Program Admissions | Physical Therapy (DPT)

Visit Opportunities

Want to learn more about the Pacific University Doctor of Physical Therapy program? Join us for one of our Open Houses! At these events you will be able to:

  • Tour our state of the art facilities
  • Discover our curriculum
  • Learn of our admissions requirements
  • Interact with faculty and current students

The Open Houses will occur on August 16 and September 18 on our Hillsboro Campus from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Admission is highly selective and enrollment in the DPT program is limited to 50 students. To be eligible for admission, students must have earned a bachelor's degree by the start of the program.

The Admissions Committee considers the following factors in the selection process:

Strength and Breadth of Academic Record

In order to considered for admission your Cumulative GPA, Science and Math GPA, and Last 45 Semester Credit GPA must each be 3.2 or higher.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the start of the program with a grade of "C" or better.  The method to document required prerequisite coursework is through the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy supplemental application. To ensure academic coursework will fulfill our requirements, complete an optional Unofficial Prerequisite Worksheet and submit to the Admissions Counselor for review.

Observation Experience

Applicants must demonstrate a minimum of 100 hours of paid or volunteer experience with a current, practicing, certified physical therapist. Documentation of these experiences will occur in the PTCAS application and the Pacific University School of Physical Therapy supplemental application. Please note: The Admissions Committee will consider the total number of hours accumulated at the time you submit your application. No consideration will be given to hours projected for the future.

The Admissions Committee encourages applicants to seek out observation experiences in diverse settings and with diverse patient populations.  Examples of PT settings may include, but are not limited to: hospitals, clinics (sports medicine, pediatrics, hand therapy), private offices, home health, skilled nursing/extended care facilities, and schools.

Strength of Professional Evaluations

Two professional evaluations must be submitted with your application; at least one of which must be from a currently practicing, licensed PT,  The second reference should be from either a second licensed PT, a college faculty member, pre-professional committee, supervisor, or employer. Professional evaluation forms are available through the PTCAS application.

Strength of On-Campus Personal Interview

Selected applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview in January/February.

Additional Criteria Considered

  • Understanding of the physical therapy profession
  • Demonstration of cultural awareness and diversity
  • Extracurricular Activities / Community Involvement
  • Content of application forms and care with which they have been completed
  • Quality of writing ability as demonstrated by personal narrative
Class of 2020 Profile
Cumulative GPA 3.69
Last 45 Semester GPA 3.85
Science & Math GPA 3.58
Observation Hour Avg. 400 - 600
Male / Female  34% / 66%
Average Age 24
Oregon Residents 26%
States Represented 13
Applications Received 828
Applicants Interviewed 140
Incoming Class Size 50
Average PT Experience for Admitted Students
Hours 400-600
PT Settings 3
PT Patient Populations 6

More Information

The GRE is preferred, but not required.

The Physical Therapy Program does not grant advanced standing nor accept transfer students from other physical therapy programs.

Contact Us

Kieran Bennett | Senior Assistant Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions
503-352-7222 |