Three Pacific University graduate programs were noted as among the best in the United States for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report, which released its rankings of graduate health programs this month.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
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 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 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
Amanda Olson '05 was featured in a physical therapy podcast about home pelvic therapy devices.
Meredith Christiansen PT '12 has conducted research in the field of rheumatology and been a part of the ACR since 2016.