Post Baccalaureate Physical Therapy (DPT)

Northeastern University Physical Therapy graduates are innovative, global leaders who excel in clinical practice, research, and community service. As one of the longest accredited Physical Therapy Programs in the United States, and the only program with Cooperative Education, our students graduate with exceptional clinical decision-making skills, and experience in the field of physical therapy.

Overview

Prospective applicants to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT) with an earned undergraduate degree and the completion of the outlined core prerequisites may apply as a graduate student to this DPT program.The curriculum begins during the summer semester of each academic year. Our comprehensive and rigorous curriculum is designed to be completed within three years and two months. It includes didactic, co-operative and clinical education components. Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a unique program which affords students six months of employment within a physical therapy setting. Opportunities also exist for students to engage in community service as well as specific areas of concentration.

Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program builds on the university’s core values of interdisciplinary education, urban engagement, international knowledge, and cutting-edge research. Our exceptional faculty and staff are dedicated to promoting excellence in practice, education, scholarship, and community service. Faculty are active in the American Physical Therapy Association and engaged in active research and practice. A hallmark of our program is the integration of experiential learning and didactic education whether with the assistance of standardized patients, communication, and interaction with community consultants, participation in service-learning projects, or engagement in research with our faculty.

Diversity Information

As global citizens, the Post Baccalaureate program in Physical Therapy is dedicated to access, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to developing future health professionals who can advance diversity by providing culturally informed care to people across race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, age, ability, and nationality. We support the acquisition of competencies that ready our students to recognize, broach, and interrupt discrimination in its many forms.

Global

We offer multiple global academic and service-oriented experiences including PT academic exchange programs to Switzerland, and other international cooperative experiences as well as service PT programs to Ecuador. 

Concentrations

Our Sports Performance Concentration enhances a graduate’s ability to work with athletes in various venues from gyms to the athletic field and improve collaboration with multiple medical disciplines. This concentration prepares physical therapy students to sit for the sports and conditioning certification.

The PB-DPT curriculum begins during the summer semester of each academic year.

Application Due Date

The application deadline was October 1, 2020 for individuals seeking admission to the next PB-DPT class who will begin their studies in June 2021. Our application will reopen in July 2021. Please watch this site for any change to the application process or deadline date.

Contact Info
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Diane Fitzpatrick,PT, DPT, MS
Director of Graduate Affairs
Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
301 Robinson Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.7889
PB_DPT_Inquiries@northeastern.edu

Amendments to the 2020/2021 DPT Application Cycle due to COVID-19

In consideration of the challenges prospective student applicants are facing during these unprecedented times, which may have impacted academic preparation and adherence to the typically expected admissions criteria, the following modifications to our admissions process have been made.

  1. GREs: These scores are not required for this cycle. However, if available and you would like to submit, please feel free to do so.
  2. Grades: Applicants’ grades will be considered on a broader scale, therefore pass/fail grades of prerequisite courses will be considered and accepted for any classes taken during 2020.
  3. Observation Hours: Recommended not required
  4. Reference Requirements: 2-3 letters recommended
  5. Curriculum Vitae (CV) : Please include a comprehensive CV ( instead of a brief resume) which includes the following:
    1. Summary of responsibilities and experiences in all settings (employed, unpaid, volunteer)
    2. Leadership
    3. Research
    4. Service
    5. Clinical
    6. Certifications
    7. Honors/awards
    8. Any other relevant experience

Hello Northeastern Students!!

ANNOUNCING: A Priority Application process for current Northeastern University students who are interested in pursuing a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Students who meet the required criteria apply directly to the Physical Therapy Department instead of the Physical Therapy Common Application System (PTCAS). Deadline for 2020 has passed, we will be reviewing priority status applications in 2021.

