Oregon State University - Cascades
1500 SW Chandler Avenue Bend OR 97702 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

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.

Our Mission: 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 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.

What's Our Edge:

  • Learn from expert clinicians and researchers in the field
  • Cutting-edge classrooms and labs. The doctor of physical therapy program will be housed in a brand-new academic building with classrooms and laboratories custom-made for the program.
  • 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 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. Listen to Knowledge Quest podcast featuring Dr. Pollard

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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?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews

Please review the OSU-Cascades DPT admission requirements page for interview dates.


Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
The tuition deposit is a $500 deposit payment signifying a student's commitment to OSU-Cascades. The $500 is a deposit, not a fee, which allows OSU-Cascades to plan for our upcoming class. This deposit will be credited toward the student's account upon enrollment.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
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Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
Employees100 to 500