Program Highlights

  • Earn your doctorate degree in as few as 36 months — that’s just three years!
  • Classroom theory comes alive through technologically advanced simulations and hands-on experience at clinical sites
  • Gain valuable experience through Clinical Internship Opportunities
  • Get support after graduation through our Career Services department, where we partner with industry professionals to enhance your prospects of securing employment


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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

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Why?

The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow nationally by 21 percent from 2020 to 20301, much faster than the average for all occupations. 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 a student-centric, three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program dedicated to developing proficient physical therapists poised to fill this emerging demand.

Accreditation Information:

West Coast University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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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; accreditation@apta.org) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Programmatic Accreditation:

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at West Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100,  Alexandria, VA,  22305-3085 ; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: https://www.capteonline.org.

If needing to contract the program/institution directly, please call 323.454.5068 or email CGSGradAdmissions@westcoastuniversity.edu

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 careers.

Through our Career Service departmentwe provide ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals to enhance our students’ prospects for securing employment and obtaining professional success.

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Our Philosophy:

The mission of West Coast University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to provide a student-centric education that helps prepare graduates for caring, innovative, interdisciplinary, evidence-based approaches to patient-centered care.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm

Our 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.

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 — developing skills through simulated training and at approved clinical sites. Three end-of-program clinical internships will help students practice skills and establish the self-confidence graduates will need as they begin their careers.

A variety of clinical internship opportunities – DPT 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 help ensure that students are equipped to work in a range of clinical settings.

Student-focused approach - WCU helps prepare graduates to practice physical therapy with both compassion and competence, while reinforcing essential, evidence-based skills.

Our 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.

Requirements:

West Coast University offers several programs that require prospective students to complete prerequisites prior to admission. Prospective students who meet all other requirements for admission, but who lack prerequisite coursework required for admission, may be admitted in order to complete that coursework.

Learn more about Admissions Requirements here.

FAQs:

Q: Can I take a combined Anatomy & Physiology Course?
A: Yes, as long as you meet the minimum 8 semester unit requirement, including labs.

Q: What if my prerequisite GPA is below a 3.0?
A: Prerequisites courses are allowed to be retaken; average of grades will be used for the GPA calculation. All coursework must be completed/verified before the deadline.

Q: What if I graduated with a bachelors' degree with a total cumulative GPA under 3.0?
A: Applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 will be ineligible for admission. The total cumulative GPA calculation includes all coursework submitted by applicant from freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years. Post- baccalaureate coursework is not considered when calculating this GPA.

Q: Can I have pending coursework when I apply?
A: Yes, but only if you are going to have the coursework and all admissions requirements completed and submitted by the deadline. Coursework must be verified by PTCAS by the deadline, in order to be reviewed/accepted.

Q: Do I need to submit the transcripts/references to the school as well?
A: No, only to the PTCAS. All you will submit to the school directly is your supplemental application and fee, as well as your official GRE scores. For additional information on how to submit your GRE scores, please refer to PTCAS.

Q: Do I need to pay PTCAS & WCU?
A: Yes, the PTCAS fee and our application fee are separate fees.

Q: Do you accept coursework/transcripts/references/hours/undergraduate degree to be submitted after the deadline?
A: No, deadlines are firm.

Q: When does the program start?
A: Fall of each year.

Q: How do I know my application status?
A: Please click here to email the admissions department and include your PTCAS ID.

Q: Can I apply to your program if I have a conviction?
A: Please refer to our Background Check Policy: https://westcoastuniversity.smartcatalogiq.com/en/Spring-2019/West-Coast-University-Catalog/About-West-Coast-University/Background-Check-Policies

Q: What is the allowed timeframe for prerequisites courses?
A: All required prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of a C or better, meet our semester unit requirements, be completed within the last ten years, and through a regionally accredited college or university.

For questions about admissions, please contact:
Admissions Department
323-284-4376
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IMPORTANT NOTE: In order for a candidate’s application to be considered, all requirements must be submitted and met. The candidate’s CAS application must be complete and in verified status through the centralized application service system by the application cycle closing date/deadline in order to be reviewed. Documents/transcripts may not be submitted after the deadline/application closing date. For questions, please contact cgsgradadmissions@westcoastuniversity.edu.

The student will have the opportunity to develop the following knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors:

  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.

Employment Rate Averaged over 2 Years

For the class of 2019 and 2020, 92% of graduates who sought employment have been employed as physical therapists within one year of graduation, as determined by the career services department verification.

 Graduation Rate Averaged over 2 Years

For the Class of 2019 and Class of 2020, the two-year average graduation rate is 98.8%.

Graduation Year Graduation Rate
Class of 2019 90%
Class of 2020 100 %
Class of 2021 97.7%


NPTE Pass Rates (As of August 2021)

For the Class of 2019 and Class of 2020, the two-year average first time pass rate was 78.9%.  The average two-year ultimate pass rate was 98.75%

Graduation Year Group Number of Candidates Number of Passing Candidates Pass Rate
2020 First Time 40 35 87.5%
Ultimate 40 39 97.5%
2019 First Time 36 25 69.4%
Ultimate 36 36 100.0%
2018 First Time 40 36 90.0%
Ultimate 40 40 100.0%


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