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

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow nationally by 28%1 between 2016 and 2026,1 much faster than the average for all occupations. As baby boomers age, they are staying active longer and the need for physical therapy professionals with a DPT degree 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 - DPT Program

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, DPT degree students work with and under the supervision of experienced clinicians. Three end-of-program clinical internships will help students develop skills learned in the classroom and lab and establish the self-confidence graduates will need as they begin their careers.

A variety of clinical internship opportunities—Doctor of Physical Therapy program 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 Doctor of Physical Therapy program graduates throughout their careersgraduates 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.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at West Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:  http://www.capteonline.org.

1 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm#tab-6

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