Graduate DPT Priority Application

If you wish to apply, or have any additional questions, please contact:
Matthew Messier
Academic Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences
Northeastern University
301S Robinson Hall
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-373-3748
m.messier@northeastern.edu

Diane Fitzpatrick, PT, DPT, MS
Associate Director of Graduate DPT Affairs
Clinical Professor
Board Certified in Geriatric Physical Therapy ( GCS)
Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA)
Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
Northeastern University
301L Robinson Hall
Boston, MA 02115-5000
617-373-7889
d.fitzpatrick@northeastern.edu

Prerequisites

All science prerequisites with the exception of Exercise Physiology MUST be taken with a co-requisite lab. Online equivalents will not be accepted for Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, or Physics.  

 

Satisfactory completion – within 7 years of all science courses is required:

  • Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Physics with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Exercise Physiology (1 semester)

Satisfactory completion within 10 years of the following prerequisites:

  • General Psychology (1 semester)
  • Developmental Psychology (1 semester)
  • Statistics (1 semester)

A minimum of forty [40] observation/volunteer hours in a Physical Therapy facility is required. Documentation of required observation/volunteer hours are to be included within the body of the resume component of the application. The application deadline is October 1st, 2020. ALL components of the application to the PB-DPT program MUST be received by the noted deadline in order for prospective students to be considered for acceptance into the program.

 

ATTENTION:
If you are a physical therapist with a bachelors or masters degree interested in pursuing a terminal clinical doctoral degree in physical therapy (t-DPT) click here for more information.

Sample Post Baccalaureate DPT Curriculum

  • Summer 2 Semester

    • PT 6330 Functional Anatomy I (2 CREDITS)
    • PT 6331 Lab for PT 6330 (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 5101 Foundations of PT (3 CREDITS)
    • PT 5102 Foundations of PT Lab (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 5160 Psychosocial Aspect of Healthcare (3 CREDITS)

    10 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • PT 6340 Functional Anatomy II (UE/LE) (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 6341 Lab for PT 6340(1 CREDIT)
    • PT 6350 Foundations II (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 6351 Lab for PT 6350 (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 6510 Evidence Based Practice and Research Design (3 CREDITS)
    • PT 5111 Professional Development for Bouve Graduate Cooperative Education (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 5515 Integumentary Systems (2 CREDITS)
    • PT 5516 Integumentary Systems Lab (1 CREDIT)

    17 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PT 6511 Research Methods and Statistics in PT (2 CREDITS)
    • PT 6245 Health Promotion & Wellness Seminar (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 5140 Pathology (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 5500 Pharmacology for PTs (2 CREDITS)
    • PT 5503 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Management (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 5504 Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Management lab (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 6243 Health Education, Promotion and Wellness (3 CREDITS)
    • PT 6420 PT Administration and Management (4 CREDITS)

    21 Credits

  • Summer 1 Semester

    • PT 5138 Neuroscience (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 5139 Neuroscience Lab (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 5150 Motor Control/Development and Learning (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 5151 Motor Control (1 CREDIT)

    10 Credits

  • Summer 2 Semester

  • PT 6964 Cooperative Education Work Experience Cont. (11wks)

  • Fall Semester

    • PT 6964 1 Cooperative Education Work Experience (15wks)
  • Spring Semester

    • PT 6512 DPT Capstone I (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 5209 Neurological Rehabilitation I (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 5210 Neurological Rehabilitation 1 Lab (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 6305 Musculoskeletal Mgmt (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 6306 Musculoskeletal Mgmt Lab (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 5540 Clinical Integration 1 (2 CREDITS)
    • PT 6520 Prosthetic Management (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 6521 Lab for PT 6520 (1 CREDIT)

    15 Credits

  • Summer 1 Semester

    • PT 6550 Pediatric Aspects of Lifespan Management (3 CREDITS)
    • PT 6405 Musculoskeletal Management II (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 6406 Musculoskeletal Management II Lab (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 6555 Geriatic Aspects of Lifespan Management (2 CREDITS)
    • PT 5226 PT Professional Seminar II (2 CREDITS)

