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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How to Apply

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 | Friday, May 19, 2023


Kim Malin, who teaches Adult Neurologic Rehabilitation and Bioethics for the Physical Therapist, has been awarded indefinite tenure by Pacific University.

What does it take to become a physical therapist? That's what fifth and sixth-grade students from Jackson Elementary School in Hillsboro learned about when they visited the College of Health Professions Campus in February.

DPT students, Madelyn Foulk '23, Kylee Seto '23, Isabel Lin '24, Andrea Brady '23, Mel Kakimi '24, and Associate Professor Tzurei Chen presented the research project "Identifying Balance Impairment During Transitional Movements in Individuals with Lower-Limb Loss Using Wearable Sensors" at the 2023 American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in San Diego, Calif.