Natalie (Stewart) Kiefer PT ’16 received the Early Professional Scholarship from the American 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
Anne Jeffery PT ’15 is on staff as a physical therapist at Therapeutic Associates in Salem, Ore., and a lab assistant in Musculoskeletal Examination & Intervention for the Spine and for the Extremities.
Joseph Oelfke ’12, PT ’15 is on staff as a physical therapist at Advance Sports & Spine Therapy in Portland and is a lab assistant in human anatomy.