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PBDPT Frequently Asked Questions

Post Baccalaureate DPT Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions, Applications and Requirements

On average, how many students apply to this program compared with how many are accepted?
We receive approximately 200 applications for this very competitive program - (20-25 seats).

Is Northeastern's PB-DPT program accredited?
Yes the Physical Therapy program has been fully accredited since 1930.

Are the GRE's required?
No, at this time Northeastern University does not require the GRE as part of the application process to the PB-DPT. However, if you have taken this exam you may submit your scores and they will be reviewed.

Do required courses need to be completed by the time of application submission or by the time of admission?
Courses may be in progress at the time of application; however, all prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed in order to matriculate. Should you be accepted to the program with outstanding prerequisites, your acceptance would be conditional upon satisfactory completion of any outstanding requirements. Prerequisite courses can be taken at any accredited college or university.

What are the core prerequisites for application to the PB-DPT program?

  • Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (2 semesters)
  • General Psychology (1 semester)
  • Developmental Psychology (1 semester)
  • Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Physics with Lab (2 semesters)
  • English (1 semester)
  • Statistics (1 semester)
  • Exercise Physiology (1 semester)
  • English Writing Course (1 semester)

Is Exercise Physiology a requirement for the program?
Yes.  This course may be taken at any accredited college or university. Exercise physiology courses are often offered from departments of exercise science or physiology. An on-line format of this course is offered by the United States Sports Academy & MGH Institute of Health Sciences.

Is a second semester of psychology required to apply?
In addition to the required semester of General Psychology, a life span developmental psychology course that presents the typical psychological development of individuals from birth through old age is also required.

If I have not taken Developmental Psychology but have other extensive course work in Psychology would this fulfill the prerequisite?
The developmental psychology requirement is intended to afford the student with an understanding of typical psychological development of individuals across the life span; therefore the only other option to meet this requirement would be individual courses in child, adolescent, and adult psychology through old age. Abnormal Psychology does not satisfy this requirement.

At what intervals are students accepted to the program?
Effective with the academic year of 2012/2013, the PB-DPT program will begin in the spring semester of each academic year (which starts in January.)

Do you have rolling applications?
Applications are accepted year round. However, the specific deadline is as noted on the website; as a general rule of thumb the date will be the 1st Friday in January after News Years Day. All students are notified after the deadline date and the first round of acceptance letters will be sent by mid-February.  An "active wait list" is maintained once the class has been filled should a seat become available in the class to which you have applied.

In filling out the application where do I enter my volunteer observation hours?
These experiences afford prospective students with valuable insight to the profession.  A good place to capture these hours [minimum of 40] would be to incorporate them in either the resume or personal statement

Do I need to attach a copy of my resume to the application?
Yes, an up to date resume is part of the application process and should be submitted with the application.

What are the requirements for Anatomy and Physiology?
Two semesters of course work with a co-requisite lab will fill this requirement. Some universities offer a semester of Anatomy, followed by a semester of Human Physiology (vs. Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2) and this is also acceptable. An on line course will not meet this prerequisite requirement.

Is there a required minimum GPA to apply to the PB-DPT program?
Yes a minimal GPA of 3.0 and core prerequisites completed with a "C" grade or higher is required.

Does this program only start in the fall?
Effective with the 2012/13 academic year the PB-DPT program will begin in January during the start of our spring semester.

Do you allow courses to be taken online?
Yes on-line courses are accepted provided taken through an accredited college or university.  If you have specific request you should contact the PB-DPT director – Sonya Larrieux

What resources are available for  international students?
The university has a strong global emphasis that embraces diversity and offers a welcoming and encouraging environment for all of our international students. The International Student & Scholar Institute (ISSI)—part of a comprehensive University support network—offers cultural and educational programs and services designed to support your transition to life in the United States and to enrich your Northeastern experience.

Where do I find application materials for your program?
The application process is fully electronic.  The " Apply" button, found on the left navigation of each program's web site will bring you to the application.

Where can I find schedules for Open House programs?
Updated information for Open Houses and Information Sessions can be found at the Graduate School web page for the college. 

Is there some way to submit specific question I may have or get updates related to your program?
The universities inquiry portal  will allow you to get periodic information about admission deadlines, open houses etc. as well as request information.

Where do I send any necessary mail correspondences?
Northeastern University
Graduate School Admissions
360 Huntington Avenue
123 Behrakis Health Sciences Center
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Are there clinical experience locations in the Boston area?
Clinical education experiences are located throughout the greater Boston area and in just about every state in the U.S.

What would be the steps for obtaining masters in physical therapy?
The terminal degree in Physical Therapy is currently the clinical doctorate and we no longer offer a masters degree. 

How long does the PB-DPT curriculum take to complete?
The program takes 3 full academic years plus one semester. There are 6 semesters of didactic course work (5 full and 2 half summer sessions); 3 months of co-operative education and 36 weeks of clinical education distributed across 3 different clinical facilities.

What is the approximate cost per year for the program?
The tuition is decided each spring by the Board of Trustees.  There are no tuition fees when students are on co-op assignment. 

Is this a cohort program or can the students take classes as they fit into their schedule?
The PB-DPT program is "cohort program". Students move forward in the curriculum as one graduating class.  It is importantto note that, graduate students join the existing undergraduate cohorts who are in their third year of curricular study.  The two cohorts matriculate together as one graduating class through the professional phase of the DPT curriculum.

Can PB- DPT Program Students do a concentration in Pediatrics?
The Early Intervention Certification Program prepares students to work with one sector of the pediatric population; children from birth to 3-years old. 

Does this program accommodate full-time job holders?
The PB-DPT program at Northeastern is a full time day program; all classes are offered between 8:00 AM and typically not beyond 5:30 PM on Monday through Friday.

Is there a part time DPT program available at Northeastern?
The PB-DPT program for graduate students is a full-time day school program.
The only part time program offered at NU is through the College of Professional and Continuing Studies (CPS) -the t-DPT program: a transitional DPT for individuals who are physical therapists but do not have a DPT.  The contact person for that program is Dr. Susan Lowe

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Contact Info

Maura Daly Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH,FNAP
Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
301 Robinson Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.3908
Fax: 617.373.3161

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