Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) - NIU - College of Health & Human Sciences

Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

NIU's Physical Therapy program is dedicated to educating individuals who can function as inquiring, well-rounded, entry-level therapists capable of providing optimum care in a sophisticated and changing health care environment. The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):

  • Focuses on enhancing the student's problem-solving skills, using evidence based practice, and fostering positive attitudes toward professional involvement and continuing education.
  • Exposes students to a broad range of part-time and full-time clinical experiences with clinical specialists in the PT laboratory and at various health care facilities throughout the Illinois and the surrounding states.

Graduation Rate, Licensure Pass Rate, and Employment Rate of Recent Graduates

Graduates of the D.P.T. program must pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) in order to work/practice as a physical therapist in the United States. Information may be found at this link:  https://www.fsbpt.org/ExamCandidates/NationalExam(NPTE).aspx.

Graduation Year Graduation Rate Ultimate License Examination Pass Rate Employment Rate*
2013 97% 86% (to date) 100%
2012 94% 97% 100%
2011 97% 97% 100%

*Employed as a PT within 6 months of passing licensing exam.

Applications for Fall 2015 admission will be available in July, 2014.  The deadline for Fall 2015 admission is October 15, 2014.

Additional Fees*

  • National Physical Therapy Exam: $400 (effective 1/1/14) 
  • Appropriate clinical attire: varies
  • Series of vaccinations: ~$90.00
  • TB test: no charge at UHS
  • Student professional liability insurance: varies
  • CPR Certificate: $15.00 - $45.00 depending on venue
  • Textbooks and supplies: varies
  • Living expenses while on clinical
  • Additional clinical-related fees

*Please note that prices may change or vary and are subject to the pricing policies of outside vendors used for these services