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Program in Physical Therapy (Post Baccalaureate) Bouve College of Health Sciences Northeastern University

Overview

Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at Northeastern University

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) (http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/pt/index.html) consists of two points of entry, an undergraduate entry and a postbaccalaureate entry (http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/pt/programs/pbdpt.html). 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 ( http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/pt/research.html) 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.

Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Northeastern University is designed for students who are entering college as freshmen. Students are accepted directly into the program as freshmen or can transfer in as an internal transfer prior to the first professional semester of the program.

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 ( http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/pt/research.html) 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.

In the final 2 years of the 6-year program, students complete 36weeks of full-time clinical education that takes place at 3 different sites and in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, and specialty environments.

Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

The Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Northeastern University is a completely online program that was created for applicants who have earned baccalaureate or master's degrees in physical therapy. The program's curriculum runs on a quarter system and includes 22 quarter hours of courses offered throughout the year. Core courses cover differential diagnosis and medical screening, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, nutrition, and motor control. Students take elective courses in a wide range of areas.

Students have the option to complete directed study programs on pre-approved topics and may choose specialties. Areas of concentration include nutrition, leadership, orthopedics, education, geriatrics, pediatrics, women's health, urban health, or independent track.

The Transitional DPT program also includes a comprehensive case analysis, research project, or doctoral level independent project that covers issues such as clinical investigation, community health, ethics, law, and urban health.

Accomplished Faculty Members

DPT students learn from and work with faculty members who demonstrate excellence in teaching, scholarship, and community service. They are active participants in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), prolific researchers, and outstanding practitioners.

Professor and Chair Dr Maura Iversen, is just one of the program's accomplished faculty members. She is a licensed physical therapist who specializes in rheumatology, clinical epidemiology and behavioral science.

Dr. Iversen's research focuses on interventions (behavioral and clinical) to improve health outcomes in adults with arthritis, survey development for musculoskeletal disorders and the epidemiology of arthritis. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Therapy, the Research and Education Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation and the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Dr Iversen is the APTA Representative to the US Osteoarthritis Initiative, the APTA Arthritis Spokesperson , a former Editor for the Physical Therapy Journal and Past President of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals.

DPT faculty members publish numerous articles in scholarly journals on a wide-variety of topics. In 2012, there were 45 peer reviewed journal publications, over 37 peer reviewed conference abstracts, papers, and presentations, more than 400 citations of works by PT faculty with an average H-index of 7.2 and more than $5.7 million multi-year grants submitted to external agencies with PT faculty as PIs. For further details please see Annual Research Report located on the PTD Research Website (http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/pt/research.html).

Northeastern University

Established in 1898, Northeastern University is located in Boston, Massachusetts, in the northeastern region of the United States. It is a private, research university that provides more than 90 undergraduate programs and over 160 graduate programs to 20,000 students.

Northeastern offers students excellent experiential learning opportunities that enrich their classroom education. In fact, its hundred year-old cooperative education program allows students to gain up to one-and-a-half years of professional experience.

Its commitment to providing an extensive range of academic programs and conducting groundbreaking research has earned Northeastern University a ranking on the "U.S. News and World Report" list of the 100 top national universities in the United States since 2011.

About Boston

One of the oldest cities in the nation, Boston is an international hub for commerce, culture, and education. It offers NEU students an extensive range of professional opportunities and recreational options.

Points of interest include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team), Prudential Center, and the Museum of Science.

More information is available regarding graduate applications and graduate studies at Northeastern University.


Location & Contact

Department of Physical Therapy
Bouve College of Health Sciences
Northeastern University
301 Robinson Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5096
United States 
General Phone: 617-373-3908

Dr. Maura Iversen
Professor and Chair


Contact Info
Prof. Sonya Larrieux
Director, Post Baccalaureate DPT Admissions
Phone: 617-373-3101
Email: s.larrieux@neu.edu

Contact Info

Dr. Susan Lowe 
Director, Transitional DPT Admissions
Email: s.lowe@neu.edu


Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 100
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 198
    • Accepted 53
    • Acceptance Rate 26%
    • Enrolled 33
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesbaccalaureate degree
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Financial Aid


Financial Aid:
Scholarships/Grants Available.


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