2019-20 Applicants

Northwestern University


Contact Information more...

Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences
Northwestern University
645 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1100
Chicago IL, 60611
(312) 908-8160
dpt-admissions@northwestern.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
09/08/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/PhD: In conjunction with the McCormick School of Engineering, students earn the DPT and PhD in Engineering. Applicants complete the PTCAS application for the DPT and The Graduate School application for the PhD. The 7+ year program is fully funded.

DPT/MPH: In conjunction with the Program in Public Health, students earn the DPT and MPH (Master of Public Health). Only applicants who have been offered DPT admission may apply for the MPH and dual track. Both degrees are completed in 3 years.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
95
Anticipated size of next entering class
95
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
20%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum of the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine prepares physical therapists to apply the art and science of physical therapy to solve complex patient/client needs for individuals throughout the lifespan. During our 32 month curriculum, learning is viewed as a dynamic and interactive process. Learning of clinical sciences and professional issues begins early and reinforces the clinical significance of the basic sciences.

The program includes 38 weeks of full-time clinical education divided into 4 separate clinical education opportunities; two 6-week experiences integrated within the curriculum and two 13-week experiences at the end of the program. In addition to the full-time clinical experiences, students have multiple opportunities to interact with patients, families, and health professionals throughout the curriculum, both in clinical facilities and in the classroom.

Learning activities focus on developing students’ abilities to think critically and develop creative solutions to a variety of clinical problems that increase in complexity throughout the curriculum. All students conduct inquiry into a narrowly defined topic of relevance to the profession of physical therapy through a faculty supervised project that culminates in a formal presentation to peers, faculty, and members of the clinical community. Academic and clinical faculty cooperatively plan and implement creative and progressive learning experiences to prepare graduates to assume various roles within physical therapy and a changing health care environment.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

We will consider all applications submitted by the deadline and will begin reviews as soon as a file is verified by PTCAS. We encourage submitting the application as soon as possible to allow ample time for the PTCAS verification process.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Due Date of First Required Deposit
02/01/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A grade of C or higher is required for a course to fulfill a prerequisite.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7756
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning % score
 
66%
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
61%
Analytical writing % score
 
70%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Official GRE scores must be received by PTCAS by the application deadline.

Applicants MUST send official scores to ETS code 7756. Our code listing is called "Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine – PTCAS".

Selecting a different institution code (even with a "physical therapy" department code) is NOT correct. We can only access scores sent to the 7756 institution code.

Observation Hours

 
We value depth and breadth in PT observation hours, diversity in settings and patient populations is a plus. Most successful candidates have spent 100+ hours in a PT clinical setting by the time of application. Verification of hours via PTCAS is preferred.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Description of supplemental requirements
Please see the link below for instructions regarding the supplemental application fee. The supplemental fee will be waived for applicants who have received a PTCAS fee waiver.
Deadline for supplemental materials
2019-10-01
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
* One letter must be from a physical therapist who has supervised the applicant in the clinical setting.

* One letter must be from a college level professor.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non-native English speakers* must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by scoring 100 or higher on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official TOEFL scores must be submitted to PTCAS via ETS code 5312.

*Non-native English speakers who have earned a post-secondary degree from an institution where the official language of instruction is English are NOT required to submit TOEFL scores.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
To best prepare for graduate study at Northwestern, we recommend the majority of prerequisite coursework is completed at an accredited 4­year college or university.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Part of the 12 semester hours in the BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. 2 semesters of a combined course or 1 semester each of separate Anatomy and Physiology courses are acceptable. Laboratory experience in Anatomy is required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
See course description for A&P I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Part of the 12 semester hours in the BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
English Composition / Writing
This requirement may be satisfied with any English or other course that includes a significant writing component.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Writing
Math
An introductory level Calculus course or higher is required. College Algebra and Pre-Calculus are NOT acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
Physics I
Either trigonometry or calculus­level physics is acceptable, however calculus physics will be more beneficial for this program.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See course description for Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Part of the 12 semester hours in the BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES. One course must be introductory/general psychology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General
Social/Behavioral Science
Part of the 12 semester hours in the BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES. Additional courses focusing on human behavior may be taken in Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Social/Behavioral Science
Part of the 12 semester hours in the BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Social/Behavioral Science
Part of the 12 semester hours in the BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
Statistics
This course may be taken in any department.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses