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Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy 

Now Accepting Applications

Visit the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) to apply.

Whitworth's Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an intensive, full-time professional program designed to be completed over eight consecutive semesters. Our innovative learner-centered curriculum design is rich in evidence-based practice, interprofessional learning experiences, and community clinical partnerships that support Whitworth's mission.

Benefit from: 

  • hands-on clinical experience;
  • exceptional clinical site placement partnerships;
  • collaboration with multiple disciplines; and
  • a state-of-the-art health science building that houses a motion analysis research lab, exercise physiology labs, simulation labs and more.
Degree Snapshot
Degree Doctor of Physical Therapy
Program Format Face-to-face courses and clinical rotations
Application Deadline

Feb. 15, 2022, available through PTCAS

Classes begin August 2022 

Completion Time Eight consecutive semesters; complete the program in less than three years
Total Cost Total anticipated cost for the Doctor of Physical Therapy is $117,518*. Tuition and fees are included. 

*For students beginning in the 2022-23 academic year

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For general questions about the DPT program, please email DPT@whitworth.edu

State-of-the-Art Building Development

Whitworth University plans to expand its graduate health program portfolio and invest in an expert faculty team. The Whitworth Board of Trustees approved and accepted funding for a new 38,000-square-foot health sciences building. When it opens in 2022, the building will house the planned doctoral programs in physical and occupational therapy as well as the master's in athletic training program to allow interprofessional collaboration. This building is planned to include a motion analysis research lab, exercise physiology labs, anatomy labs, simulation labs, dedicated classroom and functional lab spaces, and a practice clinic. The new facilities will reflect the institutional commitments to quality, faculty, student and staff support, accessibility and environmental sustainability.

Dornsife Health Sciences Building

Dana & David Dornsife Health Sciences Building

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapy employment is projected to grow 18 percent from 2019 to 2029, a faster rate than average for all occupations.

"Demand for physical therapists is expected to come from aging baby boomers, who are not only staying active later in life but are susceptible to health conditions, such as orthopedic, sport injuries, strokes and other neurological conditions and other conditions that occur in all body systems across the lifespan. In addition, physical therapists will be needed to treat people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity."

Physical therapists support individuals looking to enhance physical performance and prevent illnesses and injury that can be reduced through exercise, physical activity or pain management. Salaries continue to be strong for doctors of physical therapy as noted in the Bureau of Labor Statistics with national mean salaries of $89,440 and in Washington state of $88,220.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Physical Therapists, at www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapists.htm (visited Dec. 16, 2020).

About the Whitworth DPT Program

The developing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Whitworth University will prepare our graduates to be movement-system experts whose primary role is to improve quality of life. In doing so, graduates will be able to promote the health of individuals, communities and society through prescribed exercises, individualized evidence-based care and education. Whitworth graduates will demonstrate strong leadership and professional competencies, clinical competencies and the moral courage to guide individuals in healthy lifestyle choices while respecting the uniqueness and valuable contribution of each individual under their care. They will collaborate and lead teams with confidence and sensitivity to diversity, inclusivity and equity, advocate for others with less voice of influence and for their profession, and serve in a manner that fosters mutual growth, respect and an appreciation for the value of enhancing, adapting or compensating for movement that impacts capacity and performance.

Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission of offering educational programs of excellence that facilitate "an education of mind and heart," are characterized by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry, and model the highest integrity, fairness and trust as a contributing member of the community. The DPT program faculty is in process of creating an innovative learner-centered curriculum design rich in evidence-based practice, interprofessional learning experiences and community clinical partnerships that supports Whitworth's mission and exceeds national accreditation standards.

Accreditation Status

Whitworth University is seeking accreditation of a new Doctor of Physical Therapy program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on Dec. 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 the 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, VA 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.

This program has been reviewed as a substantive change by our institutional accreditor, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and is included in our institutional accreditation status.