Post-Professional Physical Therapy Program: 2018-2019 School Year

Thank you for your interest in our programs. Following is information regarding the two Post-Professional Physical Therapy programs currently offered at Loma Linda University:


As of September 21, 2004, we are only accepting students for Autumn Quarter. Starting October 01, 2017 we will begin accepting applications for the Autumn quarter 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year with a start date of September 2018.  The deadline to apply is April 1, 2018, the deadline for documents is May 1, 2018.

PP-DPT (Prior Masters) (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.

PP-DPT (Prior BS in PT) (66 unit Track)

Our PP-DPT 66 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 Autumn Quarter. Starting October 01, 2017 we will begin accepting applications for the Autumn quarter 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year with a start date of September 2017.  The deadline to apply is April 1, 2018, the deadline for documents is May 1, 2018.

Please refer to the websites listed below for more information about our Post-Professional Physical Therapy programs.

PLEASE read this entire document, paying special attention to the underlined and bolded material to help assure a timely acceptance.

 You may apply online for the Post-Professional programs at:

NOTE: As of June 01, 2006 only online applications will be accepted at LLU)

As of September 28, 2015, we are only accepting students for Fall Quarter for the PP-DPT 46 and 66 unit track program for students requiring a student visa.

There is no GRE requirement for this program, but an English Proficiency Exam is required if:


English Proficiency

(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:

Minimum Score

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), computer-based     213
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), internet-based     80


(b)   Regardless of nationality or citizenship, applicants who have earned a degree in the US 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 not 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 sent by your college or university transcripts that are sent or hand carried by you must be, unfortunately, considered unofficial.


Please note if you use World Education Services for your foreign evaluation, you will not be required to submit a set of transcripts directly from your university.


Below I have attached a 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




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

Website: Http://




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.]).


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.


For Further Enquiries, Contact:

Sondra Caposio ─ Program Coordinator

Post-Professional Physical Therapy Department

LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY│School of Allied Health Professions

24951 North Circle Drive, Nichol Hall, Loma Linda, California 92350

(909) 651-5921 ・  fax (909) 558-0459  ・

WCPT Art and health competition

Overall winner & winner of sculpture category(2015) - Man gets back up by Greta Rosa (Italy)

WCPT is currently running an art and health competition, seeking outstanding pieces of artwork and photography relevant to physical therapy. The competition is open to all physical therapists and their patients and all that is required is a passion for your work! The theme of the competition is “Diversity and inclusion”.  Interpretations of the theme may include:

  • diversity of patients and practice
  • inclusion of disabilities
  • how physical therapy encourages inclusion
  • the vast range of specialties within the profession

A maximum of three entries may be submitted by any one individual. All entries must be submitted electronically as a JPEG photograph. The original artwork must be created in one of the following media:

  • photography
  • painting
  • drawing
  • sculpture

All images should be taken at the best quality available. If a photograph of a sculpture, drawing or painting is being submitted, the artwork must be clearly visible and well lit.

The closing date for the competition is 15th February 2017.

Please email entries (or direct any enquiries) to Mia Lockner at

To view more images go to arthealth2015.

Please visit WCPT2017  to learn more about Awards and Subm

News: Surgeons Use Nose Cells To Repair Damaged Knee Joint

Swiss surgeons have successfully used nose cells to repair damaged knee joints, according to a study released Thursday by the journal The Lancet.

“The treatment is safe and feasible,” study co-author Dr. Ivan Martin told CNN.

Between 2004 and 2011, nearly 2 million Americans had knee surgery due to cartilage problems. As the population ages, these surgeries will become increasingly common expert says.

Martin, a professor of surgery and biomedicine at University Hospital Basel in Switzerland, has been working on a new way to repair knees since 2001. His latest procedure uses engineered cartilage tissue grown from the nasal septum of the patient. He said that nasal cells “have a larger and more reproducible capacity to form new cartilage.”

“We further established that the cartilage tissue generated by nasal chondrocytes (one type of cell) can respond to physical forces (mechanical loads) similar to articular cartilage and has the ‘plasticity’ to adapt to a joint environment,” Martin told CNN. In one of their pre-tests for the current study, he implanted engineered tissue into goat joints and found it “efficiently integrated with surrounding articular cartilage.”

