Partnership with PNWU

Beginning with applications for the cohort starting in Fall 2023, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences School of Physical Therapy (PNWU-SOPT) have agreed to admission interviews for qualified PLU graduates (since 2020) for those who meet the minimum admission requirements, obtain a composite GRE score (quantitative and verbal reasoning) of 300 or higher and a GRE writing score of 4 or higher, and have a 3.2 GPA or higher in each of the following: cumulative undergraduate GPA, GPA in the 10 required prerequisite courses, and GPA in the last 60 credits taken. PNWU-SOT will also waive the $50 application fee for these PLU applicants.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences DPT program’s curriculum emphasizes a rural-focused curriculum consisting of didactics, labs, simulated experiential learning, full-time clinical experiences, community-based service-learning projects, and a culminating capstone project. Students have an opportunity to learn and participate in community-based research with faculty at the Center for Applied Movement Sciences (CAMS) laboratory and serve Yakima’s uninsured community members during two off-campus Integrated Clinical Experiences courses at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission. Students also participate in two on-campus Integrated Clinical Experiences courses as part of the CAMS laboratory.

Students will complete coursework in movement and behavioral sciences, professional and interprofessional practice, evidence-informed practice, clinical reasoning, and patient management, including for special populations. They will also develop a strong moral foundation and soft skills necessary for PT practice, including social and emotional intelligence, cultural competencies, and understanding social determinants of health. Evidence-informed principles and clinical decision-making skills will be applied in professional practice courses and integrated clinical experiences in various health settings.

PNWU’s DPT program clinical education partners include numerous hospitals, clinics, and health agencies, primarily throughout the Northwest. PNWU is a leading member of the Northwest Interprofessional Health Collaborative (NIHC) emphasizing interprofessional practice among health professions education and medical students.

Program Highlights:

  • New cohorts begin each fall
  • Three-year in-person program
  • Accepts up to 50 students for each new cohort

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Prerequisite Courses:

  • Human Anatomy with lab: 4 semester credits or 6 quarter credits; do not recommend online or hybrid courses for lab
  • Human Physiology with lab: 4 semester credits or 6 quarter credits; do not recommend online or hybrid courses for lab
    • Or a two-course sequence in anatomy and physiology with lab
  • Biological Sciences (not botany): 8 semester credits or 12 quarter credits, recommend upper division course in genetics
  • General Chemistry or Inorganic and Organic or Biochemistry all with labs: 8 semester credits or 12 quarter credits; do not recommend online or hybrid courses for lab
  • Physics with lab including mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electricity: 8 semester credits or 12 quarter credits; do not recommend online or hybrid courses for lab
  • Psychology: 3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits; abnormal psychology or psychological aspects of disabilities preferred
  • Statistics: 3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits

Note: In addition to the prerequisites, accepted students must complete a Medical Terminology course prior to the start of the program to prepare them for the clinical science courses in the DPT program. In particular, it is necessary for Foundations courses, Applied Pathophysiology, and professional practice courses.

PLU Equivalent Prerequisite Courses:**

  • BIOL 205, 206
  • BIOL 225, 226
    • BIOL 330 is also recommended
  • CHEM 105, 115, 116, 331 (with accompanying lab)*
    • MATH 140 is a pre-requisite for CHEM 115
  • PHYS 125 & 126 or 153 & 154 (with accompanying labs)
  • PSYC 101
    • PSYC 315 is also recommended
  • STAT 231 or equivalent

*Two of these courses are needed

**Completion of the Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology Degree (B.S.K.) satisfies these requirements.

Note: PLU Offers an online medical terminology course that could be used to satisfy this requirement.