Competitive Candidate Profile

Many applicants ask “What qualities do you look for in a student?”  This can be answered with another question:  “What qualities do you look for in a healthcare provider?”  We believe that a great healthcare provider is not only knowledgeable, but experienced, compassionate and a good communicator.

Although there is no formula to ensure admittance to the DPT Professional program, it is in your best interest to demonstrate to the admissions committee whichever of the following key attributes you possess.

We desire that each DPT Professional student:

  • Is academically prepared to succeed in our rigorous professional program
  • Is well rounded with diverse educational and life experiences
  • Has shown interest and involvement in the community
  • Has knowledge of and/or experience in the field in which he/she hopes to practice
  • Has a good understanding of both the profession and WesternU
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal & written communication skills
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates a commitment to compassionate health care
  • Has a desire to practice in rural and underserved communities of the Pacific Northwest
Student working with patient's legs

As the class entering in 2021 is our inaugural class, we have no class statistics for our WesternU Oregon DPT program at this time. Consistent with the statistics of other physical therapy programs in the Pacific Northwest, we expect the admission process to be competitive. For statistics from the College of Health Sciences and the WesternU physical therapy program in Pomona, CA please visit the Office of Institutional Research Academic Outcomes webpage.