UCSF/SFSU Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


The Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is a 3 year joint program between University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU).The program runs for 36 continuous months beginning in June and includes 34 weeks of full-time clinical experiences. This program is designed to prepare scholarly clinicians, educators, collaborative clinical researchers, administrative managers and community leaders. The program admits 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.

Graduates excel in the National Licensing Examination and are considered top applicants for positions in physical therapy practice. A complete list of the program's goals and outcomes can be found here.

Check out the APTA website to learn more physical therapist workforce trends and about the role of a physical therapist in healthcare.

At the request of the program's accrediting organization, CAPTE, prospective students can also view three-year program costs and student loan debt in this Financial Fact Sheet


The UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at the University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]; website: https://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 415-514-6774 or email [email protected].


The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of California, San Francisco also offers a PhD in Rehabilitation Science Program, which is not subject to accreditation by CAPTE. The Department's Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Program is accredited by ABPTRFE. The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) are both accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Procedure for submitting a complaint about the program

To report a concern directly to the Program, please refer to our policy.

To submit a complaint to CAPTE, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at (703) 706-3245 or at [email protected]. CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE's Evaluative Criteria or has violated any of CAPTE's expectations related to academic integrity. Refer to the CAPTE website for detailed information: https://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/

DPT Program Statistics

  • Average Graduation Rate for Classes of 2020 and 2021: 99%
  • Average National Licensing Exam Pass Rate:
    • Class of 2021: First Time Pass Rate 84%; 98% Ultimate Pass Rate
    • Class of 2022: First Time Pass Rate 96%; 98% Ultimate Pass Rate
  • 12-Month Employment Rate for Class of 2020 and 2021: 98%


Non-Discrimination Policy


It is the policy of the University of California, San Francisco to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), age (over 40), citizenship, or service in the uniformed services (as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994).


Race, Color, Ethnicity, National Origin, Age and Religion
The California State University complies with the requirements of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as other applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, or religion be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any program of the California State University.

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Federal laws, including sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and various state laws prohibit such discrimination.

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender or sexual orientation in the educational programs or activities it conducts. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and certain other federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on these bases in education programs and activities operated by San Francisco State University. Such programs and activities include admission of students and employment.

Students and employees with HIV/AIDS shall be afforded unrestricted classroom attendance, working conditions, use of university facilities, and participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities as long as they are physically and psychologically able to do so.