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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists are integral members of the primary care team and are involved in the prevention of disability and promotion of positive health, and act as consultants in restorative care.

Physical therapy practice today is based on a well-developed body of scientific and clinical knowledge.

Physical therapists apply knowledge from the basic, behavioral, and social sciences.

Students in Pacific's Doctor of Physical Therapy program learn skills & techniques necessary for:

  • Examining and evaluating patients with health-related conditions, impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities in order to determine a diagnosis toward which the physical therapy intervention will be directed
  • Alleviating impairments and functional limitations by designing, implementing, and modifying therapeutic interventions
  • Preventing injury, impairments, functional limitations, and disability, including promoting and maintaining fitness, health, and quality of life in all age populations
  • Engaging in consultation, education, and research.


The mission of Pacific's physical therapy program is to prepare lifelong learners who are skilled, reflective, autonomous practitioners. The program is committed to furthering the body of knowledge of physical therapy and providing leadership within the profession advocating for optimal health, wellness and performance for all members of society. We accomplish this through a concise program of study emphasizing evidence-based reasoning and creative skills grounded in the basic and clinical sciences. Our academic program is enhanced by a wide variety of innovative clinical experiences and involvement in professional societies.

Why Pacific Physical Therapy?


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of the Pacific is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.706.3245; email:; website: If you need to contact the program/institution directly, please call 209.946.2886 or email

Non-Discrimination Disclosure

The Program is an equal opportunity institution of higher learning and is firmly committed to nondiscrimination in its delivery of educational services and employment practices. In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, such decisions will be made irrespective of the individual's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except for minors), sex, marital status, citizenship status, military service status, sexual orientation, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic condition), disability and/or any other status protected by law. For further information, please see the University’s policy -

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