Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University
The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) consists of two points of entry, an undergraduate entry and a postbaccalaureate entry. The DPT program in the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University is one of the oldest accredited programs of its kind in the United States. The program encompasses the university's core values of "interdisciplinary education, urban engagement, international knowledge, and cutting-edge research." It is designed to meet the needs of individuals from diverse educational and career backgrounds.
Co-op Education in the DPT Program
The physical therapy program at Northeastern University is the only program of its kind in the United States that provides DPT students with a six-month period of employment in the PT field in addition to clinical education internship at the end of the program. This six-month co-operative experience occurs mid-program.
The cooperative education program allows students to acquire real-world experience at national facilities. The combination of theoretical and hands-on learning ensures that students graduate from the program ready to provide the highest quality of care to patients.
Doctor of Physical Therapy -- Post-Baccalaureate Program
The DPT - Post-baccalaureate is a full-time, 4-year program that educates students who have bachelor's or master's degrees in disciplines other than physical therapy for the profession of physical therapy. The program consists of 7 semesters of coursework, a 6-month cooperative education assignment, and 36 weeks of clinical education. The clinical education internship occurs in the final year of the program and takes place at 3 different sites and in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and specialty environments.
Applicants to the program must complete several prerequisite courses including anatomy and physiology with lab, psychology, chemistry with lab, physics with lab, exercise physiology, English, and statistics.
The program's curriculum includes courses related to health, wellness & rehabilitation across all of the practice patterns of Physical Therapy – in cardio-pulmonary, musculoskeletal & neurological rehabilitation seen throughout the lifespan. Current research, technology and evidence supporting the clinical practice is the anchor for all aspects of the curriculum. Experiential learning opportunities (PT student exchanges, global service learning and urban service learning) are available to all students and take place all over the world including Costa Rica, India, Peru, South Africa, and Switzerland.
The Physical Therapy Department at Northeastern University is home to numerous research labs including an Occupational and Biomechanics Research Lab, Locomotion Lab, Neuromotor Systems Lab, Biomotion Research Lab, Neurorehabilitation Lab, Neuroscience Wet Lab and a Cadaver Lab. Students engage in research with both clinical and research faculty as part of their program of study and may be employed in these labs as well.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
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International Financial Aid:
International Financial Aid Description:
Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.
All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.