergraduate preparation, a major in kinesiology or the biological sciences tends to be the most direct route into a physical therapy program. All applicants must have completed the program prerequisites before entry. Students taking combined anatomy/physiology courses must complete two semester or three quarters of work. Applicants without a strong science background should take additional science courses to demonstrate an ability to succeed in science-based course work.

Required Basic Prerequisite Courses Units
General Chemistry with laboratory (1 Year) No survey courses 10
General Physics with laboratory (1 Year) No survey courses 8
Human or Comparative Anatomy with laboratory 3
Human Physiology with laboratory 4
Microbiology or Cell Biology or Vertebrate Histology 3
Social/Psychological Sciences
Abnormal Psychology or Psychology of Disability 3
Applied Sciences
Introduction to Statistics 3
Highly Recommended Courses
Biomedical Ethics 3
Organic Chemistry 3
Motor Learning or Motor Control or Motor Development 3
Developmental Psychology 3
Introduction to Computers (if not incorporated in Statistics class) 3
Neurosciences/Neuroanatomy (1 year recommended) 3
Exercise Physiology 3
Structural or Anatomical Kinesiology 3

To be eligible for admission consideration, students must meet the following criteria:

Application Process

Students must submit TWO applications, which are submitted separately, but in parallel. Application materials consist of: 1) The Centralized Physical Therapy Application and 2) The UCSF Supplemental Physical Therapy Application. Both applications are acessible at UCSF P.T. Website at for application instructions. The deadline for BOTH applications is OCTOBER 1ST (midnight, EST) of the year prior to desired entry (i.e. by October, 2010 for admission in June, 2011).

Following preliminary evaluation, 60–80 applicants will be invited to interview. Students who are offered an interview are required to mail their official transcripts for their SF State application to the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy office at SF State. Following an interview and an assessment of writing skills, 28-34 students will be accepted for admission to the physical therapy program. Once accepted into the program, students will then complete an online application for admission to SF State.

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. Students must complete the GRE analytical writing section prior to enrollment. Evaluation of writing skills are also based upon an essay written at the time of the applicant's scheduled interview. The second level of written English proficiency is demonstrated through the culminating experience project during the student's final year in the program.

Advancement to Candidacy

Students must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during the second year of the DPT degree program.

Culminating Experience

Students research and write an in-depth patient case report or an evidence based review of a clinical problem following the criteria established in PT 910 and PT 920 courses. The manuscripts must be prepared in a publication-ready journal format as well as presented orally to an audience of faculty and peers.

Doctor of Physical Therapy 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.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Program Units
Basic and Applied Sciences
PT 200 Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy   6
PHYS 121 Mammalian Physiology   5
PHYS 122 Mammalian Physiology   3
ANAT 207 Neuroscience for Physical Therapists   5
KIN 746 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3  
PT 706 Structure, Function and Motion in Physical Therapy 2  
Medical Sciences
PT 110 Pathophysiology of Disease: Orthopedics   2
PT 111 Pathophysiology of Disease: Neurology   3
PT 112 Pathophysiology of Disease: Pediatrics   2
PT 210 Radiology for Physical Therapy   2
PT 211 Pharmacology for Physical Therapy   2
PT 700 Comprehensive Physical Therapy Management 3  
PATH 135.01 Pathology   3
Applied Social Sciences
PT 735 Psychosocial Aspects in Rehabilitation Sciences 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 251 Research Design   4.5
PT 419 Mentored Clinical Research Clerkship   9
PT 899
PT 206
Independent Study
Independent Study
Physical Therapy Sciences
PT 201 Physical Therapy Assessment   2
PT 202 Principles of Therapeutic Modalities   2
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  
Evidence Based Practice
PT 209 Evidence Based Practice   3
PT 910 Evidence Based Practice 4  
PT 212 Muscle Nerve Biology   3
PT 213 Movement Science   3
PT 208 Professional Colloquium (Spring Symposium)   1.5
PT 908 Professional Colloquium 1  
Clinical Care
PT 801 Clinical Clerkship I 6  
PT 802 Clinical Clerkship II 6  
PT 803 Clinical Clerkship III 6  
PT 930 Mentored Clincial Clerkship 6  
PT 920 Case Reports 5  
PT 400 Grand Rounds   3
PT 207 Physical Diagnosis   4.5
Total semester unit equivalent 119