    12 Credits

  • Fall Semester

    • PT 6221 Neurological Rehabilitation II (4 CREDITS)
    • PT 6222 Neurological Rehabilitation II Lab (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 6505 Musculoskeletal III (3 CREDITS)
    • PT 6506 Musculoskeletal III Lab (1 CREDIT)
    • PT 6600 Special Topics (2 CREDITS)
    • PT 6513 DPT Capstone II (2 CREDITS)
    • PT 6250 Clinical Integration 2 (2 CREDITS)
    • PT 6441 Clinical Education 1 (6 CREDITS)

    21 Credits

  • Spring Semester

    • PT 6442 Clinical Education II- 14 wks
  • PT 6251 Diagnostic Imaging: online

  • Spring/Summer Semester

    • PT 6450 Clinical Education III – 14 weeks

  • Summer B Semester

    • Graduation August

Curriculum subject to change

Admissions Process & Requirements

Prospective students of the Post Baccalaureate Doctor of Physical Therapy [PB-DPT] program must have or will have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to anticipated enrollment in the DPT program. The Admissions Committee welcomes applications from scholars of diverse educational backgrounds. Decisions are based on the individual applicant’s academic qualifications and potential. Each component of the application is carefully reviewed, and specific attention is given to the:

  • Overall GPA
  • Prerequisite Science GPA
  • GRE Scores: code = 7427

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of recommendation

Although prerequisite requirements may be in progress at the time of application, all must be completed prior to matriculation. Only those applications that have been fully completed and submitted prior to the deadline will be considered. Letters indicating the outcome of the application review (accepted, provisionally accepted, conditionally accepted, waitlisted or denied) will be disseminated within three months of the application deadline. Prospective students are given two weeks to enroll in the PB-DPT program that will commence in the summer semester of the subsequent year. Applications of those placed on the “Wait List” are ranked and these applicants are offered a seat in the class to which they have applied pending any changes in the PB-DPT cohort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a part time DPT program available at Northeastern?
Is Northeastern's PB-DPT program accredited?

Yes, the Physical Therapy program has been fully accredited since 1930.

What are the core prerequisites for application into the PB-DPT program?

• Anatomy & Physiology with Lab (2 semesters) • General Psychology (1 semester) • Developmental Psychology (1 semester) • Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters) • Physics with Lab (2 semesters) • Statistics (1 semester) • Exercise Physiology (1 semester)

How long does the PB-DPT curriculum take to complete?

The program takes 3 years and 1 month to complete (Program begins in July, students will graduate in August of Professional Year 3). There are 6 semesters of didactic course work (5 full and 2 half summer sessions); 6 months of co-operative education and 3 clinical education experiences. 

Are there clinical experience locations in the Boston area?

Clinical education experiences are located throughout the greater Boston area and many states in the U.S.

Does this program accommodate full-time job holders?

The PB-DPT program at Northeastern is a full time day program; all classes are offered between 8:00 AM and typically not beyond 5:30 PM on Monday through Friday.

Are the GRE's required?

Yes, the GRE’s are required as part of the application process to the PB-DPT program. Minimum GRE score recommended:
Verbal reasoning scaled score: 50th Percentile and Above
Quantitative reasoning scaled score: 50th Percentile and Above
Analytical writing scaled score: 50th percentile and Above

Graduate Record Exam (GRE): #7427 Northeastern U PTCAS

Can PB- DPT Program Students do a concentration?

Yes, the options are: • The Sports Performance Concentration prepares students to work with athletes in various venues and be eligible to take and pass the sports and conditioning certification.

On average, how many students apply to this program compared with how many are accepted?

We receive approximately 800 applications for this very competitive program – (35-40 seats).

Is this a cohort program or can the students take classes as they fit into their schedule?

The PB-DPT program is “cohort program”. Students move forward in the curriculum as one graduating class.

If I have not taken Developmental Psychology but have other extensive course work in Psychology would this fulfill the prerequisite?

