The mission of the School of Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound is to prepare students at the clinical doctoral level for entry into the physical therapy profession. Our presence on a liberal arts campus underscores our belief that the development of clinician scholars is a natural extension of the values of critical analysis, sound judgment, active inquiry, communication, and apt expression. Through a careful blending of rigorous academic work and mentored clinical practice, our program seeks to prepare clinician scholars who are leaders in informed, ethical and professional practice, and community engagement.

Goal 1  Prepare graduates to practice physical therapy in an ethical, safe, and efficacious manner.

  • 99% of admitted students completed the program and graduated.
  • 96% of graduates who pass NPTE first attempt, with a 100% ultimate pass rate.
  • 100% of graduates are employed within one year of graduation. 

Goal 2 Engage in community activities that promote health and prevent illness or disability.

  • Program offers a community-based pro bono onsite clinic.
  • Faculty provide pro bono physical therapy services or consultation.
  • Students participate in community-based wellness or health promotion screenings each year of the program.

Goal 3  Promote scholarly inquiry and lifelong learning.

  • Students publish and/or present scholarly work at state or national conferences.
  • Graduates enter and/or complete residency, fellowship or clinical specialist certification within five years of graduation.
  • Faculty teach continuing education courses.
  • Faculty presents original research at professional conferences.
  • Program offers a free continuing education course for clinical site CIs yearly, either in conjunction with the annual research symposium showcasing student work, or stand-alone courses.