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.
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