University of Puget Sound School of Physical Therapy
1500 North Warner Street Tacoma WA 98416 United States
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    This document lists acceptable prerequisite courses generally available through the Washington Community and Technical Colleges. Please see each college's website for their course schedule and availability.

    Students not attending a two-year school in Washington may still find this document beneficial, in that it gives examples of the kinds of coursework we require in each prerequisite area.

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Program Description

One of five graduate programs at University of Puget Sound, the School of Physical Therapy offers a rigorous three-year program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. A unique feature of the program is the on-site teaching clinic, which offers direct-access, free physical therapy services to the community. In this clinic, second- and third-year students are responsible for all patient evaluation and treatment under the supervision of expert clinical instructors who are hired solely to teach in this environment rather than to carry a caseload of their own. In addition, students complete two full-time, off-campus internship experiences. Clinical supervisors in the community consistently compliment University of Puget Sound students on their clinical readiness and medical documentation ability. 

At Puget Sound, you will get to know your professors and fellow students well in small classes. You will work with professors whose top priority is mentoring students, and you will have ample opportunity to hone your clinical skills. In the third year of the program, students have the opportunity to take advanced clinical electives in specialty practice areas. Our curriculum emphasizes evidence-based practice, and faculty are current in clinical competency through ongoing practice. Opportunity for students to participate in a physical therapy research project in collaboration with a faculty member is offered as an elective. Typically, half or more of the research projects are presented by students at a national or international professional conference. The School of Physical Therapy is based in a state-of-the-art facility that opened Fall 2011 with the entire first floor devoted to clinical space for patient treatment and therapy practice labs.


Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
This is a nonrefundable deposit that is credited toward first semester tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Due Date of First Required Deposit
Total Cost of Education for In-State Students
Total Cost of Education for out of State Students
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
% of students from IN-STATE
% of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) students
% of students from OUT-OF-STATE
% of CANADIAN students
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S/non-Canadian) students
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% Hispanic 
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
% Asian
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
% Two or More Races 
% Declining to State 
Additional information about the class profile
The School of Physical Therapy gives preference to individuals with undergraduate degrees from University of Puget Sound, if competitive within the current applicant pool. University of Puget Sound graduates typically represent less than 10% of the entering class; applicants from all institutions are encouraged to apply. State residency is not a factor in admissions. International applicants and non-native English speakers who are fluent in English are welcome to apply.  Important:  see TOEFL requirements for more information.  

Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No