Even if she had done nothing else at Pacific, Varina French ’56, MS ’65 would have been remembered for her 17 years spent coaching women’s volleyball, softball, track and field and gymnastics, and for becoming the first female physical education department chair in the West.
School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
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).
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.
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.
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
The School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training is committed to seeking and creating opportunities for a multitude of people and ideas. We embrace individuals who represent a spectrum of lived experiences and backgrounds and believe that supporting diversity enhances our academic, clinical, and professional environment.
Congratulations to Physical Therapy faculty members Dr. Rebecca Reisch, Dr. Tzurei Chen and Dr. Kimberly Malin on achieving certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). All three faculty earned ABPTS certification in areas connected to their teaching, scholarship, and practice.
On the night before graduation, the MSAT class of 2019 and their families gathered together to honor the students for all of their accomplishments.