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This is an archive of the 2021-2022 University Catalog.
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to: (1) prepare competent, ethical, reflective physical therapist professionals who engage in evidence-based practice autonomously and collaboratively with diverse populations in an ever-changing healthcare environment, (2) cultivate a faculty committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring, scholarship and research, clinical expertise, and service to the University and community, and (3) develop clinical partnerships and professional alliances that improve our ability to promote the health, well-being and quality of life for local and global communities.

Academic Advisement

All students in the program must have advisement in order to enroll. Group advisement sessions are held regularly for students who are interested in applying for entrance into the program. The advisement schedule is available on the department website. Inquiries also can be directed to the department by email. All full-time faculty members serve as academic advisors.


The physical therapy profession contributes to the health needs of society. It focuses primarily on individuals whose impairment is related to the neuromusculoskeletal, pulmonary, integumentary and cardiovascular systems; on methods of evaluating the functions of these systems; and on the selection and application of the appropriate therapeutic procedures to maintain, improve or restore these functions.


The Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as an entry-level PT program for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree through the year 2025.

Clubs and Societies

The CSUN PT club is an active student organization, which helps students interested in the profession. The group hosts annual information sessions.


All new admissions are for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree only with a deadline of October 1.


Department of Physical Therapy
Chair: Beth Phillips
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 1537
(818) 677-2203