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 are conditionally accepted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program until a non-refundable $250.00 good faith payment for a Seat Deposit has been submitted. The Seat Deposit is not a separate charge but will be credited to the program costs should the student not cancel their enrollment. The University will retain the full amount of this deposit should the student cancel their enrollment at any time, for any reason. Seat Deposits may be paid by credit card, debit card, money order, or cashier's check made payable to West Coast University. A Seat Deposit will be collected for each enrollment and cannot be applied to or carried over to enrollments for other programs or start terms. At their discretion, the Executive Director may refund the full Seat Deposit for unusual or unexpected circumstances that would warrant a full refund.

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.