Bulletin--Physical Therapy Program

Physical Therapy

College of Health and Human Services
Dean: Gail Whitaker (Interim)

Physical Therapy Program
GYM 301
San Francisco State Program Director: A. Hallum
Director, Joint Graduate Program: N. Byl
University of California, San Francisco Program Director: N. Byl
347 Parnassus

Graduate Coordinators: A. Hallum, N. Byl

Associate ProfessorsóByl, Hallum

Assistant ProfessorsóRadtka, Richards, Sadowsky, Wanek

Master of Physical Therapy

Program Scope
The graduate program in Physical Therapy leads to the Master of 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, collaborative 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.

Career Outlook
The career outlook for physical therapists is very good with graduates employed in acute and rehabilitation hospitals, private practice and outpatient clinics, schools, community agencies, and academic programs.


Admission to Program
Thirty-two students are admitted to each class and begin their studies in 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.

Basic Courses
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
	Psychology of the Disabled		 3
Applied Sciences
Kinesiology					 3
Introduction to Statistics with Computer 
	Applications				 3
Highly Recommended
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
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must also:

Application Process
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, 1994 for admission in June, 1995). 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 screening, applicants meeting basic admissions requirements will be asked to provide official transcripts and letters of recommendation and complete materials for admission to San Francisco State University. Following an interview and an assessment of writing skills, thirty-two 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.P.T. program.

Advancement to Candidacy
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.

Culminating Experience
Students will participate in a research project guided by a faculty member and complete a manuscript on one aspect of that research. As a culminating experience, students must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination.

Program Course Work
Courses shown below 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.

					Semester 	Quarter
Basic Sciences
PT 200		Neuromusculoskeletal 
		Anatomy		 	 		 6
PHYS 125.01	Mammalian Physiology	 		 5
ANAT 103.01	Neuroanatomy	 			 3
ANAT 207	Neuromuscular Physiology	 	 3
Medical Sciences
MED 170.12	Introduction to Geria-
		tric 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 
		& 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 Organiza-
		tional Issues of Rehab-
		ilitation	 	3
PT 704		Education, Learning, & 
		Memory in Physical 
		Therapy	 		2
PT 705		Administration & Organi-
		zation 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 one of the following:
	PT 890	Research Seminar in 
		Physical Therapy 	3
	PT 250	Research Methods II 			 2
Physical Therapy Sciences
PT 201		Clinical Kinesiology & 
		Physical Therapy 
		Assessment 				 3
PT 202		Principles of Therapeutic 
		Modalities 				 3
PT 701		Musculoskeletal Patho-
		kinesiology I 		4
PT 710		Neurological Pathokine-
		siology I 		4
PT 720		Cardiopulmonary Patho-
		kinesiology I 		2
PT 737		Assessment of Patho-
		logical Movement 	2
PT 800-1,2,3	Clinical Clerk-
		ships I, II, III 	0
(Clerkships are 40 hrs/week during 
second and third summers)
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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