Post-Professional Physical Therapy/Graduate Studies
Loma Linda University currently offers three Post Professional Physical Therapy program options:
Our PP-MPT program has an orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation (Neuro-Ortho) integration emphasis with a minor in research. This is an extremely popular program, especially with our valued international applicants, exceeds capacity every year. To be eligible for the PP-MPT program you must have graduated from a 4 (or more) year BS program in physical therapy. Our PP-MPT program is a 45-unit (11 months + research manuscript) program. Once you have completed your masters degree program at LLU, you would then be qualified to apply for our 45-unit (11 month, no research) doctor of physical therapy program (PP-DPT).
As of September 21, 2004 we are only accepting students for Fall Quarter. Starting in October 01, 2010 we will begin accepting applications for the Fall quarter 2011 for the 2011-2012 school year with a start date of September 26, 2011.
PP-DPT 45 unit Track
Our PP-DPT 45 unit track is a clinical based (11 months, no research) doctor of physical therapy degree. In order to be eligible for this program, in addition to your bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, you must also have earned a masters degree. Graduates of our PP-MPT program are eligible for this program. Students may apply for the program any quarter. We will accept students each quarter throughout the school year for the PP-DPT 45 unit track program.
PP-DPT 65 unit Track
Our PP-DPT 65 unit track (18 months, no research) is designed for the individual with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy who wishes to pursue a clinical doctorate degree in the profession. To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from a 4 (or more) year BS program in physical therapy. As of January 11, 2011 we are only accepting students for Fall Quarter.
Please refer to the websites listed below for more information about our Post-Professional Physical Therapy programs. Sites include petitiion forms and additional information and applications for graduate assistantships.
You may apply online for the Post Professional programs at:
As of September 21, 2004 we are only accepting students for Fall Quarter for the PP-MPT and PP-DPT 64 unit track program for students requiring a student visa. However, we will continue accepting students each quarter throughout the school year for the PP-DPT 45 unit track program. There is no GRE requirement for this program, but an English Proficiency Exam is required if:
Information for International Students
English Proficiency (For Students studying outside the United States)
(a) Applicants who do not satisfy the exemption conditions stated in (b) below, are required to take one of the English proficiency examinations listed below and achieve the indicated minimum score:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), computer based 213
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), internet based 80
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.5
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 77
(b) Regardless of nationality or citizenship, applicants who have completed three years of secondary education of which the language of instruction was English or who have completed significant college education in English (typically, a minimum of one full year) are exempted from taking a test of English proficiency. Applicants to Loma Linda University programs in which the language of instruction is not English are exempted from taking a test of English proficiency.
Requests to waive the requirement for an approved test of English proficiency must be submitted to the University Academic Affairs Committee. The request must include adequate justification for the waiver. An applicant may be not offered acceptance before the waiver request is approved.
To be eligible for these programs you must have graduated from a 4 (or more) year BS program in physical therapy. You will need to make certain an official mark sheet is sent to the Office of Admissions, School of Allied Health Professions. An official mark sheet can ONLY be issued by the affiliating university that legislated your course of study; the official mark sheet CANNOT be issued by the affiliated college at which your study actually occurred. LLU Policy mandates that the affiliated university must mail the transcripts directly to Loma Linda University. Official transcripts that are send by your college or university transcripts that are sent or hand carried by you must be, unfortunately, considered unofficial.
Review the following list of approved foreign credentialing agencies for those students trained outside of the United States of America. A “course-by-course” report will be required for this program.
FOREIGN EVALUATION CENTERS
World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
Phone: (202) 296-3359
Fax: (202) 822-3940
Web site: http://www.aacrao.org/credential/individual.htm
Program costs: As of July 2011 the tuition rate is $563.00* per unit (45 units X $563.00 = $25,335) (64 units x $563.00 = $36,032). In addition, there is a $649.00* quarterly student fee. To help combat tuition costs, each year we offer a limited number of office assistantships that result in an approximate 25% tuition waiver for 20 hours of assistance per week. This is designed to help offset the inequality of the current exchange rate between your currency and American currency. Also this process allows the student on a student visa to earn money to offset the tuition costs. If you are awarded an office assistantship early enough, this information can be included on your I-20 which may help with you securing a student visa. Please use the link below to learn about the Graduate Assistantships that we offer at the physical therapy department in Loma Linda University.
*Tuition and student fees are subject to change.
Thank you again for your interest in the exciting and rewarding field of post-professional physical therapy education. In order to process your application, issue you an I-20 and allow you time to obtain a student visa; you should plan to have necessary documents in our hands at LLU 4 months prior to the start of the program. This will allow you a full 4 months to make the necessary arrangements. As additional questions regarding one of our programs arise, please do not hesitate to contact me. I wish you the best, as you start your application process.
Everett B. Lohman III, DSc, PT, OCS
Director of Post-Professional Studies:
Master’s & Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs
Assistant Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California 92350
(909) 558-4632, ext., 83171
E-mail: elohman@ llu.edu
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