If you already have a degree in physical therapy and want to advance your career and skills by earning a doctorate, WesternU's Post–Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program gives you a convenient and efficient way to earn your DPT degree. By offering credit for coursework already completed and having web-based classes, you can update your skills and credentials at either our Pomona, California Campus or Lebanon, Oregon Campus while maintaining your current job and family commitments.
Our Post–Professional DPT program provides courses that are not part of certificate, bachelor, or master's degree curricula. To meet the busy schedules of working therapists, we offer web-based courses supplemented by intensive weekend seminars that only require you to be on the campus two to three times a semester. Our program fills the gap between the knowledge and skills learned in a certificate, bachelors, or master’s degree program to that of today’s elevated entry-level doctoral degree. This aligns to the 2020 vision set forth by the American Physical Therapy Association that by 2020, “physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy, recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as the practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health.”
Why choose WesternU? We have a nationally recognized program and offer:
- A web-based curriculum that allows you to earn a doctorate while working and keeping family commitments.
- The opportunity to take a course before enrolling. Contact Carrie Rogers for more information or to enroll.
- Experienced faculty, many with 15 to 20+ years teaching experience
- Clinically relevant course content: learning that is integrated with your current clinical or work setting.
- A record of DPT graduates who are in high demand and who enjoy a lifelong connection with the university.
- A true Post–Professional program: study plans are individualized so that you take only the courses you need to meet the doctoral-level standards in knowledge and skills.
- A schedule with three semesters per year, which leaves two breaks of approximately six weeks in summer and between Thanksgiving and New Year's, so you can maintain your personal and professional life.
- All faculty hold doctoral-level degrees and many are APTA board-certified clinical specialists.
- Long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first; treating students as colleagues; and fostering camaraderie among students.
“WesternU’s program has great instructors, a great reputation in the community, allows me to study at my own pace, and is very affordable.”
-Melinda Salvador, DPT Class of 2008
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (Post–Professional) program in the Department of Physical Therapy Education at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences is not accredited nor subject to accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org.