School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training

School

The Pacific University School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training offers a three-year doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree granted to students who complete the entry-level program. The school also offers a master's degree in athletic training. In addition, the school operates a physical therapy clinic in Hillsboro. The school has been graduating professional physical therapists since 1977. The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

 

Mission

The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training educates and mentors students to become skilled, critical-thinking, and self-directed practitioners.

The mission is accomplished by preparing doctors of physical therapy who provide compassionate, ethical, and innovative care, using an inquiry-driven team approach that focuses on the needs of individuals, the community, and the profession.

Vision

The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Pacific University will be renowned for:

  • Faculty and graduates who serve their diverse communities through advocacy and delivery of person-centered care.
  • Faculty and graduates who advance the practice of physical therapy through post-professional education and original and translational inquiry.
  • Graduates who are innovative leaders in physical therapy and who are integral members of the inter-professional healthcare team.
  • Inter-professional clinics that serve the needs of our communities and are fully integrated into the didactic and clinical components of the academic program.

Core Values

We embrace the values enacted by the College of Health Professions at Pacific University:

  • Diversity of people and ideas
  • Ethical and professional principles
  • Health equality
  • Professional and Public Advocacy
  • Community Health and Wellness

Headlines

Please join us in congratulating the following seven faculty, all alumni from our program, who earned recognition by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) as board certified specialists in Geriatrics (GCS), Orthopedics (OCS) or Pediatrics (PCS).  
Dr. Stacy Wong
Dr. Stacy Wong, PT, DPT, PCS will join the Physical Therapy Program as a part-time faculty. In her primary role as Assistant Director of Clinical Education, she will work with others on managing the clinical education portion of our curriculum.
Touch Future Hawai'i Students
Five of our physical therapy students from Hawai’i volunteered for the Touch the Future Hawai’i project. As young students in middle school and high school, many of our graduate students from Hawai’i did not have the opportunity to learn about the broad array of healthcare professions until later in life.