Doctor of Physical Therapy - Program Overview

Program Overview


Las Vegas Program

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (HPU DPT) program in Las Vegas will be located
southwest of the renowned Las Vegas Strip, a convenient 15-minute drive from the airport. The program will
offer a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to meet the requirements of the DPT program, providing
students with hands-on learning opportunities. This space will be shared with the HPU Doctor of Occupational
Therapy Las Vegas program, fostering interprofessional education and collaboration.

HPU DPT - Las Vegas provides a supportive coaching model, clinical education experiences both nationally
and internationally, and a highly qualified faculty with expertise in online teaching and learning. Program
graduates will also benefit from transition assistance into professional practice through job placement support
and networking opportunities.

The HPU DPT - Las Vegas program is unique due to its international and interprofessional learning community,
focusing on effective healthcare teams and incorporating the HPU values of Aloha, Pono, and Kuleana. The Las
Vegas lab space offers students access to cutting-edge equipment and interprofessional education
opportunities by collaborating with HPU’s Las Vegas Doctor of Occupational Therapy program. Moreover, Las
Vegas’s attractive climate, outdoor activities, culinary scene, and major sports teams make it a compelling
choice for students from all over the U.S., removing barriers to enrollment and enhancing the overall student
experience.

Important Dates

Application Cycle Opens: January 2024

Application deadline: November 2024 

Class of 2026 starts: January 6, 2025

Application for Candidacy for Accreditation Submitted: May, 1 2024

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, Virginia 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. Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; www.fsbpt.org) or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT's website.

 

Hawaiʻi Pacific University 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 May 1, 2024. 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 CAPTE Rules of Practice and Procedure (22.3.12) 53 progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

 

COMPLAINTS TO THE PROGRAM

Any individual may file a complaint regarding aspects of the DPT Program. Complaints should be submitted in writing to the Program Director, Annie Burke Doe (aburkedoe@hpu.edu). The Program Director has the discretionary authority to gather additional information to take appropriate action or involve other university officials if necessary. If the complaint involves the Program Director, it should be submitted in writing to the HPU Provost.

 

COMPLAINTS TO THE ACCREDITING BODY

Any individual who would like to file a complaint with CAPTE regarding what appears to be the DPT Program’s inability to meet an evaluative criterion may do so by following the directions provided on the CAPTE website (http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/ ) or may call the Department of Accreditation of APTA at 703-706-3245.

 

COMPLAINTS OUTSIDE OF DUE PROCESS

Any individual may file a complaint regarding aspects of the DPT Program. Complaints should be submitted in writing to the Program Director, Annie Burke Doe (aburkedoe@hpu.edu). The Program Director has the discretionary authority to gather additional information to take appropriate action or involve other university officials if necessary. If the complaint involves the Program Director, it should be submitted in writing to the Program Director. The Program Director has the discretionary authority to gather additional information to take appropriate action or involve other university officials if necessary. If the complaint involves the Program Director, it should be submitted in writing to the HPU Provost. 

 

PROTECTION FOR WHISTLEBLOWING

No University faculty or staff member may interfere with the good faith reporting of suspected or actual wrongful conduct. No individual who makes such a good faith report shall be subject to unlawful retaliation, including harassment or adverse employment consequences because that individual has made a good faith report.

The DPT Las Vegas Student Handbook will be coming soon!

HPU DPT LAS VEGAS, NEVADA CAMPUS ACADEMIC CALENDAR—CLASS OF 2026

SPRING 2025: 8A

Orientation

TBD

Term begins

January 6, 2025

Holiday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20, 2025

Onsite Orientation

February 16, 2025

Onsite Lab Immersion

February 17 - March 1, 2025

Term ends

March 25, 2025

SPRING 2025: 8B

Term begins

March 10, 2025

Holiday: Prince Johan Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Day

March 26, 2025

Onsite Lab Immersion

April 28 - May 3, 2025

Term ends

May 4, 2025

SUMMER 2025: 8A

Term begins

May 5, 2025

Holiday: Memorial Day

May 26, 2025

Holiday: King Kamehameha Day

June 11, 2025

Holiday: Juneteenth

June 19, 2025

Onsite Lab Immersion

June 16 - 28, 2025

Term ends

June 29, 2025

SUMMER 2025: 8B

Term begins

June 30, 2025

Holiday: Independence Day

July 4, 2025

Onsite Lab Immersion

July 28 - August 9, 2025

Term ends

August 24, 2025

FALL 2025: 8A

Term begins

August 25, 2025

Holiday: Labor Day

September 1, 2025

Onsite Lab Immersion

October 6 - 18, 2025

Term ends

October 19, 2025

FALL 2025: 8B

Term begins

October 20, 2025

Holiday: Veterans Day

November 11, 2025

Holiday: Thanksgiving

November 27 - 30, 2025

Onsite Lab Immersion

December 1-13, 2025

Term ends

December 14, 2025

SPRING 2026: 8A

Term begins

January 12, 2026

Holiday: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 19, 2026

Term ends

March 8, 2026

SPRING 2026: 8B

Term begins

March 16, 2026

Holiday: Prince Johan Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Day

March 26, 2026

Onsite Lab Immersion

April 27 - May 2, 2026

Term ends

May 10, 2026

SUMMER 2026: 8A

Term begins

May 11, 2026

Holiday: Memorial Day

May 25, 2026

Holiday: King Kamehameha Day

June 11, 2026

Holiday: Juneteenth

June 19, 2026

Holiday: Independence Day (observed)

July 3, 2026

Onsite Lab Immersion

June 22 - 27, 2026

Term ends

July 5, 2026

SUMMER 2026: 8B

Term begins

July 6, 2026

Term ends

August 30, 2026

FALL 2026: 8A

Term begins

August 31, 2026

Holiday: Labor Day

September 7, 2026

Term ends

October 25, 2026

FALL 2026: 8B

Term begins

October 26, 2026

Holiday: Veterans Day

November 11, 2026

Holiday: Thanksgiving

November 26 - 27, 2026

Term ends

December 20, 2026