Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program prepares graduates for the national physical therapy exam (NPTE) and state licensure. For more information, please review the technical standards of the program at Northwestern University and the resources available through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The career outlook for Physical Therapists has been consistently positive and is projected for continued growth in the future. Please refer to The Bureau of Labor Statistics and APTA for additional information about the profession and career planning resources.

The Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences (PTHMS) at Northwestern University is the oldest physical therapy school in the nation, has consistently been ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report, and has garnered a worldwide reputation as a premier educational program and research and training location in the field of Physical Therapy and Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences with special emphasis on excellence in professional education. PTHMS maintains the richest possible educational environment through the enrollment of a diverse student body, one that represents applicants from underrepresented populations, applicants with work experience, and applicants from the smallest to the largest of our nation's colleges and universities. Our department attracts faculty and students from all areas of the United States and from around the world. The Admissions Committee looks for evidence of emotional maturity, motivation, achievement, character, and academic excellence. A premium is placed on the breadth, depth and rigor of the academic program, life experiences, and clinical and research exposure.

Three former students' views of the program:

"The curriculum in the physical therapy program is tailored to incorporate academic knowledge, cutting edge research, and clinical experience and I realized the strong interaction between all of these components would create a solid foundation for providing excellent patient care in the future," says Stephanie Chirillo, DPT student in the Class of 2013. <more>

"When I asked about research opportunities at some of the other PT schools I visited, I was met with blank stares," Vanessa Warner, Class of 2012 says. "When I heard about the research opportunities at Feinberg, I knew I wanted to go to school here." <more>

"A DPT degree from Feinberg carries with it a reputation of excellence that has been strengthened over many decades of physical therapy education," Stephen Baynai, Class of 2010 says. "I chose the program knowing that I would be a part of this reputation and that, upon graduation, it would be my responsibility to uphold and strengthen it throughout the course of my career." <more>

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