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


The D.P.T. program provides an enriched curriculum dedicated to our mission. Through experiential learning and evidence-based practice, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a highly qualified and competent entry-level physical therapist.

Throughout the program, you will have a wide range of hands-on clinical experiences in our faculty-run physical therapy clinic, academic and research laboratories, and various healthcare facilities.

Feel confident in your future.

The NIU D.P.T. program is dedicated to proving you with the quality education required to become an exceptional physical therapist. We're accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Over the last few years, our program outcomes have demonstrated high employment, licensure and graduation rates.

Summer 2020 Applications

D.P.T. admissions are transitioning to the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS). Classes will begin in the summer term starting in the 2020-21 academic year. Applications for summer 2020 will be available by July 2019 and are due Sept. 15, 2020. All documents — including application, references, goal statement and any non-NIU transcripts — must be received by the October deadline for consideration.

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The Physical Therapy Program at Northern Illinois University is accredited by:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314