West Coast University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
590 North Vermont Avenue 590 N. Vermont Ave Los Angeles CA 90004 United States
CAPTE Accredited
Program Description

The demand for physical therapists is expected to grow nationally by 28%1 between 2016 and 2026,1 much faster than the average for all occupations. As baby boomers age, they are staying active longer and the need for physical therapy professionals with a DPT degree 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.

WCU Advantages - DPT Program

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. At approved clinical sites and in simulated training, DPT degree students work with and under the supervision of experienced clinicians. Three end-of-program clinical internships will help students develop skills learned in the classroom and lab and establish the self-confidence graduates will need as they begin their careers.

A variety of clinical internship opportunities - Doctor of Physical Therapy program 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 ensure that students are prepared to be a general practitioner at graduation and equipped to work in a range of clinical settings. WCU has clinical agreements nationwide and students will be required to complete at least one clinical education experience outside of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Expenses related to the clinical education experience such as housing and other living expenses, are the responsibility of the student.

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

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program must:

1.  Have obtained a bachelor's degree and specific prerequisite courses from a regionally accredited institution by the application deadline.
2.  Applicants must have achieved a minimum 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the last 60 semester units at the undergraduate level, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in program prerequisite courses.

3.  Required prerequisite courses:

  • One (1) course in Statistics (3 semester credit hours).
  • One (1) course in Human Anatomy (4 semester credit hours including a lab).
  • One (1) course in Human physiology (4 semester credit hours including a lab).
  • Two (2) courses in Physics (4 semester credit hours each including labs).
  • Two (2) courses in Chemistry (4 semester credit hours each including labs).
  • One (1) course in biology (at least 3 semester credit hours).
  • Two (2) courses in the social/behavioral sciences (6 semester credit hours total).

4.  Applicants must take the GRE, the CASPer assessment and provide evidence of completion.

5. Applicants must provide signed proof of having achieved 40 hours of clinical observation in a clinical setting.

6. Applicants must submit 2 letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member and one from a physical therapist).

7. Applicants must have an interview with the Admissions Committee.

8. WCU Supplemental Application through https://westcoastuniversity.edu/contactus/application.html

All admissions requirements must be met by the application period deadline in order to be considered.

Additional Requirement
One (1) course in Medical Terminology (certificate acceptable as well) - this is a requirement based upon acceptance into the program, not a prerequisite.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at West Coast University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 323-284-4376 or email CGSGradAdmissions@westcoastuniversity.edu.


Helpful Links

DPT Program Admissions Requirements:  https://westcoastuniversity.smartcatalogiq.com/Summer-2021/West-Coast-University-Catalog/Graduate-Programs-of-Study/Physical-Therapy/Doctor-of-Physical-Therapy-Program-Information 

Admissions FAQs: https://westcoastuniversity.edu/programs/doctor-physical-therapy/frequently-asked-questions.html 

Program Statistical Data: https://westcoastuniversity.edu/programs/doctor-physical-therapy/program-statistical-data.html

DPT Program Faculty: https://westcoastuniversity.edu/programs/doctor-physical-therapy/meet-the-faculty.html

DPT Program Curriculum: https://westcoastuniversity.smartcatalogiq.com/Summer-2021/West-Coast-University-Catalog/Graduate-Programs-of-Study/Physical-Therapy/Doctor-of-Physical-Therapy-Program-Information

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