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Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) - Pending Approval

The North Central College School of Education and Health Sciences is currently developing a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Pending Higher Learning Commission and Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education approval, the Program will enroll its first cohort in January 2023. 

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a 2.5-year innovative program that will educate future physical therapists to be prepared for the complex and everchanging needs of health care. The goal of the program is to graduate clinically competent practitioners who are critical thinkers that rely on evidence-informed practice and work closely with others within the health care field. The curriculum will be built on a liberal arts foundation to assist with development of strong clinical reasoning skills; the presence of multiple other health care programs on campus provides the opportunity for a strong interprofessional component of DPT program curriculum.

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Accreditation Status

Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

North Central College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE.  The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2022.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.  Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

North Central College is currently seeking Higher Learning Commission Program Approval.

For more information, please contact northcentralpt@noctrl.edu.

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The faculty of the North Central College Doctor of Physical Therapy Program are dedicated to the vision, mission, values and commitment of the DPT program. Years of educational and clinical experiences have come together to develop an exciting and unique DPT learner experience dedicated to educational excellence and learner success while role modeling our values of integrity, excellence, and balance. The faculty welcome questions and dialogue with prospective students, current students, colleagues, and community members wanting to know more about the North Central College DPT program and the profession of physical therapy.

Sara Scholtes

Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy; Founding Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
School of Educ & Health Sci
+1 630 637 5835

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