Physical Therapy, DPT— Postbaccalaureate Entry

Sonya Larrieux, PT, MA, PhD, C/NDT
Director, DPT Graduate Affairs

Diane Fitzpatrick, PT, DPT, MS, CEEAA
Associate Director, Student Affairs

301 Robinson Hall
617.373.3908
617.373.3161 (fax)
PB_DPT_INQUIRIES@northeastern.edu

Our Postbaccalaureate Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed for individuals who hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in any major other than physical therapy and have satisfied the prerequisite requirements. Over the course of three and one-half years, this rigorous curriculum provides didactic and experiential learning experiences, the cornerstone of our program. These experiences include cooperative education, simulated patient interactions, engagement with consumer clients, service-learning, clinical research, and clinical education experiences.

Emphasis on Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

Our DPT program provides students with six months of full-time experiential learning in addition to the required clinical affiliations necessary for licensure. Through cooperative education, the hallmark of Northeastern University, students are able to integrate semesters of academic study with semesters of cooperative education experiences in hospitals and clinics throughout the country and around the globe. Students may be employed as physical therapy co-ops with increasing responsibilities commensurate with their academic studies or perform other health-related duties.

Clinical Education

The curriculum also includes three rotations for a total of 36 weeks of clinical education under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. We are affiliated with world-class medical centers and clinical sites throughout the United States, providing students with access to master clinicians and clinical scholars. Every effort is made to accommodate individual circumstances, but students should be prepared to travel out of state for two of the three clinical placements. Availability of a car may be required, as most sites are not accessible by public transportation. All expenses associated with clinical education, including travel and housing, are the responsibility of the student.

Global Outreach

Students may participate in short cultural immersion experiences abroad whereby they engage in community service projects under the direction of a physical therapy faculty member or on physical therapy academic exchanges with partner academic institutions.

Service-Learning

During the curriculum, students participate in service-learning opportunities in the local community in which they learn and apply skills and knowledge related to program objectives. These opportunities start during the first academic year and continue throughout the program in a variety of settings.

Ability to Concentrate

Once in the program, students may have the ability to acquire additional information in two areas of concentration. The Certificate in Early Intervention is an interprofessional program that meets the state and national requirements for personnel to work with families, infants and toddlers with disabilities, or those who are at risk for developmental delays. The Sports Performance Concentration seeks to prepare the physical therapy student to confidently pursue a sports physical therapy position working with athletes of all ages in a variety of settings. In both areas, students take additional course work and conduct focused research and clinical rotations that expand upon the entry-level physical therapy curriculum.

Student Research

Physical therapy students participate in research that is integrated into the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty to conduct ongoing research in world-renowned medical centers, in one of the 10 Department of Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Science’s labs and centers (e.g., Neuromotor Systems Lab, Lab for Locomotion Research, The ReGameVR Lab, Movement Neuroscience Lab, Rehabilitation and Epidemiology Trainee Program, Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab, Neurophysiology Lab, Teaching and Learning Innovation Lab, Cadaver Lab, and Neuroscience Wet Lab). The successful outcome is the ability to conduct and present quality research at local and/or national-level conferences.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirements 

A grade of C or higher is required in all courses.

Required Core
HLTH 5450
and HLTH 5451
Healthcare Research
and Recitation for HLTH 5450
4
PT 5101
and PT 5102
Foundations of Physical Therapy
and Lab for PT 5101
4
PT 5145Introduction to the Healthcare System2
PT 5160
and PT 5161
Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare
and Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare Seminar
4
PT 5450
and PT 5504
Introduction to Therapeutic Activities
and Lab for PT 5503
3
PT 6215
and PT 6216
Assistive Technology
and Lab for PT 6215
4
PT 6243
and PT 6244
Health Education, Promotion, and Wellness
and Recitation for PT 6243
3
Medicine and Management
PT 5140
and PT 5141
Pathology
and Recitation for PT 5140
4
PT 5230Pediatric and Geriatric Aspects of Life Span Management3
PT 5503
and PT 5504
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Management
and Lab for PT 5503
5
PT 5500Pharmacology for Physical Therapy2
PT 6000Leadership, Administration, and Management2
PT 6241Screening for Medical Conditions in Physical Therapy Practice4
Anatomy and Physiology
PT 5131
and PT 5132
Gross Anatomy
and Lab for PT 5131
5
PT 5133
and PT 5134
Kinesiology
and Lab for PT 5133
4
PT 5515
and PT 5516
Integumentary Systems and Advanced Modalities
and Lab for PT 5515
3
PT 5505
and PT 5506
Musculoskeletal Management 1
and Lab for PT 5505
5
PT 6223
and PT 6224
Musculoskeletal Management 2
and Lab for PT 6223
5
Neurology
PT 5138
and PT 5139
Neuroscience
and Lab for PT 5138
5
PT 5150
and PT 5151
Motor Control, Development, and Learning
and Lab for PT 5150
5
PT 5209
and PT 5210
Neurological Rehabilitation 1
and Lab for PT 5209
5
PT 6221
and PT 6222
Neurological Rehabilitation 2
and Lab for PT 6221
5
Co-op
PT 5111Professional Development for Bouvé Graduate Co-op1
PT 6964Co-op Work Experience (taken two semesters)0
Seminar and Advanced Topics
PT 5226Physical Therapy Professional Seminar 22
Complete 2 semester hours in the following range:2
PT 6231 to PT 6237
Project
PT 5227Physical Therapy Project 13
PT 5229Physical Therapy Project 22
Clinical
PT 5540Clinical Integration 1: Evidence and Practice2
PT 6250Clinical Integration 2: Evidence and Practice2
PT 6251Diagnostic Imaging3
PT 6441Clinical Education 16
PT 6442Clinical Education 26
PT 6448Clinical Education 39

Optional Concentration 

A grade of C or higher is required in all courses.

Sports Performance Concentration
PT 5227Physical Therapy Project 13
PT 5229Physical Therapy Project 22
PT 5165Sports Medicine: Managing the Injured Athlete4
PT 6237Advanced Special Topics in Physical Therapy2
PT 6448Clinical Education 39
or PT 6442 Clinical Education 2

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

123 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

Year 1
 SpringHours  Summer Full SemesterHours
 HLTH 5450
and HLTH 5451
4  PT 5133
and PT 5134
4
 PT 5101
and PT 5102
4  PT 5138
and PT 5139
5
 PT 5131
and PT 5132
5  PT 5140
and PT 5141
4
 PT 5160
and PT 5161
4  PT 55002
  17   15
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours 
PT 51111PT 69640PT 69640PT 5515
and PT 5516
3 
PT 51452  PT 55402 
PT 5150
and PT 5151
5  PT 6243
and PT 6244
3 
PT 5450
and PT 5504
3    
PT 5503
and PT 5504
5    
 16 0 0 8 
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours 
PT 5209
and PT 5210
5PT 52262PT 64416PT 6215
and PT 6216
4 
PT 52273PT 52292 PT 62502 
PT 5505
and PT 5506
5PT 52303 Complete 2 semester hours in the following range:2 
PT 60002PT 6221
and PT 6222
5 PT 6231 to PT 6237 
PT 62414PT 6223
and PT 6224
5   
 19 17 6 8 
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours   
PT 62513PT 64489   
PT 64426    
 9 9   
Total Hours: 124