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Why Pacific PT

What makes Pacific's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Unique?

Student Centered

  • Small class size (36) and faculty to student ratio 8:1.
  • Faculty and staff help students chart a course for success beginning with the application process, through graduation and licensure preparation.
  • Students have an active role in shaping their educational experience through student-run leadership and extra-curricular activities.
  • Applicant support
    • Two full-time staff available Monday-Friday to answer questions and concerns.
    • Monthly tours available.
    • Personal interviews: we want to get to know you , not just your academic rating. Our goal is to assemble a diverse class of student who will thrive in an environment where we integrate a solid scientific base with clinical sciences, professionalism, clinical skills, critical thinking, and compassion to foster the development of exceptional clinicians.
  • Annual Pacific PT Employer Showcase-exclusive event for Pacific DPT students to meet potential employers.

The Program

Fully accredited, accelerated 25-month program (year-round) including 30 weeks of full-time clinical education.

  • Preparing practice-ready physical therapists since 1985.
  • 24 dedicated faculty, 230 combined years of teaching experience, representing eight clinical specialties and sub-specialties.
  • Teaching is the top priority of our faculty through the translation of research for practical application.
  • Average of eight scholarly works produced annually by students with faculty mentorship.
  • Networking activities through Pacific Physical Therapy Alumni Association.
  • Four scholarships exclusively awarded to Pacific DPT students annually.

The Curriculum

  • Students practice with modern clinical technology in state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Teaching techniques enhance learning and retention such as full-body, dissection-based anatomy with use of cadavers in subsequent courses.
  • Curriculum is integrated with APTA and legislative activities to promote comprehensive professional development.
  • Explore beyond the classroom in structured service-learning opportunities in Northern California, Latin America, and Africa.
  • Solidify theoretical learning through clinical practice beginning in first trimester.
  • Gain clinical confidence in on-campus pro bono physical therapy training clinic.
  • Complete the journey to professional competence through 30 weeks of full-time clinical experience in five different settings, with choices in over 350 sites nationwide.
  • Program-supported licensure preparation course in final trimester.

Student Outcomes (3-Year Average for Graduating Cohort Years 2016, 2017, 2018)

  • 98.2% on-time graduation rate
  • 100% overall NPTE pass rate
  • 100% employment post licensure

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