Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctorate

The primary goal of the Physical Therapy program is to graduate a well-rounded and highly competent clinician. Thirteen 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.

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

  • Clinically experienced faculty
  • Faculty that are easily accessible
  • Promotion of a positive learning environment
  • Bright, enthusiastic students
  • Focus on ethics
  • Focus on evidence based practice
  • Attention to practice without referral
  • 100 percent pass rate on the national licensing exam
  • Clinical internship placements are determined by a committee of students
  • As a part of the College of Health Professions, opportunities exist to interact with students in other healthcare fields

 

Headlines

Physical Therapy Director Dr. Kevin Chui is the second of four editors for a new e-textbook, Physical Therapy for the Older Adult – Examination and Intervention: An Evidence Based Approach (ISBN: 978-1-4963-4333-8) published by Wolters Kluwer.
Awards Recipients
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program Class of 2018 celebrated their graduation at the World Trade Center on Friday, May 18 in Portland.
The Physical Therapy Program would like to congratulate the following scholarship awardees, who were selected based on a variety of criteria including professional activities, leadership, community service, and academic and clinical standing, among others.