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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

A Student-Focused Course of Study in a Fast-Growing Field

The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow nationally by 36%1 between 2012 and 2022. This far outpaces the average projected growth rate for many occupations.1 As baby boomers age, they are staying active longer and the need for physical therapy professionals has accelerated.

With that in mind, West Coast University has created a student-centric, three-year doctoral program dedicated to developing proficient physical therapists poised to fill this emerging demand.

1http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Physical-therapists.htm#tab-6

An Innovative, Experiential Approach to Learning

Leveraging innovative learning strategies, West Coast University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program places experience and collaboration at the cornerstone of student achievement.

Ongoing Experiential Education. Classroom theory comes alive with a progression of dynamic clinical experiences. At approved clinical sites and in simulated training, students work with and under the supervision of experienced clinicians. Three end of program clinical internships will develop skills learned in the classroom and lab and establish the self-confidence graduates will need as they embark upon their career.

Students will have a total of 51 weeks of full-time clincal internships during the academic program at WCU. These will take place in a minimum of three different practice settings to ensure that students are prepared to be general practitioner at graduation and equiped to work in any clinical setting. WCU has clinical agreements nationwide and students will be required to complete at least one clinical education experience outside of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Expenses related to the clinical education experience such as housing and other living expenses, are the responsibility of the student.

This student-focused approach helps prepare graduates to practice physical therapy with both compassion and competence - while reinforcing essential, evidence-based skills.

A Quality Curriculum

The 133-credit curriculum is delivered over a three-year period. One cohort will be admitted at the start of each fall semester. 

Effective February 25, 2014, the West Coast University Doctor of Physical Therapy program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org).  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.