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Undergraduate Pre-Physical Therapy Scholars Program

The Northwestern Undergraduate Pre-Physical Therapy Scholars Program (NUPPT-SP) is an early application program to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in the Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences at Feinberg School of Medicine. It’s designed for for high-achieving Northwestern University undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to a career as a physical therapist. Up to five students are admitted into the program each year.

NUPPT-SP offers:

  • Early application (winter quarter of third undergraduate year) to enter the DPT program at the Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences in the fall quarter after completion of undergraduate degree
  • A wide range of pre-professional experiences at Feinberg School of Medicine, including research opportunities, classroom exposure and activities with faculty, alumni and current physical therapy students
  • Encouragement and support for personal engagement in extra-academic exploration and activities
  • Submission of only one physical therapy school application (to Northwestern)


To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Complete two years of undergraduate coursework in residence at Northwestern University with an overall and science GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Receive counseling from a pre-health adviser or Northwestern University college adviser at Health Professions Advising after completion of the second undergraduate year and prior to submitting an application to NUPPT-SP in the winter quarter of the third undergraduate year
  • Demonstrate commitment to a career as a physical therapist in a sincere and convincing manner through application essay and participation in ongoing extra-academic clinical and research activities
  • Complete several hours either observing, working or volunteering in a physical therapy setting
  • Complete at least two of the three prerequisite course sequences listed below by the time of application, in residence at Northwestern University (if a student received AP credit for any of the required science sequences, it is strongly recommended that higher-level coursework in that content area be completed at Northwestern):
    • Inorganic, Physical Chemistry: Three quarters or equivalent
    • Physics: Three quarters or equivalent (calculus‐based physics is preferred)
    • Biological Sciences: BIO 201, 202, 203

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following between Nov. 1st and April 1st of their third undergraduate year at Northwestern:

All applicants will receive notification of status during spring quarter.

Admitted applicants will be expected to:

  • Sign a letter of intent to enroll and submit a tuition deposit
  • Complete all outstanding DPT prerequisite courseworkprior to matriculation
  • Complete necessary forms with the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service

Contact Us

NUPPT-SP program advising is available through your Northwestern college adviser and Health Professions Advising (847-467-4281 or

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