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

About the DPT Program

Welcome!

The Department of Physical Therapy Education educates competent, caring, culturally sensitive, reflective practitioners who are committed to life long learning, scientific inquiry, developing critical thinking skills, and employing evidence based practice so that they may best address the healthcare needs of the community.

The faculty value and utilize an individualized approach to learning and growth within a unique graduate university having multiple medical disciplines.

The Department of Physical Therapy Education at Western University was established in 1992. The first class of 49 students enrolled in the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree program in January 1992. They completed the program 28 months later, graduating in 1994. In 2003, the program changed the start date from January to August and accepted the first entry-level class into a three year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program. The Physical Therapy profession has increased its role and responsibilities in providing health care services to the public. To assist current clinicians in meeting the new demands of the profession, the Western University Physical Therapy program offers licensed physical therapists an opportunity to complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. The courses that are offered to fulfill the DPT requirements will enable these professionals to transition from the bachelor or master’s degree level.

Please take the time to visit our other web pages to learn more about our faculty, students, alumni, special events, curriculum and admissions process. If you have more questions, please contact our admissions office at admissions@westernu.edu or our department directly at dpte@westernu.edu.

Accreditation

The Entry Level Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Allied Health Professions, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

Entry Level DPT Student Outcomes

DPT Class

Year

Program Graduation

Rate

PT Licensure Exam

Pass Rate

Employment

Rate*

2013

100% 

96%

93%

2012

93%

100%

95%

2011

80%

100%

95%

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                   

*within 6 months of passing licensure exam