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


Contact Us

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


Dr. Evan Liu PT '12, DPT '15

Please join the Physical Therapy Program in congratulating Dr. Evan Liu ’12 and DPT ’15, who recently completed the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy at Regis University. 

Kera Akiyama PT ’21

Kera Akiyama PT ’21 has received a 2021 Outstanding Service to the Physical Therapy Program Award from the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training.

Sydney Zamora PT '21

Sydney Zamora PT ’21 has received the 2021 Outstanding Service to the Physical Therapy Profession Award.

Upcoming Events

All Day | Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 to All Day | Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
All Day | Monday, Aug. 23, 2021
Noon | Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 to 5 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 26, 2021
All Day | Friday, Dec. 10, 2021