Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program

The primary goal of the School of Physical Therapy is to graduate a well-rounded and highly competent clinician. Ten full-time faculty members with diverse clinical backgrounds, along with adjunct faculty, offer an entry-level curriculum that is well balanced in the areas of orthopedic, neurologic, and general physical therapy with attention to the needs of pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and other special populations.


Accredited since 1977, the School of Physical Therapy at Pacific University Oregon is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: http;//

Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). For more information on the University’s accreditation, see For more information on the NWCCU, see

Program Degree Requirements

Our program runs three academic years, with summers off. Starting at the end of the first year of study, clinical internships are intermixed with the academic coursework. By graduation, students have spent 36 weeks in full-time clinical internships. We currently affiliate with approximately 250 clinic sites in 13 states, with the majority in the Pacific Northwest.

Strengths of our Program

Graduation Rate
Class Rate
2009 100%
2010 92.3%
2011 97.6%
National PT Examination (NPTE) Pass Rate
Class First Time Overall
2011 100% 100%
2012 97.06% 97.06%
2013 97.37% 97.37%
Employment Rate
Class Employment Upon Graduation At 6 Months
2010 73% 100%
2011 83% 100%
2012 55% 100%