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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Message from the Department of Physical Therapy Education Chair

Deoghare, Harshavardhan, PT, PhD

On behalf of our community of Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Administrators, it is my distinct honor to welcome you to the Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), Department of Physical therapy Education (DPTE), located within the College of Health Sciences.

Portrait of Deoghare, Harsha

Whether you are seeking information regarding entry-level professional education or clinical service and research collaborations, I encourage you to explore the website to recognize the multitude of opportunities that exist here at DPTE.

At DPTE our mission is, “To accept and educate a group of diverse students to graduate as Doctors of Physical Therapy, charged with enhancing and extending the quality of life in our community through clinical practice, service and research”. We have a distinguished history of achieving our mission and serving the community over last 26 years.

Our faculty and staff are committed to providing an outstanding educational experience. Faculty are comprised of scholars, researchers, administrators, and clinicians from the professions of Physical Therapy, Pharmacology and Education. All faculty members are committed to the preparation of the DPT professional who will be well versed in all aspects of Physical Therapy as a generalist, culturally competent and prepared to deliver humanistic patient-centered care.

WesternU DPT curriculum is future focused and responsive to the demands of the Physical Therapy practice, which are evolving. Students experience a variety of teaching methods including classroom lecture and discussion, laboratory experiences and online, web-based education. The 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). The clinical component of the curriculum prepares our students to be generalist practitioners who have exceptional problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary for autonomous practice.

Our department has close ties with the local professional community and benefits from and active advisory board. These interactions result in an enriched academic experience and improved career opportunities for our students.

We are committed to excellence in teaching and our success is evident in our outstanding graduation rate as well as the licensure pass rate, way above the national norms.

DPTE is proud to include a passionate and dedicated community of alumni, students, faculty & staff, with creative talents from diverse backgrounds. Our outstanding opportunities for education, research and service, nationwide clinical experiences, and wonderful facilities located in Southern California will be an excellent place to start your health career and we look forward to taking this exciting journey with you.

If you are interested in our Doctor of Physical Therapy program, please check out our upcoming preview day. As Chair, I have an open-door policy and want to hear from you.

Harsha Deoghare PT PhD

Assistant Dean of Research, College of Health Sciences (PA, PT, MSMS)
Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Education
Western University of Health Sciences
Office: (909)469-5437

  • Program Graduation Outcomes

    Table 1: Three-year data detailing program graduation outcomes.

    Year WesternU DPTE Graduation Rate Summary Performance for All U.S.- Accredited Programs†
    2018 98.1% 97.2 %
    2019 98% 93.7%
    2020 100% 96.4%
    2-year avg 99% 95%
    3-year Avg 99.7 95.7%

    Table 2: Three-year data detailing program licensure exam pass rate 

    Year WesternU DPTE Licensure Exam (NPTE) Pass Rate Summary Performance (Mean) for All U.S.- Accredited Programs*
    First Time Rate Ultimate Pass Rate First Time Rate* Ultimate Pass Rate*
    2018 96.2% 100% 91.5% 96.6%
    2019 95.8% 100% 90.5% 99.1%
    2020 94% 100% 90.9% 99.2%
    2-year avg 96% 100% 90.7% 99.15%
    3-year Avg 94.5% 100% 90.9% 98.3%

    Table 3: Three-year data detailing 12-month post-graduation employment rate

    Year WesternU DPTE Employment Rate# Summary Performance (Mean) for All U.S.- Accredited Programs†
    2018 100% 99%
    2019 100% 99%
    2020 100% 99%
    2-year avg 100% 99%
    3-year Avg 100% 99%
    †Based on available CAPTE Aggregate data
    *Based on available FSBPT data
    # Employment 12-month post-graduation for those seeking employment
    NA = Not Available at the time of update
    All information is based on data available at the time of update 03/04/2021
  • Accreditation

    The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please contact Dr. H. Deoghare, PT, PhD, at

    CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE’s Evaluative Criteria or has violated any of CAPTE’s expectations related to academic integrity. ( In reviewing and acting on a complaint, CAPTE cannot and does not function as an arbiter between the complaint and the institution. Should CAPTE find that a complaint has merit and that the program is out of compliance with the Evaluative Criteria or the integrity statement(s), CAPTE can only require the program to come into compliance with the Evaluative Criteria. CAPTE cannot force a program into any specific resolution of the situation that resulted in the complaint. Students or other interested parties may file a formal complaint about a PT program with CAPTE at any time. To obtain the materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at (703) 706-3245 or at

  • Complaints

    Complaints Which Fall Outside The Realm of Due Process:

    Any stakeholder of Western University of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy Education has the right to file a complaint and receive due process. Current students, prospective students, faculty, and staff should follow the established University policies available to these constituents. All other stakeholders, including, but not limited to employers of graduates, clinical education sites, and the public, may file a complaint under this policy. Complaints may be related to program policies, procedures, or other aspects of the program, including working with faculty and staff. Western University of Health Sciences prohibits any form of retaliation against any party making a complaint against the school or program, its faculty, or its students.


    Complaints should be submitted in writing (mailed or emailed) and must be filed within one year from the event(s) in question. The written complaint must contain, at a minimum, the complainant’s name and signature, contact information, the date of submission, and a summary of the complaint. Anonymous complaints and phone calls will not be accepted.

    A written complaint must be mailed or emailed to the Department chair/Program Director:

    Harsha Deoghare PT PhD
    Department of Physical Therapy Education College of Health Sciences
    Western University of Health Sciences
    450 E. 2nd Street Pomona, CA 91766
    Office: (909)469-5437

    Complaints about the Program Director/ Department Chair should be mailed to:

    Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, FNAP
    Dean – College of Health Sciences & Founding Dean College of Health Sciences – NW
    Western University of Health Sciences
    450 E. 2nd Street Pomona, CA 91766
    Office: 909.706.3526

    The department chair (or dean) or her/his designee will initially respond to the complainant within three weeks of receiving the complaint.The department takes all program-related complaints seriously. If at all possible, the matter will be reconciled at this point.

    If the complainant believes that additional review is necessary, the dean will review the complaint and address it. If further review is needed, then the last line of complaint is with the Provost and Chief Academic Officer

    Paula M. Crone, DO
    Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer
    Western University of Health Sciences
    309 E. Second Street, Pomona, CA 91766
    200 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355
    Office: (909) 469-5563

    The complaint and documentation associated with the complaint will be kept in a locked file in the department chair’s office (or dean’s office for a complaint against the department chair chairperson) for 5 years.