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Physical Therapy (DPT)

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Overview | Curriculum | Experiential Learning | Scholarship

As an Entry-level student, you will be accepted directly into the Physical Therapy program as a freshman, so you can start taking related courses during your first semester. A unique feature to the NU DPT program is the inclusion of 2 six month cooperative education experiences that allow you an opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings.  During the last two years of this six-year program, you will complete 36 weeks of full time Clinical Education at three different clinical sites. These will include inpatient, outpatient and specialty environments.


The Physical Therapy program at Northeastern will prepare you to work as a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in a variety of clinical settings. Here is a sample of the curricular offering in the DPT program. Read the sample curriculum.

A course of study in the DPT program offers several opportunities to minor or concentrate your studies in various many areas. Some of these opportunities include

  • Minors in - Business, Languages, Psychology
  • Concentration in Early Intervention, Sports Conditioning and Management of the Athlete

You may also consider the concentration in Early Intervention (EI), for work with infants and toddlers with known disabilities or those who are at risk for developmental delay because of a difficult birth or the presence of certain environmental risk factors.

The Early Intervention concentration academic courses are offered in a hybrid format that combines online learning with classroom meetings. The program of study consists of four courses, an EI project, and a practicum (all integrated within the DPT curriculum), leading to the required state certification for early intervention personnel.

Read the DPT/EI curriculum.

The concentration is Sports Conditioning and Management of the Athlete offers you the opportunity to work with athletes of all ages and in a variety of settings.  A Sports Strength and Conditioning Concentration will prepare students to pass the sports and conditioning certification (CSCS) and enhance a graduate’s ability to work with athletes in various venues from gyms to the athletic field improving collaboration with multiple medical disciplines.

Read the Sports Concentration curriculum

Experiential Learning
A unique feature to the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum includes two 6-month cooperative education rotations working in the clinical environment as a full time paid employee. Rotations could be at acute care or rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, K-12 schools, nursing homes, pediatric care facilities, and even camps for children with disabilities. NU is the only program in the United States with co-operative education embedded into the educational experience.

You may also take advantage of our numerous partnerships with our urban neighbors, including community health centers, Boston Public Schools, the YMCA, eldercare centers, and many others. These culturally-diverse volunteer opportunities offer you experience providing services as you work to improve your own understanding of urban health issues and the physical therapy profession.

Unique Program Features:

Entry-level DPT


  • Bouvé Van providing community access to health care offered in conjunction with the Nursing, Pharmacy, Speech Language Pathology and Public Health programs.


  • Beyond the traditional semester abroad, we offer multiple global academic and service-oriented experiences such as Global Dialogues (30 days in country), PT academic exchange programs and global service PT programs to Mexico, Ecuador, Costa Rica, South Africa and Switzerland.


  • Early Intervention, working with infants and toddlers with disabilities or at risk for developmental delays. The program is offered in conjunction with the Department of Counseling Psychology
  • Sports Conditioning and Management of the Athlete
  • Ergonomics and Worker Wellness


  • Psychology,Business, Foreign Language



  • In 38 states and with professional and collegiate sports programs.
  • 36 weeks of internship plus 6 months to one-year of paid clinical experience through our unique Cooperative Education Program.


Read about the Polly Cerasoli Scholarship Fund named for a former faculty member and alumna.

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Contact Info

Maura Daly Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH, FNAP
Chairperson, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
301 Robinson Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.3908
Fax: 617.373.7930