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

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy
209 Wirtz Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1383
Fax: (815) 753-0720

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:

  • 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:

Graduation Year Graduation Rate Ultimate License Examination Pass Rate Employment Rate*
2014 100% 85% (to date) 100%
2013 97% 95% 100%
2012 94% 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.  With the exception of the GRE scores, all application documents (application, references, goal statement and non-NIU transcripts, documentation of hours) must be received by the October 15th deadline. Applications incomplete as of the deadline will not be reviewed.

Please be sure to address the topics listed in your goal statement.

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

The program in Physical Therapy at Northern Illinois University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virgina, 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email:; website:
Information regarding accreditation can be found at CAPTE website.