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 an interdisciplinary, 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 master clinicians. End of program specialized clinical internships will help build the basic skills and self-confidence graduates need as they embark upon their career.
Interprofessional Collaboration. Mirroring the interdisciplinary, collaborative nature of health care, Doctor of Physical Therapy students learn alongside WCU nursing, pharmacy and occupational therapy students in both classroom and simulated situations.
This student-focused, interdisciplinary 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 per calendar year, except for 2014.
Pending CAPTE approval. Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
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. Further, though achievement of Candidacy for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.