A Program Focused on a Rural Healthcare Workforce - Coming Summer 2023

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Throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, there is a high demand for qualified physical therapists.

Shortages in the physical therapy (PT) field are even more acute in the state’s many rural areas. In a time when proactive care is the mantra and approach of the U.S. healthcare system, and demand from patients continues to grow, PT is becoming an even larger field within Oregon and the nation.

About the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program


The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a joint Oregon Tech and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) program that will provide a comprehensive entry-level and post-baccalaureate DPT education, with the unique focus of preparing high quality graduates with the skills to become practitioners of choice and leaders in rural physical therapy practice. The DPT program will ensure graduates develop competence in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with health or medical conditions that may affect movement and mobility.

Graduates will complete all eligibility requirements to sit for the state licensure exam and will be prepared for employment as autonomous practitioners in a variety of clinical settings. As led by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), graduates will be encouraged to pursue advanced learning and mentorship opportunities, including but not limited to:

  • Residency and Fellowship
  • ABPTS Specialist Certification
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program
  • Post-Professional Degree
  • Leadership Development
  • Advanced Proficiency Pathways

Clinical Training Sites

Clinical training sites throughout Southern Oregon and in other rural communities have been identified, serving the essential critical function for preparing practitioners for the exciting generalist roles required in serving rural health communities. In addition, we seek to provide an important linkage between students on rotations, clinical and core faculty given the joint program with Oregon Tech and OHSU. Oregon’s academic medical center, OHSU, provides experiences across a range of clinical settings including high complexity acute care and ICU, pediatrics, and outpatient rehab across a range of specialty areas.

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Amanda Petty
Director of Clinical Education DPT


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Physical Therapist Median Salary (apta.org)
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Job Growth through 2029 (bls.gov)
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Clinical Training Sites
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Oregon Tech-OHSU physical therapy professionals will be uniquely prepared to practice in rural communities and treat a variety of physical therapy needs. This includes working with diverse patients with a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and conditions. Having access to high quality PT providers will create a healthier Oregon with more equitable care across the state.

Physical therapists may work in:

Outpatient Clinics
Sport and Fitness Facilities
Private Homes
Nursing Homes


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: 703-706-3242; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Oregon Institute of Technology is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1st, 2022. 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 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.


CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE’s Evaluative Criteria or has violated any of CAPTE’s expectations related to academic integrity. (http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/) In reviewing and acting on a complaint, CAPTE cannot and does not function as an arbiter between the complaint and the institution. Should CAPTE find that a complaint has merit and that the program is out of compliance with the Evaluative Criteria or the integrity statement(s), CAPTE can only require the program to come into compliance with the Evaluative Criteria. CAPTE cannot force a program into any specific resolution of the situation that resulted in the complaint. Students or other interested parties may file a formal complaint about a PT program with CAPTE at any time. To obtain the materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at (703) 706-3245 or at accreditation@apta.org.