Western University of Health Sciences College of Allied Health Professions Western University of Health Sciences
College of Allied Health Professions

Welcome from the Program Chair

Greetings to Prospective Students and Visitors,

The Western University Physical Therapy program provides an opportunity to obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to two groups of students. Our entry-level program is open to qualified candidates who are seeking their first professional degree in Physical Therapy. We also offer an “advanced” DPT for students who are licensed PTs and hold a bachelor, certificate, or master’s degree in physical therapy. These candidates enter the DPT program as students with advanced standing.

Students in both programs will experience a variety of teaching methods including classroom lecture and discussion, laboratory experiences and online, web-based education. The entry-level program also includes clinical education experiences interspersed throughout the three-year curriculum and culminates in 24 weeks of clinical education experiences. All clinical experiences occur in a variety of clinical sites from coast to coast (including Hawaii). Students in the transitional program will integrate their learning with their current clinical experience/work setting.

I welcome you to our website and hope that you will take the time to call or email us if you have further questions about either program. Please note that when you click on each page (Admissions, Curriculum, FAQs), the information provided is for the entry-level program. If you are interested only in the transitional program, you will be directed at the top of each page to click on the link that will take you to the appropriate information.

Thank you for taking the time to visit us. I hope to meet you in the near future.

Denise Schilling, PT, PhD
Department Chair
Department of Physical Therapy Education