Graduate Program in Physical Therapy

The three year entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is offered jointly with the University of California, San Francisco.  Our three-year, 36 month program begins in June and includes 34 weeks of full-time clinical experiences. The DPT program is designed to prepare scholarly clinicians, educators, collaborative clinical researchers, administrative managers and community leaders.  The program accepts 50 students each year.

The curriculum is built on a strong theoretical foundation in basic, medical, and applied sciences.  Critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills are developed within an integrated program that prepares students to work collaboratively with patients across the lifespan to improve health and wellness, address disability challenges, and optimize function.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) are both accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  The Joint Doctor of Physical Therapy Program between UCSF and SFSU is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).



To develop collaborative professionals in physical therapy practice, education, social responsibility, and discovery and translation of science to improve health.



We are committed to our professional and community stakeholders to promote and provide accessible, affordable, and high quality health care.  Our academic programs support this philosophy by educating collaborative professionals who advocate for the profession and the patient.  We maintain a collegial and supportive environment that enables professional growth, research advancement, and instructional excellence. Our program philosophy aligns with the values of the APTA Code of Ethics, which includes:  accountability, altruism, compassion/caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, and social responsibility.