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Doctor of Physical Therapy-Oregon


Now that you’ve decided to embark on a career in physical therapy, the next question is where to obtain your degree? Consider WesternU Oregon. We offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program that prepares you to be an integral member of an interprofessional healthcare team.

At WesternU Oregon you will study basic sciences, complete specialized courses, and engage in the clinical experiences you need to pass your licensure exam and become practice-ready. When you graduate you will be prepared to take on the increasing role that physical therapists currently play in the healthcare system.


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WesternU Oregon DPTE Purpose Statement

The purpose of the WesternU Oregon Department of Physical Therapy Education is to educate and develop service-oriented leaders in the profession of Physical Therapy who will provide humanistic care in rural, underserved, and/or vulnerable communities of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Why choose WesternU

    We have a well-regarded program and offer:

    • Small class/lab size with high faculty-to-student ratios
    • Integration of clinical experiences within the didactic curriculum to allow for immediate application of knowledge and skills
    • A great Oregon location with tremendous clinical education opportunities as well as access to major cultural and recreational resources
    • Opportunity for advanced knowledge of clinical electives with core faculty
    • Long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first, treating students as colleagues, and fostering camaraderie among students
    • Outstanding student support services including tutoring
    • Lab assistants who are either DPT faculty or working clinicians with expertise in lab course content
    • A diverse student body and rich array of student club and volunteer opportunities including community service
    • A small, private, health-focused graduate institution that fosters interprofessional learning with other health professions
    • Graduates who are in high demand and who enjoy a lifelong connection with the University
    • Complete Program cost information can be found on this Financial Fact Sheet.
  • Veterans Benefits

    Western University of Health Sciences has approval from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to certify students eligible to receive VA educational benefits. The School Certifying Officials, located on the California campus, assist all students from our California and Oregon campuses who receive VA educational benefits. We cannot assist you with determining your eligibility for benefits.

    Veterans Benefits

  • International Students

    Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) welcomes international students and their families to our diverse university community.

    International Student Services (ISS) is responsible for providing support and assistance in immigration advising, maintaining immigration status, maintaining information and documents on foreign students and their dependents in the Student and exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), staying current with rules and regulations and interpreting and applying the rules and regulations set forth by the Department of Homeland Security.

    International Students

  • Learn More

    Take a look at our visit options and consider attending an upcoming event. If you’d like to discuss specifics with an advisor, schedule an advising appointment, online, on campus, or over the phone. When you request additional information we’ll make sure you receive program updates and deadline reminders.

  • Accreditation

    Effective May 11, 2021, Western University of Health Sciences – Oregon campus has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 541-259-0470 or email Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

    Cape commission on accreditation in physical therapy education.

    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

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