Program Admission

Admission is highly selective and enrollment in the DPT program is limited to 42 students. To be eligible for admission, students must have earned a bachelor's degree by the start of the program.

The Admissions Committee considers the following factors in the selection process:

Strength and Breadth of Academic Record

All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the start of the program, with a "C" grade or higher. In order to apply, your cumulative, science and last 45 semester credit GPAs must be 3.0 or higher. The method to document required prerequisite coursework is through the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy supplemental application. To ensure academic coursework will fulfill our requirements, complete an Unofficial Prerequisite Evaluation (pdf) and submit to the Admissions Counselor for review.

Observation Experience

Applicants must demonstrate the accumulation of 100 hours of paid or volunteer experience with a current practicing certified physical therapist. Documentation of these experiences will occur in the PTCAS application and the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy supplemental application. Please note: The Admissions Committee will consider the total number of hours accumulated, "at the time" you submit your applications. No consideration will be given to hours projected for the future.

The Admissions Committee encourages applicants to seek out observation experiences in diverse settings to provide an understanding of inpatient and outpatient populations. Examples of PT settings may include, but are not limited to: hospitals, clinics (sports medicine, pediatrics, hand therapy), private offices, home health, skilled nursing/extended care facilities and schools.

Strength of Professional Evaluations

Two professional evaluations must be submitted with your application; one from a current practicing licensed PT and one additional reference. If possible, the other evaluation should be from a college faculty member, pre-professional committee, supervisor or employer. Professional evaluation forms are available through the PTCAS application.

Strength of On-Campus Personal Interview

Additional Criteria Considered

  • Understanding of the physical therapy profession
  • Understanding and involvement in cultural awareness and diversity
  • Type of community activities
  • Content of application forms and care with which they have been completed
  • Quality of writing ability as demonstrated by personal narrative
Class of 2017 Profile
Women 56%
Men 44%
Average Age 25
Science/Stats GPA 3.63
Last 45 Semester GPA 3.76
Cumulative GPA 3.64
Oregon Residents 42%
Applications Received 900+
Applicants Interviewed 160+
Incoming Class Size 50
Average PT Experience for Admitted Students
Hours 400-600
PT Settings 3
PT Patient Populations 6

More Information

We do not require the GRE for admission into the program

The Physical Therapy Program does not grant advanced standing nor accept transfer students from other physical therapy programs.

Contact Admissions

Ni'Cole Sims | Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions
nsims@pacificu.edu | 503-352-7225
1-800-933-9308 or 503-352-2900