Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Becoming a physical therapist is closer than you might think.

Physical Therapists play an important role—from working with athletes to helping clients of all ages—tailoring targeted modalities to the needs of each client to help maximize quality of life.  You can earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in as little as three years.

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The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow nationally by 34%1 between 2014 and 2024. 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 doctor of physical therapy program dedicated to developing proficient physical therapists poised to fill this emerging demand.

WCU Advantages

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.

A variety of clinical internship opportunities—students will have a total of 51 weeks of full-time clinical 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 a general practitioner at graduation and equipped to work in a range of clinical settings. 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.

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

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of class.  We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Through our Career Service Department, we provide ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our students and graduates.  We partner with industry professionals and enhance the prospects for securing employment and obtaining professional success. 

Since healthcare professionals are life-long learners, WCU assists its graduates by providing them ongoing discounted CEs through a complimentary membership to our partner company, Contemporary Forums  

1http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Physical-therapists.htm#tab-6
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).  Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.  Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation. 

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Distance education is offered through the Orange County, CA campus. Texas residents' distance education is offered through the Dallas, TX campus.

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