Northeastern University Physical Therapy graduates are innovative, global leaders who excel in clinical practice, research, and community service. As one of the longest accredited Physical Therapy Programs in the United States, and the only program with Cooperative Education, our students graduate with exceptional clinical decision-making skills, and experience in the field of physical therapy.
If you hold a baccalaureate degree in another field of study, the Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Physical Therapy program [PB-DPT] may be right for you. With an earned undergraduate degree, and the completion of the outlined core prerequisites, you may apply as a graduate student to the professional phase of our DPT program. As such, you will join an existing cohort of undergraduate students and together will work as a graduating class toward the DPT.
Our DPT builds on the university’s core values of interdisciplinary education, urban engagement, international knowledge, and cutting-edge research. Faculty are active in the American Physical Therapy Association and engaged in active clinical research and practice. A hallmark of our program is the integration of experiential learning and didactic education whether through use of standardized patients, communication and interaction with community consultants, participation in service-learning projects, or engagement in research with our faculty.
- Program appropriate for those with a Bachelors degree in another field
- Faculty are engaged in active clinical research and practice
- Program includes didactic, co-operative and clinical education components
The Physical Therapy program at Northeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The PT program at NU has been accredited by CAPTE since January, 1930. It is one of the oldest accredited programs in the country. Accreditation reviews occur every 10 years to ensure quality education that meets the needs of the public and the profession. We were reaccredited on November 6, 2013 and are accredited until 2023.
- Application fee
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts from all institutions attended
- Personal Statement
- TOEFL or IELTS for applicants who do not hold a degree from a U.S. institution and whose native language is not English
- Undergraduate GPA 3.00 (B) or higher
- Official GRE scores within last 5 years
- The following prerequisites:
- Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (2 semesters)
- Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters)
- Physics with Lab (2 semesters)
- General Psychology (1 semester)
- Development Psychology (1 semester)
- Statistics (1 semester)
- Exercise Physiology (1 semester)
- A minimum of forty  observation/volunteer hours in a Physical Therapy facility
A grade of C or higher is required in all courses.
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Complete 2 semester hours in the following range:
Learning extends beyond the classroom at Northeastern. Providing students with opportunities for experiential education that links coursework with the real world is central to the mission both of the University and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Our broad mix of experience-based programs-includes: co-op, student research, service learning, and global learning.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Nursing & Healthcare alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Boston Medical Center
What They Do
- Healthcare Services
- Business Development
- Community and Social Services
What They're Skilled At
- Patient Safety
- Healthcare Management
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