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. Jeremy Hilliard recently completed training through the APTA to become an instructor for the Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (CCIP).

In the March issue of APTA Magazine, Eric Reis authored an article titled “Change Agents for the Profession: Spreading the Word.” In the article, Mackenzie Van Loo ’17, the federal affairs liaison for APTA-Oregon, discusses the power of advocacy. Mackenzie shares how she was affected by attending APTA’s Federal Advocacy Forum early in her career. 

Sydney Neumann ‘22 authored an article titled “How Do I Get Involved?,” in the Professional Pulse – Student Focus section of the March issue of APTA Magazine.

Upcoming Events

All Day | Friday, May 14, 2021
Noon | Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021 to 5 p.m. | Friday, Nov. 26, 2021