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


The D.P.T. degree program is a competitive and enriching curriculum dedicated to optimum healthcare. Through experiential learning and evidence-based practice, you’ll gain the knowledge and problem-solving skills to become a capable, well-rounded physical therapist.

Throughout the program, you will have a wide range of hands-on clinical experiences in our physical laboratory and various healthcare facilities. Our clinical specialists will work with you along the way to make sure you’re prepared to make your mark in the field of physical therapy.

Feel confident in your future.

We believe that you need a quality education to become an exceptional physical therapist and that’s why we’re accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). In fact, our graduates speak to that every year. Over the last few years, we’ve had incredibly high graduation rates and every one of our graduates has been employed as a physical therapist after passing their licensing exam.

Fall 2019 Applications

Applications for the fall 2019 admission cycle will be available in July 2018. The application deadline for fall, 2019 is October 15, 2018. With the exception of the GRE scores, all application documents (application, references, goal statement, any non-NIU transcripts and documentation of hours) must be received by the October 15th deadline. Applications that are incomplete as of the deadline will not be reviewed.

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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

The transitional doctor of physical therapy (tDPT) degree is no longer offered at NIU. The tDPT degree is separate and distinct from the entry-level doctor of physical therapy (DPT). The tDPT program is not accredited by CAPTE.