Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctorate

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

 

Headlines

Please join us in congratulating the following seven faculty, all alumni from our program, who earned recognition by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) as board certified specialists in Geriatrics (GCS), Orthopedics (OCS) or Pediatrics (PCS).  
Dr. Stacy Wong
Dr. Stacy Wong, PT, DPT, PCS will join the Physical Therapy Program as a part-time faculty. In her primary role as Assistant Director of Clinical Education, she will work with others on managing the clinical education portion of our curriculum.
Touch Future Hawai'i Students
Five of our physical therapy students from Hawai’i volunteered for the Touch the Future Hawai’i project. As young students in middle school and high school, many of our graduate students from Hawai’i did not have the opportunity to learn about the broad array of healthcare professions until later in life.