Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Degree Type
Doctor of Physical Therapy
College of Health

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at OSU-Cascades will prepare you for a rewarding career as a physical therapist. You'll study at a top research university in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, and then apply what you learn in the world-class physical therapy clinics throughout the state and across the United States. Above all — you'll help people of all ages move more easily and lead better lives.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at OSU-Cascades provides exceptional research and teaching faculty to support outstanding students in becoming compassionate entry-level clinician-scientists. Our students bring a diversity of thought, background, and experience to the program and translate that into the ability to positively impact a diverse population in a changing healthcare environment. The DPT program at OSU-Cascades fosters innovation and promotes sustainability of the health care system and communities in Central Oregon and beyond, now and into the future.

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Program Information

The program is housed in a brand-new academic building with classrooms and laboratories custom-made for the program.


Top Research University

The Only DPT Program in Oregon at a Tier 1 Research University


In-Person Program

Where Hands-On Means Hands-On


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What's our edge?

  • Learn from expert clinicians and researchers in the field
  • Cutting-edge classrooms and labs
  • 100% in-person program
  • Small classes
  • Bend, Oregon is home to a vibrant physical therapy community
  • Public school tuition
  • Pre-DPT pathway through our kinesiology program

Our founding director

Christine Pollard is the director of the doctor of physical therapy program and senior associate dean at OSU-Cascades. She founded the undergraduate kinesiology degree program at OSU-Cascades in 2011 and the FORCE biomechanics lab in 2013. Prior to joining OSU-Cascades she taught at the University of Southern California’s top-ranked Doctor of Physical Therapy program and California State University Long Beach’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

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Jordon Zardinejad | Academic Program Coordinator, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
541-322-3118 |

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at OSU-Cascades is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 541-322-3118 or email