The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program prepares individuals to function as entry-level physical therapists. Successful completion of this accredited academic program in physical therapy will meet one of the eligibility requirements for state licensure.
The faculty of the physical therapy program has determined that for students to successfully complete the professional physical therapy program, they must have abilities and skills in observation, communication, motor function, intellectual performance, and professional behavior. A student must, with or without reasonable accommodation, possess these technical skills upon admission to the physical therapy program. A copy of these technical standards for the physical therapy program can be obtained from the Physical Therapy Student Handbook.
In addition to the usual costs for a university student, physical therapy majors are responsible for the costs involved with
- appropriate clinical attire
- transportation to and from, and room and board at, clinical facilities
- proof of Hepatitis B, rubella, mumps, rubeola, and varicella immunity
- annual TB tests
- student professional liability insurance
- clinical site specific requirements
- maintenance of CPR certification
- professional textbooks and supplies
Full-time clinical experiences are an integral part of the curriculum, providing the student opportunities to apply academic knowledge under the supervision of skilled physical therapists. Clinical experiences, offered throughout the United States, are scheduled by the NIU physical therapy faculty. Students are required to complete two full-time six-week clinical experiences, as well as two full-time eight-week clinical experiences. Specific clinical sites may require background checks and/or drug testing.
The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.