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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.
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.
Learn more about our Mission, Vision and Values Statements here.
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
WesternU Oregon is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on 12/1/2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
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 (http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.