California Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Campus Programs
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools award masters degrees, doctorate degrees and graduate certificates in dynamic fields where rehabilitation, injury prevention and wellness are key. In most programs, students study theory and the clinical skills basic to their technical area.
Those who work towards their physical and occupational therapy degrees on campus could benefit from the in-person format. Aside from the community of students and faculty, live demos, campus facilities and interactive lab courses could help students learn by doing.
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools & Degrees
Some Physical and Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools could offer degrees in more than one area, but you can also find universities that don’t, so you may want to search by category.
- Athletic Training Graduate Schools
- Kinesiology Graduate Schools
- Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools
- Physical Therapy Graduate Schools
Below are some examples of physical therapy and occupational therapy degrees that could be offered. Most programs presume students have earned a bachelors degree. That said, you should be alert to any other required material as well as application deadlines.
Athletic Training Graduate Schools
Athletic training graduate schools might offer a degree such as the Master of Science in Exercise and Nutrition Science. Students who work towards this degree could explore the link between both fields as they relate to the optimization of athletic performance. In their courses, students might learn about sports nutrition, strength training, physiology and research methods. This type of athletic training degree might prepare learners to take several exams upon graduation. Two examples are the Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exams.
Kinesiology Graduate Schools
Kinesiology Graduate Schools could offer a program such as the Master of Science in Kinesiology degree. In some kinesiology schools, this type of program could focus on sport and human performance. Students who work towards this degree might study to advance their grasp of the links between movement and exercises that occur in the contexts of development, learning, rehabilitation, and training.
Physical Therapy Graduate Schools
Physical therapy graduate schools tend to offer Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Programs. The DPT degree is considered an entry-level professional physical therapy degree.i Typically, a DPT is a 3-year, full-time program. It could start out with a core of basic science courses that span gross anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics and more. As the program moves on, students could also take clinical content/lab courses, and applied clinical integration courses.
Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools
Occupational therapy graduate schools may award degrees such as the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DOT) degree, which is a terminal degree for OTs. Some DOT degree programs stress advanced leadership, pedagogy, and clinical knowledge. For instance, courses could highlight advanced geriatric practice, and pediatric or behavioral health interventions. To apply, students may need to possess a bachelors or masters in occupational therapy (or school approved background). Also, a valid license as an occupational therapist and work experience may be required.
Accreditation for Physical and Occupational Therapy Graduate Schools
Many physical and occupational therapy graduate schools are regionally or nationally accredited. This level of approval usually speaks to the financial stability of a school, faculty, student services and curricula. In terms of individual program accreditation, this could come from distinct agencies. For instance, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredits some Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree programs.i And, some occupational therapy programs are approved by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.ii
Find Your Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Graduate School
To earn any one of these degrees, you will need to find the physical and occupational therapy graduate schools that offer them. Do this easily with the on-page tools. Conduct a location search to find physical and occupational therapy graduate schools by city, state or country. Refine by degree level, then look over the programs. Last, contact schools directly as soon as possible so you don’t miss the next program start date.
[i] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm | [ii] bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm
- Davis, CADavis, CA
University of California - Davis
The program offers emphases either in biomechanics or exercise physiology with two primary objectives: to provide a sound basis for advanced graduate...
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
Mount Saint Mary's University
Mount St. Mary's College Los Angeles offers a highly competitive DPT Program on our historic Doheny Campus near downtown...
- San Rafael, CASan Rafael, CA
Dominican University Of California
The OT program prepares for work as a licensed professional helping people achieve optimal independence after illness or injury...
- Moraga, CAMoraga, CA
St. Mary's College Of California
The Master of Arts in Kinesiology offered by the School of Liberal Arts, provides special emphasis in administration an...
- Arcata, CAArcata, CA
Humboldt State University
The primary objective of the master's program is to prepare students to assume a variety of leadership roles in physical education professions.
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
California State University, Los Angeles
- Stockton, CAStockton, CA
University of The Pacific
The University of the Pacific Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences curriculum focuses on how physical activity and sport contribute to quality of life. Study areas include exercise science, sport management and sport pedagogy.
- Stockton, CA
- Sunnyvale, CASunnyvale, CA
University of East-West Medicine
- Pomona, CAPomona, CA
Western University Of Health Sciences
The Physical Therapist is a health care provider who is academically and clinically prepared to examine, evaluate, determine movement dysfunction, pla...
- Fullerton, CAFullerton, CA
California State University, Fullerton
- Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA
Charles R Drew University Of Medicine And Science
Physical Therapists address health maintenance and the prevention of disabilities, the identification and assessment of impaired...
- Riverside, CARiverside, CA
University of California - Riverside
Iyengar Yoga uses asana (yoga postures) to develop awareness through movement and alignment of the physical body, and then evolves toward ever more su...
- San Diego, CASan Diego, CA
San Diego State University
The Master of Science degree in exercise physiology has strong theoretical and practical components that provide a basis for students who anticipate e...