DPT Program
Our 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 UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy (DPT) 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. We admit 50 students each year. Our graduates excel in the National Licensing Examination and are considered top applicants for positions in physical therapy practice.


Our Learning Community

The DPT program seeks a diverse cohort of scholars who, among other qualities: demonstrate the ability to succeed academically and professionally; will contribute to the success of their classmates and the program through collaboration and example; reflect the communities they represent, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds; understand and embrace the personal and professional values required for a career in physical therapy; desire to serve culturally diverse and medically underserved populations; and commit to working on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Student Outcomes

  • Average graduation rate (Classes of 2022 and 2023) - 100%
  • Average licensure exam pass rate (Classes of 2022 and 2023) - first-time: 86%, ultimate: 95%
  • Average 12-month employment rate (Classes of 2021 and 2022) - 100%

Accreditation 

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: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 415-514-6774 or email [email protected].


Program, Student, and Graduate Goals

Our program, student, and graduate goals are organized under five sets of values that link back to the mission of the program and the universities and units:
  • Patient Care, Community, Professionalism
  • Education, Courage, Integrity
  • Research, Life of Mind, Excellence
  • Diversity, Equity, Respect
  • Public Service and Resilience

Our program will:

  • Offer models of best practice in clinical care, clinical instruction, and outreach/service to the community.
  • Be innovative and forward-thinking while remaining aligned with ACAPT best practices.
  • Create and support opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to grow their areas of expertise, increase their use of evidence-based practices, and engage in research and dissemination.
  • Attract and support a diverse faculty, staff, and student body, within an inclusive environment.
  • Be recognized [as will the individuals within it] for advocacy, leadership, and service.

Our students will:

  • Provide patient-centered care and participate in outreach and service to the community, striving to improve access, equity, and quality of treatment and education, with emphasis on communities of need
  • Develop their professionalism, clinical skills, and unique abilities
  • Develop an appreciation for and engage in research
  • Benefit from the diversity valued by the program and will experience an inclusive learning environment
  • Be advocates for the Physical Therapy Profession and leaders in their communities

Our graduates will:

  • Practice patient-centered care and participate in outreach and service to the community, striving to improve access, equity, and quality of treatment and education, with emphasis on communities of need
  • Demonstrate their professionalism, clinical skills, and unique abilities
  • Have an appreciation for and engage in research
  • Benefit from the diversity valued by the program and will experience an inclusive learning environment

Support

Your contribution to the UCSF Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science will positively impact our students, residents, and faculty.