School of Physical Therapy

Within a vibrant academic community, physical therapy students at Puget Sound benefit from small classes and personal relationships with professors, as well as extensive, hands-on clinical experiences and a coordinated curriculum of written and oral communication woven throughout the program. Trained as critical thinkers and compassionate caregivers, students gain valuable experience through meaningful research, innovative programs, and advanced clinical electives.

Puget Sound offers physical therapy services to the community in a pro bono clinic where students deliver care mentored by licensed therapists hired from the region. This clinical learning is integrated into students’ second and third years and is in addition to the program’s  required full-time clinical experiences.

Our graduates leave the program clinically ready, independent practitioners and collaborative professionals in the field. Since the program’s founding in 1975, we have had exceptionally high first-attempt passing rates on the professional licensing exam and a consistent ultimate pass rate of 100%. See our program page for current program statistics.

The School of Physical Therapy has lab/clinic space in Weyerhaeuser Hall. Facilities in Weyerhaeuser Hall include classrooms, a teaching clinic, adapted kitchen facilities, a vocational readiness lab, an adaptive equipment lab, therapeutic laboratory equipment, student computer labs, and office space. Clinical space and equipment are shared with the School of Occupational Therapy. Physical therapy lectures and seminars occur in numerous classroom buildings throughout the campus. 

   

The School of Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound 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@apata.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly please contact 253.879.3526 or email pt@pugetsound.edu.

Federal Licensure Disclosure Statement: The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

To obtain materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at 703/706-3245 or accreditation@apta.org

University Diversity Statement: https://www.pugetsound.edu/about/diversity-at-puget-sound/

Equal Opportunity Policy: https://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices-services/human-resources/policies/campus-policies/equal-opportunity-statement/

Campus Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment: https://www.pugetsound.edu/about/offices-services/human-resources/policies/campus-policies/campus-policy-prohibiting-discrimination-and-harassment/