Doctor of Physical Therapy - Coming Fall 2021

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, then apply what you learn in the world-class physical therapy clinics of Bend, Oregon and throughout the state. Above all — you'll help people of all ages move more easily and lead better lives.

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Top Research University

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

   

In-Person Program

Where Hands-On Means Hands-On

   

Learn in Bend

Home to World-Class Athletes and Clinicians
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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

State-of-the-Art Facilities

The doctor of physical therapy program will be housed in a brand-new academic building with classrooms and laboratories custom-made for the program.

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Our Founding Director

Christine Pollard is the director of the doctor of physical therapy program 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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Contact Us

Christine Pollard | Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
541-322-3122 | christine.pollard@osucascades.edu

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Accreditation

OSU-Cascades is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on March 1, 2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.  

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

CAPTE Timing and the Licensing Exam.

The DPT program will be evaluated for full-accreditation status in the third year of the first cohort (2023/2024).  Accreditation is anticipated to be received the spring of 2024 prior to graduation of the first cohort which will be June 2024.  Based on Rule 7.2 (see below), graduates of the first cohort will be able to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) as early as July 2024. 

 

New Rule: 7.2 Definition of Candidate for Accreditation

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status, awarded prior to enrollment of students in the technical (PTA programs) or professional (PT programs) phase of the program, which indicates that the physical therapy education program is progressing toward accreditation. All credits and degrees earned and issued by a program holding candidacy are considered to be from an accredited program.