2019-20 Applicants

Pacific University


Contact Information more...

Kieran Bennett
Associate Director of Graduate and Professional Programs Admissions
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Pacific University
190 SE 8th Avenue
Suite 181
Hillsboro OR, 97123
(503) 352-7222
(800) 933-9308
PT.AT@pacificu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/22/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
Pacific University offers a dual DPT and Master's in Healthcare Administration. Please inquire with the graduate admissions office for additional information about this dual degree option.
Additional information about the class profile
Pacific University is a private institution, which means all students pay the same amount for tuition regardless of residency status. State residency is not a determining factor in the application review process.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
50
Anticipated size of next entering class
50
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
28%
% of WICHE applicants accepted
2%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
70%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Program Description more...

The Pacific University School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training offers education for entry into the profession. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is the degree granted to students who complete the three year entry-level program.

The School has graduated professional physical therapists since 1977. In 1985, the degree Bachelor of Science was replaced by the Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) as the entry-level degree into the profession. It was replaced by the DPT in the fall of 2000. The program in physical therapy is fully accredited by CAPTE. The School is a member of the College of Health Professions and shares facilities with twelve other health professions programs.

The primary goal of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to graduate a well-rounded and highly competent clinician ready to assume duties in the standard areas of physical therapy practice, e.g., hospital departments, outpatient clinics, private practices, and rehabilitation centers. To achieve this goal, every effort is made to offer a curriculum well balanced in the areas of orthopedic, neurological, and general physical therapy with attention to the needs of pediatric patients, geriatric patients, and other special populations.

Threaded throughout the curriculum and emphasized in all courses are problem-solving, ethical and professional behavior, writing and speaking skills, evidence-based practice, lifelong learning and the importance of contributing to the growth and development of the profession.

The curriculum is organized so that didactic classroom learning is periodically intermixed with clinical learning. Beginning with the second semester of the first year, and continuing each year thereafter, students spend time in clinic. Thus, by the end of the program, 36 weeks are devoted to full-time clinical experiences and internships.

Currently the program affiliates with over 250 different clinical facilities. These include acute hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, private practices, school systems, specialized hospitals and home health agencies. Although the majority of these affiliates are in the Portland area and in Oregon, students also go to many other states including Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Washington, Hawaii, California, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, and internationally in Italy. Students are required to participate in off-campus rotations for a portion of their clinical training and can expect to spend at least two clinical internships outside of the Portland-Metro area. New clinical sites are continually added in order to provide variety and quality to the students’ clinical experiences. There are several options for international internships including Italy and South Africa.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Pacific Supplemental Application Deadline Date: October 1, 2019

Must submit a Pacific Supplemental Application in order for your application to be considered complete. 

Follow link to complete a supplemental application: Supplemental Application

 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit is applied toward tuition.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/21/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Cumulative GPA
3.20
3.70
Science and Math GPA
3.20
3.60
Last 45 Credits Taken GPA
3.20
3.80
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Cumulative, Science and Math, and Last 45 Semester Credit GPAs must all be a 3.2, or higher, in order to have an application reviewed. Program uses GPAs calculated through PTCAS. If a course is repeated, the initial grade and retaken grade are averaged.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
No

Observation Hours

 
PT hours are required under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

The Admissions Committee strongly encourages applicants to obtain a variety of observation experiences in diverse settings to provide an understanding of inpatient and outpatient populations. Recommended that applicants observe at a minimum of 4-5 different PT settings and view as many PT specialties as possible.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
100
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
400-600
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$40.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Students must submit a Pacific University Supplemental Application which is available on our website. Please follow this link: http://www.pacificu.edu/pt/admission/howtoapply.cfm
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
One reference must be from a certified physical therapist. PT and academic references are preferred for the second reference.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
  • U.S. permanent residents
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
* Minimum TOEFL score requirements: 600 Written, 250 Computer, 100 Internet.

* Minimum IELTS Score- 7

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Pass/Fail coursework cannot be used, except for labs that correspond to graded lecture courses. Must be within 1 semester credit of the minimum requirement (ex: 11 semester credits accepted if 12 semester credits required). AP credit only accepted for Psychology and English/Writing prerequisite (with a score of 4 or 5 on exam). Science and Statistics courses must be taken within the last 7 years.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Combined Anatomy and Physiology courses (with labs) accepted. If using combined courses, applicant must complete full sequence offered, with labs. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
One General Biology course with lab (minimum of 4 semester credits or 7 quarter credits required). Microbiology and other selected lab Biology courses accepted. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
A standard one year course in General Chemistry, with labs. Must complete full, year-long series. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
A standard one year course in General Chemistry, with labs. Must complete full, year-long series. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
3 semester credits at the 100 level or higher. Writing intensive coursework offered outside of an English or Writing department may be considered with syllabus documentation (50% or more of grade based off of written assessments).
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
English Composition / Writing
3 semester credits at the 200 level or higher. Writing intensive coursework offered outside of an English or Writing department may be considered with syllabus documentation (50% or more of grade based off of written assessments).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Physics I
A standard year of General Physics, with labs. Must complete full, year-long series. Calculus based physics not required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics: General
Physics II
A standard year of General Physics, with labs. Must complete full, year-long series. Calculus­ based physics not required. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
Combined Anatomy and Physiology courses (with labs) accepted. If using combined courses, applicant must complete full sequence offered with labs. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
1 additional course in Psychology. 2 of 2 Psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
1 of 2 Psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: General
Statistics
Should be taken from one of the following departments: Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, or Mathematics. Biostatistics preferred. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 2
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics