2019-20 Applicants

Northern Illinois University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

M. J. Blaschak, PT, PhD
Program Coordinator
Physical Therapy Program
Northern Illinois University
3100 Sycamore Road
DeKalb IL, 60115-2828
(815) 753-1438
(815) 753-1484
pt@niu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/15/2020
Social networking
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
34
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
94%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
6%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
24%
% Female
76%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
6%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3%
% Asian
6%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
3%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
82%

Program Description more...

The D.P.T. degree program provides a challenging 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.

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.

The faculty for the D.P.T. program at NIU take pride in providing a high quality, professional educational experience. The faculty emphasize the development of clinical decision-making skills that are based on current best evidence, as well the development of exception manual skills and the application of therapeutic exercise principles in the examination and treatment of individuals across the lifespan. The D.P.T. program is one of only a few in the country that provides an early introduction to direct patient care, which is done through NIU's Physical Therapy Clinic.

At the NIU Physical Therapy Clinic, our licensed staff provides evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal and/or neurological conditions for both NIU students and local residents. As a graduate physical therapy student, you’ll also have the opportunity to put your skills and knowledge to practice here.

Application Deadlines

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

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
No
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Additional information about Interviews
Interviews for DPT admission at NIU will be granted to selected applicants after all submitted application material has been reviewed by the admissions committee. If you are invited to an interview, you should bring a printed copy of your resume and the NIU application essays. The scheduled interview date is Saturday, November 9, 2019.

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.60
Last 60 Hours GPA
3.00
3.70
 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
4474
University GRE code
1559
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
09/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
151
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0

Observation Hours

 
Applicants to NIU’s DPT Program are required to document, and have a licensed physical therapist verify, a minimum of 50 hours of clinical observation and/or clinical work under a licensed physical therapist. At least 15 hours must be obtained from each setting.

The minimum of 50 hours of clinical observation and/or clinical work under a physical therapist must be performed in at least two different physical therapy settings with a minimum of 15 hours coming from each of the settings. (for Example: 30 observation hours in an Outpatient Orthopedic setting and 20 hours in an Acute Care setting.)
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 REQUIRED
50
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$25.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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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
Three reference letters are required for admission and MUST include:
* A physical therapist
* An academic or work source
* A source of your choice – person with whom you have a professional relationship

Letters from close friends and family members will not be accepted to meet the requirement.

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
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Other
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send original Canadian transcript to institution
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework

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
* Provisional acceptance may be granted pending completion of admission requirements. Contact the physical therapy program regarding admissions.

* You must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all below prerequisites.
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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
4 semester hours of anatomy or 5 - 8 of human anatomy and physiology.
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: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
8 semester hours of general biology with laboratory
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Advanced
Biology II
8 semester hours of general biology with laboratory.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • Biology: Advanced
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • A&P: Advanced
Chemistry
8 semester hours of general chemistry with laboratory
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry
8 semester hours of general chemistry with laboratory.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Medical Terminology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 1-3
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics
8 semester hours of general physics with laboratory.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics
8 semester hours of general physics with laboratory.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
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: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
Psychology
General Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Research Methods
Course includes research design, reliability, validity, levels of evidence, use of statistics in research
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Research Methods
  • Research Methods
  • Social and Behavioral Science: Research Methods
Statistics
Course in general or basic statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics