Physical Therapy students Jaylen Wilson (’20) and Ellen Key (’20) serve the Student Leadership Committee for the Oregon Physical Therapy Association.
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
Physical Therapy Professor Dr. Robert Nee recently published a study titled “Protective myoelectric activity at performing upper limb neurodynamic test 1 in breast cancer survivors.
Physical Therapy Professor Tzurei Chen recently disseminated two of her research projects. Her studies focus on identifying underlying modifiable risk factors for falls in older adults to enhance early intervention.