Kristin McVay PT '99 transitioned her career from skilled care to outpatient.
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.
Katy Mitchell '94 is currently a full professor in the School of Physical Therapy in Houston, TX and the Coordinator of Post-Professional Studies.
Under the direction of Pacific University Athletic Training faculty member Dr. Jess Moore, the students of the Athletic Training Program participated with special educators and physical therapists as part of an interprofessional medical staff at the 2019 Special Olympics Youth Games on the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Oregon.