Student Outcomes | Physical Therapy

The graduate of this curriculum will be able to:

  1. Examine patients/clients of all ages through the process of obtaining a history, performing relevant systems reviews, and selecting and administering specific tests and measures.
  2. Make clinical judgments based on data gathered during examination/reexamination (i.e. evaluation), and formulate diagnoses by organizing results of evaluation to help determine the most appropriate intervention strategies, including referral to other health professionals.
  3. Make prognoses by determining the level of optimal improvement that might be attained through intervention and the amount of time required to reach that level.
  4. Establish patient-directed measurable goals which lead to functional and optimal outcomes within a specified time frame.
  5. Implement interventions with the patient/client/caregiver using various physical therapy methods and techniques to produce changes in the condition that are consistent with the diagnosis and prognosis.
  6. Utilize interventions which take into account the patient’s/client’s physical and psychological status and cultural background.
  7. Obtain and utilize outcome measures to facilitate remediation of functional limitation and disability, optimization of patient/client satisfaction, and prevention.
  8. Act as a case manager, educator, consultant, and patient advocate in diverse settings.
  9. Effectively interact with patients/clients, family and support systems, payers, and others professionals in the health care system.
  10. Supervise and manage support personnel, including the delegation of appropriate tasks.
  11. Provide education using a variety of teaching methods that are commensurate with the needs and unique characteristics of the learner(s).
  12. Communicate with patients/clients, family, caregivers, other professionals, consumers, and payers with cultural sensitivity.
  13. Complete accurate, analytically sound, concise, timely, and legible documentation that follows the specific forms required by a practice setting. 
  14. Demonstrate professional behaviors in all interactions with patients/clients, families, caregivers, other professionals, students, other consumers, and payers.
  15. Adhere to all safe, legal, and ethical practice standards. 
  16. Promote optimal health by providing information on wellness, prevention, impairment, functional limitation, disability, and health risks related to age, ability, gender, culture, and lifestyle.
  17. Understand the importance of participation in professional organizations/activities and the legislative process.
  18. Demonstrate social responsibility by advocating for patients/clients and by providing pro bono services.
  19. Pursue personal and professional development by self-assessment, peer assessment, continuing education, and by participating in the clinical education of students.
  20. Develop critical thinking skills in the area of clinical reasoning and in the evaluation of published studies, new techniques, and technology.
  21. Be capable of planning, budgeting, and establishing a marketing plan and public relations activities.

Graduation Rates

Class Rate
2018 98%
2019 97.9%
2018 & 2019 combined 97.95%
2020 98%
2021 97.9%
2020 & 2021 combined  97.95%
2022 100%

National PT Examination (NPTE) Pass Rates, Pacific University Physical Therapy Program

Class First Time Ultimate
2018 100% 100%
2019 100% 100%
2018 & 2019 combined  100% 100%
2020 98% 100%
2021 98% 100%
2020 & 2021 combined  98% 100%
2022 93.6% 100%

National PT Examination (NPTE) Rates, National Average

Class First Time Ultimate
2018 90.9% 99.3%
2019 90.5% 98.9%
2020 91.2% 99%
2021 88% 97%
2022 86.2% 93.2%

Employment Rates 

Class Employment Upon Graduation At Six Months
2018 65% 100%
2019 65% 100%
2018 & 2019 combined  65%    100%   
2020 50%    100%   
2021 58% 96%
2020 & 2021 combined 54%    98%   
2022 71% 94%


Data is accurate as of 04/27/23