Northern Arizona University

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Northern Arizona University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

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Last Updated by Program: 03/13/2007


Address:   Program in Physical Therapy

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Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Phone:   (928)523-4092  Fax:   (928)523-9289


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Program E-mail:



Mark W Cornwall, PT, PhD, Cped




  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (high research activity)



  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, June 1980 (no longer offered) Master's degree, April 1989 (no longer offered) DPT degree, May 2001

  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation

  Next Visit   2009

  Five Year History:   Accreditation



Doctor of Physical Therapy



The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is an entry-level professional program. Students start in the fall semester and continue for 33 consecutive months. The students are enrolled in classes during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Graduation occurs in May. A post professional, transitional DPT, program has been designed for the licensed physical therapist that wants to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.



Students first participate in clerkship experiences that occur during the first 2 years of the program. Following clerkships, the students participate in internship experiences. These consist of four different clinical experiences that are each 8 weeks in length.



There are nine full-time faculty members. All are licensed as physical therapists. Eight of the full-time faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees (PhD), and all are engaged in clinical practice. The faculty has collectively published in numerous professional and scientific journals and have authored numerous texts and book chapters. The faculty to student ratio is 1:15.



Northern Arizona University has a total student enrollment of 19,900, with a diverse culture, gender, and age. The physical therapy program has a total student enrollment of 44 per class. Both in-state and out-of-state students are eligible to apply to the program.



Students must have a baccalaureate degree. The prerequisite course work includes 3 semester hours each of statistics, abnormal or developmental psychology, and general psychology; and 1-year lecture with lab each of anatomy and physiology, general chemistry, and physics. Must send GRE scores with application. Applications are accepted from mid August through the deadline. Applicants should check with the NAU PT program for the exact deadline date each year. Candidates are selected for interviews that occur in March. Notice of admission occurs in mid-April. The cumulative grade point average for the current class is 3.69 on a 4.0 scale.



99% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). Job listing information should be sent to



Tuition for the 2006-2007 academic year is estimated at $2450 per semester for in-state students and $7000 per semester for out-of-state students. Summer tuition is approximately$ 1600 - $1850. Additional fees throughout the program are estimated to be $5,000 (includes books). Financial aid information is available through the Office of Financial Aid at Northern Arizona University. The Office of Financial Aid publishes an informational booklet describing various financial aid opportunities each year. Private sources through the Department of Physical Therapy are identified to the students as the sources become available.



Dormitories are available on campus, and off-campus rentals are minimal; the average rent on campus varies between $400 to $700 per month. Intercollegiate athletic programs include a wide variety of men's and women's sports, such as track and cross-country, basketball, volleyball, swimming, and football. Northern Arizona University is a member of the "Big Sky Conference." The university is known as the "mountain campus" because of its location at 7,000 feet adjacent to the San Francisco Peaks. The location allows for a wide variety of outdoor activities to be enjoyed, such as downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking in the nearby Grand Canyon National Park and Oak Creek Canyon, water sports, and cycling. Metropolitan Phoenix is approximately 125 miles away, with a 2.5-hour drive or a 30-minute flight.