A Student-Focused Course of Study in a Fast-Growing Field
The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow nationally by 39%1 and 25.1% in Los Angeles2 between 2010 and 2020. This far outpaces the average projected growth rate for many occupations.3 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.
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.
West Coast University is seeking accreditation for a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidacy for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidacy for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidacy for Accreditation status has been achieved.
On November 7, 2013, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) acted to deny candidacy for the physical therapist education program at West Coast University. CAPTE reached this decision after a thorough review of all materials provided by the program, as well as information provided by an on-site visitor. Deny Candidacy is an adverse decision that can be reconsidered by CAPTE upon request from the program and institution. West Coast University has applied to seek expedited reconsideration of the physical therapy education program with CAPTE. If reconsideration is granted and Candidacy status attained, it will demonstrate that the program is making satisfactory progress towards accreditation.
Questions regarding the candidacy status of this program or the reasons for the action to deny candidacy should be directed to the program chair. Questions about the candidacy or accreditation process may be directed to the Department of Accreditation, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.