Admission to Program

This program is designed for licensed, experienced physical therapist clinicians who are interested in academic teaching and clinical research. Although it is not necessary to have a masterís degree to apply, students without a masterís degree may need to take additional coursework to bring their knowledge base to the equivalency of the current masterís level of study in physical therapy (e.g. Radiology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience). One to four students are admitted to the program each year. Applicants must:

Application Process

Students must submit applications by April 2010 for entering class of Fall 2010. Online application materials will be available from January 4th to April 1st to download from the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy web site at for application instructions. All initial application materials must be submitted to UCSF.

On receipt of all application materials, students may be asked for an interview, review of research interest compatibility with faculty. Students accepted for admission to the DPTSc program are then required to apply online to SF State.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Students must complete the GRE Analytical Writing Section with a score of 4.5 to meet the first level of proficiency in written English as a condition of admission to the DPTSc program. The second level of writing proficiency is met with the culminating experience of an original research project that consists of a manuscript suitable for publication and an oral defense of the research.

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, preparation of a written research proposal, and a comprehensive oral qualifying examination.

Culminating Experience

Students develop 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.


The DPTSc program is designed to allow students to select courses, under advisement, in their area of interest. Students must complete 15 units in their area of emphasis, a minimum of two statistics courses, two semesters of teaching practicum, grand rounds, and the doctoral colloquia. Students also take Directed Research throughout the program until completion of their research requirement. All students serve as teaching assistants in the classroom situation and in the clinic.


Advisors—Albee, Rogers, Scott

Program Scope

The SF State Clinical Laboratory Internship Certificate program (CLS) provides students with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to work in hospitals, clinics, or biomedical research environments. The program prepares students at the post-baccalaureate level to sit for licensure as Clinical Laboratory Scientists. In addition, the program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and meets the educational standards required for licensure as a CLS by the California State Department of Health, Laboratory Field Services (LFS). The program seeks to develop critical thinking skills for clinical and administrative decision making in the complex and ever-changing healthcare environment.

Career Outlook

Clinical laboratory scientists are employed in healthcare settings such as medical laboratories within large medical centers, community hospitals, public health, clinics and private industry. Excellent employment opportunities exist in research and development, medical informational technology, laboratory administration and education.

Admission to Program

Requirements are:


The CLS program consists of (1) a 16-week semester of didactic and laboratory work and (2) a 40-week off-campus internship at affiliated clinical laboratory sites. Students enroll for 16 units for the pre-clinical semester. For the 40-week off-campus portion, students enroll in a combination of regular university sessions and special sessions through the College of Extended Learning.

First Semester Units
CLS 701 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis 4
CLS 706 Contemporary Clinical Science Issues 1
CLS 731 Clinical Hematology and Laboratory Applications 4
CLS 753 Clinical Microbiology for the CLS Intern 4
CLS 790 Clinical Serology & Immunohematology 3
Total Units First Semester 16
Subsequent 40 Weeks
CLS 702

Clinical Laboratory Internship I
(4 units of CLS 702 taken twice)

CLS 705 Clinical Laboratory Internship II
(3 units of CLS 705 taken twice)
CLS 709 Clinical Laboratory Internship III 3
CLS 707 CLS Bridge to Clinical Practice 3
Total Units Subsequent 40 Weeks 20
Total Units for Entire Program 36

English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: Students complete a proctored essay at the time of their application interview. If necessary, remediation will be fulfilled by successful completion of SCI 614 or equivalent course.
Level Two: Successful completion of a series of written professional reports as required for a leadership role in professional environments: CLS 706.

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