Northeastern University

Information about Physical Therapist program at Northeastern University



Northeastern University (A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 01/20/2004
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
Northeastern University
6 Robinson Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone:   (617)373-3160
Fax:   (617)373-3161
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (617)373-2200
Financial Aid Phone:   (617)373-3190
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Meredith H Harris, PT, EdD
  Accreditor:   New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, January 1930 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, October 1997 (no longer admitting students) DPT degree, July 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
As part of cooperative education, students have 1.0 years of paid clinical work experience. Students complete three 8-week clinical experiences during the length of the program. Cooperative education and clinical experiences are offered in a wide range of geographic areas, clinical specialty areas, and clinical settings. Students are encouraged to select from a wide variety of clinical settings, including inpatient acute care, outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, and specialty areas that could include neurological rehabilitation, geriatrics/extended care, chest physical therapy, pediatrics, cardiac rehabilitation, and others.
There are 21 full-time and 40 part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 50% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, five are certified as clinical specialists and eight are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years the faculty has averaged six publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:24.
Northeastern University has a total of over 14,000 students enrolled full-time with a new freshman enrollment goal of 2,800. Each year the physical therapy program enrolls approximately 100 freshmen students.
Gaining admission to the physical therapy program as a freshman is competitive. The Admission Committee seeks to offer admission to the most talented students in the applicant pools. The committee considers a number of factors including quality of courses taken in high school, grades earned, high school rank, if available, SAT I scores, recommendations, essays, extra-curricular activities, and interest in the profession of physical therapy. The most competitive PT applicants have completed 4 years each of English and Mathematics, 3-4 years of Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, and 2-3 years of Foreign Language. Students may transfer into the program in the freshman and sophomore yeas with admission based upon academic achievement and availability of space.
79% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average).
The upper class tuition for 2003-2004 is $25,840 (2 semesters). For the graduate component of the program the tuition is $790.00 per semester hour - total for MS year $24,490. Rooms at the university residence are $2,630 per semester. Rates for board average $2,100 per semester depending on the meal plan selected. Approximately 75% of all freshmen receive financial aid.
A wide range of on and off-campus housing is available. Physical therapy students often participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics as well as the many clubs and student activities offered on campus. Northeastern University is located in the Back Bay section of Boston and offers numerous cultural, entertainment, and sports facilities. Northeastern University is served by subway, bus, and commuter rail lines and is 40 minutes by public transportation from Logan Airport. Northeastern is within a half-hour walk of four major medical centers and numerous other health care facilities.