For the experimental study, Martin used 10 patients from 18 to 55 that had cartilage problems in their knees. The team extracted a 6-millimeter biopsy specimen from the nasal septum, using local anesthetic. Then the harvested celled were exposed to growth factors for two weeks.

After an additional two weeks, Martin’s team was able to craft a 30-by-40 millimeter cartilage graft. Surgeons then implanted it as a replacement for damaged knee cartilage.

None of the patients reported side effects related to the experimental surgery. CNN reported.

You can watch the video here


“Education is the key to prevention and therefore FIFA supports the “Diploma in Football Medicine” for doctors, physiotherapists and paramedical staff.” Prof Jiří Dvořák, FIFA Chief Medical Officer & F-MARC Chairman.

The free online course is designed to help you learn how to diagnose and manage common football-related injuries and illnesses. Complete individual modules or finish the entire course. The choice is yours.

Register for the free online course HERE

Singapore – International Physiotherapy Congress

This biennial congress organized by Singapore Physiotherapy Association is making its 10th run, Singapore International Physiotherapy Congress (SIPC) on the 29th – 30th Oct 2016 at Max Atria @ Singapore EXPO.

Theme is:

“Physiotherapy: Transforming Care in the Community “.

The focus this year is to optimize and innovate across the spectrum of preventative and rehabilitative care of patients and clients, from acute to the community.

The congress is a great opportunity to interact and establish partnerships with not only physiotherapists, but also other professionals, in order to collaborate and build strong community care models in Singapore. In addition, the exciting array of topics and speakers will promote evidence-based practice, enhance learning as well as, networking opportunities for everyone.

Singapore Physiotherapy Association, formed in 1964, serves to unite, support and represent the physiotherapy profession in Singapore and beyond.

We provide various education platforms including SIPC in hope to continue encouraging high standards of physiotherapy practice, education, and research to promote safe, effective, and proven clinical standards. We

aim to bring forth a platform for sharing of aspirations and inspirations to improve transitions of healthcare into the heart of our client’s lives integrating back into the community.

If you have any enquiries about the congress, please email:

International Forum on Disability Management 2016

The IFDM 2016 ‘Transforming Disability Management’ is a conference to look forward to as this conference is aimed to transform how Disability Management is perceived and implemented through a wider perspective of discussions, papers and experiences. Through this transformation, it is hoped that Disability Management will be implemented, enabling us to reach greater heights in our quest of reducing the negative impact of workers with injuries and illnesses through efficient and effective Disability Management strategies.


Held bianually since 2002, IFDM is a catalyst for addressing issues of disability on a world stage. IFDM is the only global conference dedicated to in-depth discussion of problems, trends, and best practices in Disability Management.

 Event will be held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Malaysia on 22nd – 24th Nov, 2016.

 Register HERE

American Physical Therapy Association’s Section On Pediatrics 2016 Annual Conference

The Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association is pleased to invite you to our Annual Conference:

SoPAC 2016: Climb to New Peaks of Pediatric Excellence

 November 11-13 (preconference courses November 9-10) Keystone Resort, CO.

Vision Statement

To optimize movement and maximize participation of all individuals and their families.

Mission Statement

To engage learners in exemplary, innovative, evidence-based educational experiences to support the mission of APPT.


Goals and Objectives:

  • Provide an educational forum to challenge pediatric physical therapists to transform practice, research, and education.
  • Deliver innovative, evidence-based knowledge, skills, and intervention strategies for translation to practice, research, and education.
  • Promote the health and wellness of participants and the individuals they serve.
  • Integrate pediatric physical therapy practices with other health care providers through professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Promote APPT to pediatric physical therapists with a focus on engaging students and new professionals.

Register Here

The largest European physiotherapy-dedicated event of 2016: 4th European Congress of the European Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (ER-WCPT)

The congress will offer a wide range of learning formats including keynote speeches, symposia, discussion panels, networking sessions alongside poster, platform and rapid 5 presentations. There will be also a large exhibition packed with national and international exhibitors

Organized by the European Region of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy and hosted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, this is the most important European event of the year for physiotherapy professionals, educators, managers, practitioners and researchers

Around 1,500 physiotherapy professionals are expected to come to Liverpool, UK, when the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy hosts more than 500 speakers and poster presenters from across the world in a packed two-day program covering five themes:

▪          Policy, strategy and influencing

▪          Research, education and practice

▪          Practice in a digital age

▪          Responding to changing population needs

▪          Public health, prevention and social care

 Congress speakers

 The Founders’ Lecture (which was first instigated in 1914 to commemorate the founders of the modern UK physiotherapy profession) will be delivered by Michael Brennan, Chief Executive of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Joining Michael in this session is another world-class speaker, Dr Emma Stokes, the WCPT President and Associate professor at Trinity College Dublin.

Other keynote speakers include:

Professor Kari Bø, Head of the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences and the first vice president of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health.

Jerome de Barros is UK Horizon 2020 National Contact Point for Health, Demographic Change & Wellbeing.

Brian Caulfield of INSIGHT, Ireland’s €85m Data Analytics Research Centre. His work with wearable and mobile sensing measurement and intervention applications opens up a new vista for human performance evaluation and enhancement.

Book your place today:

Adding life to years: WCPT launches World Physical Therapy Day resources and downloads

WCPT has launched the toolkit for this year’s World Physical Therapy Day, with posters, leaflets and an infographic now available.

World Physical Therapy Day takes place on 8th September 2016, and this year WCPT is suggesting that physical therapists around the world publicize their important role in healthy ageing, and “adding life to years”.

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This choice of message follows the WHO World Report on Ageing And Health which says that “maintenance of functional ability has the highest importance” for older people. WCPT has played a significant role in the consultations which resulted in the new WHO ageing and health strategy.

By 2050 the global population will include two billion people aged 60 or over, and 400 million aged 80 or over.

Each year, World Physical Therapy Day allows therapists to highlight their role as experts in movement and functional mobility. Participants are encouraged to organize events to publicize physical therapy’s contribution and cost effectiveness.

This year’s toolkit includes a guidance booklet, stickers, posters and a t-shirt design, as well as a list of resources to support activities including research demonstrating the role of physical therapy in promoting independence.

For the first time WCPT has produced an infographic, illustrating physical therapy’s importance in helping older people reach their full potential following stroke, dementia and falls.

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World Physical Therapy Day allows individual therapists and their organizations across the world to celebrate their contribution to global health. This year’s event hopes to build on the success of the event in 2015, when the theme was “Fulfilling potential”.

Last year hundreds of events took place, ranging from Nordic walking to international lectures and workshops. The World Physical Therapy Day web pages were accessed more than 17,000 times, with 2,435 people using the hashtag #worldptday on Twitter.

Individual therapists, hospital departments and organizations are encouraged to use the toolkit and hashtag #addlifetoyears to show that physical therapy all over the world helps keep people well, mobile and independent.


WCPT announces new Chief Executive Officer

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy has appointed Jonathon Kruger as its new Chief Executive Officer. He takes up the position in London on 1st August.

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An Australian physiotherapist with almost two decades of experience in senior management, lobbying and advocacy, Jonathon joins WCPT following Brenda Myers’ retirement earlier this year.

“It’s a great honor to lead an organization like WCPT,” he says. “Now more than ever it’s important to have a strong global body to unite the physical therapy community across the world. I look forward to working in this exciting position in the coming years.”

Before his appointment as CEO of WCPT, Jonathon was employed as the General Manager (Policy) at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists. He has also held senior roles with the Victorian Government, Australian Medical Association and Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Jonathon has substantial expertise in analyzing and influencing public health policy in areas as diverse as workforce modeling, primary health care and chronic diseases.

In welcoming Jonathon to WCPT, the President, Dr Emma Stokes highlighted Jonathon’s diverse experience.

“On behalf of the Board of WCPT, I welcome Jonathon’s appointment to the position of CEO at a very exciting time for WCPT. From his time at the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Jonathon is very familiar with the vision of WCPT and international physical therapy.

“In addition, he brings a wealth of experience from his work in other organizations specifically in the areas of governance, policy and advocacy and will enable WCPT to strengthen its reach and impact in line with our ambitious strategic plan.”

Jonathon recognizes that the global physical therapy community is growing and advancing, and that organizations like WCPT must also evolve to ensure they are fit for purpose.

“I’m excited to build upon the foundations established by the previous Secretaries General, ensuring that physical therapy has a voice in global forums such as the World Health Organization.”

“With the incredible growth of physical therapy worldwide, I look forward to taking on this role and to creating connections with member organizations and other WCPT stakeholders as well as physical therapists around the globe.”