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

Dr. Timothy Valenti (class of 2016) and Dr. Rebecca Reisch in Jinotepe, Nicaragua.

Physical Therapy core faculty member Dr. Rebecca Reisch and adjunct faculty member Dr. Talina Corvus recently published an article in GeriNotes, the quarterly member magazine for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.  Their article, “Development of an International Geriatric-focused Clinical Experience,” was published as a report from the Global Health for Aging Adults SIG and discusses a partnership between a local not-for-profit organization, the Jessie F. Richardson Foundation, and Pacific University.

wo second year physical therapy students, Ellen Key (’20) and Sam Nicholas (’20), volunteered for a recent Adaptive Bike Clinic for individuals of all ages with disabilities that was hosted by Adaptive Sports Northwest.

Dr. Kevin Chui contributed to three chapters in the 9th edition of Health Promotion Throughout the Life Span, a leading textbook on health promotion and disease prevention in healthcare education curriculum.