Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program accredited?

Yes, the program is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a postprofessional fellowship program for physical therapists. This program is not accredited by CAPTE.

How can I apply for the fellowship?

All applications are submitted through RF-PTCAS application site.

Can I register for community (continuing education) courses?

Yes. We welcome you to register for the APU-sponsored continuing education courses, which are open to all PTs and PTAs in the general public. If you have questions regarding the courses, contact Yolanda LeMonds at or (626) 815-5020.

Can I register for courses that are part of the fellowship curriculum?

The majority of courses in the fellowship curriculum are open only to people who are admitted to the program; however, some continuing education courses will be open to the community. If a course is not on the list of continuing education courses, it is not open to the general public.

Is financial aid available for this fellowship?

Yes. Fellows are not eligible for Title IV federal loans, which most students use for their entry-level DPT programs, but are eligible for alternative loans. Once someone is officially accepted into the program, he or she is connected with an advisor, who assists in securing loans.

If I decide to finance this myself without a loan, can I set up a payment plan?

Yes. Once someone is officially accepted into the program, he or she is connected with an advisor, who can assist in setting up a payment plan.

Can I defer my current loans if I am accepted into this program?

The ability to defer loans is determined on an individual basis, and may depend on any previous deferment, but enrollment in the fellowship does qualify an individual for deferment of their current loans. Each fellow is connected with an advisor, who can help with deferment of current loans, as well as with securing additional loans as needed.

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.