Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Information

Program Location
Center for Graduate Studies
Program Credits
133 credits
Program Length
9 Trimesters, 135 Instructional Weeks
Time to Complete
36 Months

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1123.00

Program Mission: The mission of West Coast University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to provide a student-centric education that prepares graduates for caring, innovative, interdisciplinary, evidence-based approaches to patient-centered care.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Each student will have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and professional behaviors in order to:

  1. Provide professional physical therapy services to diverse populations consistent with American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) standards. 
  2. Perform autonomous entry-level physical therapy skills in a safe manner.
  3. Facilitate culturally sensitive communication using consultative and collaborative skills as a part of the health care team.
  4. Design evidence-based physical therapy treatment plans using clinical reasoning for optimal patient-centered care.
  5. Exercise professional conduct that is consistent with the ethical and legal practice of physical therapy.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Transfer Credit

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program does not allow transfer credit. 


Doctor of Physical Therapy Candidate Seat Deposit

Applicants that are conditionally accepted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be required to submit a $500.00 good faith payment for a Seat Deposit. The Seat Deposit will be credited to your program costs. The University will retain a maximum of $175.00 of this deposit should you cancel your enrollment within seven calendar days (excluding holidays) of enrollment or by the seventh calendar day of the first term, whichever is later. Deposits may be paid by money order or cashier's check made out to West Coast University.   

Health Insurance Requirement

Students enrolled in the DPT program will be required to provide evidence of health insurance during their education at West Coast University.  Students are required to carry and maintain personal health insurance during their entire tenure.

For accreditation information please see the Accreditation and Approvals section.