Whitworth University Doctor of Physical Therapy
300 W Hawthorne Road Spokane WA 99251 United States

Per CAPTE: This program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE - 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Program Description

Whitworth University's developing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is located at the hub of the Inland Northwest in Spokane, Wash., featuring a state-of-the-art, 38,000 square-foot health science building. With an innovative learner-centered curriculum rich in evidence-based practice, this program will prepare and empower compassionate health science professionals to collaborate and lead teams with confidence and sensitivity to diversity, inclusivity, and equity as it relates to human movement. 

Our Mission: Whitworth University Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) graduates integrate mind, heart and hands as movement system experts. Their professional roles embody reflective servant leadership, global citizenship, and integration of faith and learning, to challenge the injustices of societies and the inequities of health systems. Graduates join the faculty as an inclusive community of scholars, engaged in critical inquiry to empower innovation and clinical reasoning that optimizes the human experience throughout the lifespan and advances the profession of physical therapy.

Our graduates will:

  1. Embrace servant leadership identities through social responsibility, social justice, cultural responsiveness, global citizenship, and integration of faith and learning.
  2. Internalize formation commensurate with the expectations of the physical therapy profession.
  3. Develop as primary care providers recognized as a movement system expert who considers the physical, emotional, social and spiritual components of health in the design of patient-centered plans of care.
  4. Collaborate as providers and healthcare consultants with patients and families, professional colleagues, and communities to optimize quality of life.
  5. Prioritize quality, cost-efficient patient-centered care that integrates sound ethical, legal and business practices, as valued members of the healthcare team.
  6. Educate others, with consideration of the context of the individual, the task, and the environment.
  7. Engage in self-directed learning and scholarship that prepare them to be life-long learners to advance health and wellness in our society.
  8. Adapt personal resilience to meet the needs of their professional roles and the global communities.


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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?
Institution's Religious Affiliation
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

Interviews will be scheduled between December and March. The interviews will be performed in a group, with an on-demand essay portion. In-person interviews are preferred, but virtual interviews may be offered on a case-by-case basis.

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit will be applied to first semester tuition and fees
Deposit Refundable?
Additional Information about Refunds
Deposit is refundable if the applicant withdraws 60 days prior to class start date
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
Additional information about the class profile
Applicants will be selected through a holistic process that recognizes that academic achievements, leadership skills, extracurricular involvement including work and service experiences, and mission fit. This process will involve a review of the application to determine interview invitations. The interviews  and essays will assist in selecting applicants who fit the mission of Whitworth University and the DPT Program.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No