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Doctor of Physical Therapy - Post Baccalaureate

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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. The PB-DPT curriculum begins during the spring semester of each academic year.  Our comprehensive and rigorous curriculum is designed to be completed within three and half years.  It includes didactic, co-operative and clinical education components.   Opportunities also exist for students to engage in community service as well as specific areas of concentration.  Students interested in working with young children may pursue a concentration in Early Intervention (EI). The EI concentration prepares students for the required certification needed to work with this cohort of the Pediatric population.  Our Sports Conditioning and Management of the Athlete concentration is designed for those students with an expressed interest in working with the athlete.  In addition, several students have participated in, global dialogues, of fourteen to thirty days where along with faculty, they had the opportunity for exposure to and emersion into health care systems in countries of Central America, Africa, Asia and Europe. More information is available from the Office of International Study Programs

Admissions Process & Requirements

Prospective students of the Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Physical Therapy [PB-DPT] program must have or will completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to anticipated enrollment in the DPT program. The Admissions Committee welcomes applications from scholars of diverse educational backgrounds.  Decisions are based on the individual applicant's academic qualifications and potential.  Each component of the application is carefully reviewed, and specific attention is given to the:

  • Overall GPA
  • Prerequisite Science GPA
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of recommendation

Although prerequisite requirements may be in progress at the time of application, all must be completed prior to matriculation. Only those applications that have been fully completed and submitted prior by the deadline will be considered.

Letters indicating the outcome of the application review [accepted, provisionally accepted, conditionally accepted, waitlisted or denied] are disseminated from the Bouvé Graduate Office of Admissions from February through the end of March. Prospective students are given two (2) weeks to respond and confirm their intention to enroll in the PB-DPT program that will commence in the spring semester of the subsequent year.  Applications of those placed on the “Wait List” are ranked and these applicants are offered a seat in the class to which they have applied pending any changes in the PB-DPT cohort.


Satisfactory completion - within 10 years - of the following prerequisites courses is required:

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

A minimum of forty [40] observation/volunteer hours in a Physical Therapy facility is required. Documentation of required observation/volunteer hours are to be included within the body of the resume component of the application.

See the PB DPT Curriculum

ATTENTION: If you are a physical therapist with a bachelors or masters degree interested in pursuing a terminal clinical doctoral degree in physical therapy [t-DPT] please go to the following link.

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is January 9, 2015 for individuals seeking admission to the next PB-DPT class who will begin their studies in January 2016 and have an anticipated graduation date of May 2019.

ALL components of the application to the PB-DPT program MUST be received by the noted deadline in order for prospective students to be considered for acceptance into the program.

Experiential Learning

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-including co-op, student research, service learning, and global learning... (read more)

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Contact Info

Sonya L. Larrieux, PT, MA, C/NDT
Director, Post Baccalaureate DPT Program
Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
301 Robinson Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.3101
Fax: 617.373.3161

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