The primary goal of the Doctor of 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.

Admissions Information

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Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program runs three academic years with summers off. Starting at the end of the first year of study, clinical learning experiences are intermixed with the academic coursework. By graduation, students have spent 39 weeks in full-time clinical learning experiences. We currently affiliate with hundreds of clinic sites across 22 states and 4 countries, with the majority located in the Pacific Northwest.

Strengths of our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

  • Clinically experienced faculty
  • Faculty who 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
  • As a part of the College of Health Professions, opportunities exist to interact with students in other healthcare fields


Contact Us

Andrea Lybarger | Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
503-352-7217 |

Upcoming Events

All Day | Monday, March 25, 2024 to All Day | Friday, March 29, 2024
Forest Grove


Isabel Lin, DPT '24 presented the research project "Muscle Power and Strength Deficiencies in Fallers with Lower Limb Loss" at the XXIX Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in Fukuoka, Japan.

DPT alumni and faculty presented a research project at a World Congress in Brisbane, Australia. The study evaluated the efficacy of gait parameters and variability in identifying risk for imbalance among control and individuals with unilateral LLA using the APDM system.    

The Pacific University School of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training honored its 2023 physical therapy graduates on May 19.