Even if she had done nothing else at Pacific, Varina French ’56, MS ’65 would have been remembered for her 17 years spent coaching women’s volleyball, softball, track and field and gymnastics, and for becoming the first female physical education department chair in the West.
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
Congratulations to Physical Therapy faculty members Dr. Rebecca Reisch, Dr. Tzurei Chen and Dr. Kimberly Malin on achieving certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). All three faculty earned ABPTS certification in areas connected to their teaching, scholarship, and practice.
Pacific University's Physical Therapy Program was honored to co-host Dr. Laurita Hack, PT, DPT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA at the end of the spring semester. Dr. Hack is Professor Emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia.