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Post-Professional Physical Therapy

Graduate Studies

Loma Linda University currently offers three Post Professional Physical Therapy program options:

Post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is the terminal clinical degree in America. All entry-level DPT programs in the United States are taught at this level. The Post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PP-DPT) program provides a mechanism by which individuals with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy (BSPT) or a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree can bridge to the DPT degree. The program is 45-units beyond the MPT degree or 65-units beyond the BSPT degree. Graduates from this program typically work in patient care settings. Publication requirement: Not applicable.

Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in PT degree is a research-oriented doctorate degree. In addition to the 19-units of core curriculum the student, program director, and dissertation chair will create a customized curriculum from a vast number of “selectives” offered over 6 additional domains: Clinical Specialization, Lifestyle Health, Education, Science, Research, and Religion. Courses will only be selected that directly match or are aligned with the student’s research project and dissertation. This customized curriculum will allow the student to develop a unique knowledge base that is specific to their research interests and topic. At completion of the program, the graduate will be an expert in their area of research and will be well qualified to teach that specific topic.  It is anticipated that graduates will serve as researchers and faculty members. The program is 103-units beyond the MPT degree or 82 units beyond the DPT degree. The program length ranges from 3 to 7 years. Publication requirement: One published paper and one paper submitted for publication.

Masters of Science in Rehabilitation (MSR)

Due to recent changes by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the FCCPT, Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physical Therapy will no longer be offering our Master of Science in Rehabilitation (MSR) program.

Over the last 22 years, the post professional MSR and MPT degrees have served to build a bridge to the modern, evidence-based practice era of physical therapy in the United States.  Both U.S. trained and foreign trained physical therapists have used this degree to advance their knowledge, clinical skills and research abilities since its inception.

Sadly, changes this year to the Type I Health Care Visa were very rapid and will progress the requirements to a DPT degree for 2017.  This renders the MSR degree obsolete for practice in the United States and thus we will no longer offer this program.

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 master's degree.  Graduates of our PP-MSR program are eligible for this program.  As of January 2016, students are only accepted Fall Quarter.

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.

Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PPDPT) Program


You may apply online for the Post Professional programs:

There is no GRE requirement for these programs,

Information for International Students

Loma Linda University is ranked 13 out of the top 40 American institutions for hosting international students for 2014/2015. Our number of hosted students was 487.   In the 2015-2016 academic year, our Allied Health Post Professional Physical Therapy programs have 91 international students enrolled plus additional students from other programs and schools. There were only 2 other Health Science Universities/Colleges that ranked higher than Loma Linda University.

Institute of International Education. (2015). "International Students by Institutional Type, 2014/15." Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Retrieved from http://www.iie.org/opendoors

An English Proficiency Exam is required for International students who have studied outside the United States.

(a) Applicants who do not satisfy the exemption conditions stated in (b) below, are required to take the TOEFL and achieve the indicated minimum score:

Minimum Score
  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), internet based 80

 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.


World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: 212-966-6311
Fax: 212-739-6100

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Phone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
Web site: http://www.ece.org
Email: eval@ece.org

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
Email: oies@aacrao.org

Tuition Costs and Fees

Current AH tuition rates

In addition, there is a quarterly fee (charged each quarter) for all students and an annual technology fee charged in year one and in year two. (charged once each year)

*Tuition and student fees are subject to change.  Additional fees may apply.  International students will need to meet additional financial requirements.  The above figures do not include additional expenses such as living, transportation, and books and supplies.   

Technology Requirements

Students are required to have an iPad for the courses in the orthopaedic and neurology tracks as well as for testing activities in all courses.  It is highly recommended that students have access to a personal computer (minimum: 800 MHz multimedia) with Internet access (minimum: 56 k.b.p.s. [connected at 44+ k.b.p.s.]).  A $60 technology fee is charged in year one and two.

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.

Contact us

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
Fax (909)558-0995
E-mail: elohman@ llu.edu
Department Email:ahgradstudies@llu.edu