School of Physical Therapy

The Pacific University School of Physical Therapy offers a three-year doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree granted to students who complete the entry-level program. The school also offers a master's degree in athletic training. In addition, the school operates physical therapy clinics in Cornelius and Hillsboro. The school has been graduating professional physical therapists since 1977. The School of Physical Therapy is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).


The School of Physical Therapy educates and mentors students to become skilled, critical-thinking, and self-directed practitioners.

The mission is accomplished by preparing doctors of physical therapy who provide compassionate, ethical, and innovative care, using an inquiry-driven team approach that focuses on the needs of individuals, the community, and the profession.


The School of Physical Therapy at Pacific University will be renowned for:

  • Faculty and graduates who serve their diverse communities through advocacy and delivery of person-centered care.
  • Faculty and graduates who advance the practice of physical therapy through post-professional education and original and translational inquiry.
  • Graduates who are innovative leaders in physical therapy and who are integral members of the inter-professional healthcare team.
  • Inter-professional clinics that serve the needs of our communities and are fully integrated into the didactic and clinical components of the academic program.

Core Values

We embrace the values enacted by the College of Health Profession at Pacific University:

  • Diversity of people and ideas
  • Ethical and professional principles
  • Health equality
  • Professional and Public Advocacy
  • Community Health and Wellness