The developmental psychology requirement is intended to afford the student with an understanding of typical psychological development of individuals across the life span; therefore the only other option to meet this requirement would be individual courses in child, adolescent, and adult psychology through old age. Abnormal Psychology does not satisfy this requirement.

What are the requirements for Anatomy and Physiology?

Two semesters of course work with a co-requisite lab will fill this requirement. Some universities offer a semester of Human Anatomy, followed by a semester of Human Physiology (vs. Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2) and this is also acceptable. An on line course will not meet this prerequisite requirement.

Do you accept prerequisite courses to be taken online?

Yes, on-line courses are accepted provided they are taken through an accredited college or university.  If you have a specific request you should contact the PB-DPT director – Sonya Larrieux s.larrieux@neu.edu

Do required courses need to be completed by the time of application submission or by the time of admission?

Courses may be in progress at the time of application; however, all prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed in order to matriculate. Indicate your plan for completion on the prerequisite form included in the application. No more than two science prerequisites may be outstanding at time of application.   Should you be accepted to the program with outstanding prerequisites, your acceptance would be conditional upon satisfactory completion of any outstanding requirements. Prerequisite courses can be taken at any accredited college or university.

Is there a required minimum GPA to apply to the PB-DPT program?

Yes a minimal quantitative GPA of 3.0, minimal quantitative science GPA of 3.0 and core prerequisites completed with a “C” grade or higher is required.

At what intervals are students accepted to the program?

Our PB-DPT program begins in the Summer II semester of each academic year (which starts in late June/early July).

Do you have rolling applications?

Applications are accepted year round. However, the specific deadline is as noted on the website; as a general rule of thumb the date will be November 15th. All students are notified after the deadline date and through mid April. An “active wait list” is maintained once the class has been filled should a seat become available in the class to which you have applied.

Where do I find application materials for your program?

The application process is fully electronic through PT CAS. The “Apply” button at the bottom of this page will take you to the application.

Where can I learn more about the department faculty?
In filling out the application where do I enter my volunteer observation hours?

These experiences afford prospective students with valuable insight to the profession.  A good place to capture the required hours [minimum of 40] would be to incorporate them in your resume. Be sure to include the type of setting, number of observation hours and dates.  There is no separate verification form required. 

Do I need to attach a copy of my resume to the application?

Yes, your resume is required as part of the application process. 

Where can I find schedules for Open House programs?

Updated information for Open Houses and Information Sessions can be found at the Graduate School web page for the college.

Is there some way to submit specific question I may have or get updates related to your program?

The Graduate Office will allow you to get periodic information about admission deadlines, open houses etc. as well as request information.

To contact the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences directly, email PB_DPT_Inquiries@northeastern.edu.

Where do I send any necessary mail correspondences?

Applicants should send transcripts and other required paper documents directly to:
PTCAS
PO Box 9112
Watertown, MA 02471

What is the approximate cost per year for the program?

The tuition is decided each spring by the Board of Trustees.  There are no tuition fees when students are on co-op assignment.

What kind of financial assistance is available?

The Double Husky Scholarship is helping Husky alums finance their graduate education by providing a tuition discount of up to 25 percent on more than 100 eligible degree programs.

What resources are available for international students?

The university has a strong global emphasis that embraces diversity and offers a welcoming and encouraging environment for all of our international students. The International Student & Scholar Institute (ISSI)—part of a comprehensive University support network—offers cultural and educational programs and services designed to support your transition to life in the United States and to enrich your Northeastern experience.

Experiential Learning

Learning extends beyond the classroom at Northeastern. Providing students with opportunities for experiential education that links coursework with the real world is central to the mission both of the University and the Bouvé College of Health Sciences. Our broad mix of experience-based programs-includes; co-op, student research, clinical education, service learning, and global learning.

Essential Functions for Northeastern University Physical Therapy Students

Introduction

The Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy (DPT) at Northeastern University is a challenging and intense program, which places specific demands on a student enrolled in the program. The academic rigor of the program closely corresponds to intellectual and physical demands that a graduate will encounter as a practicing physical therapist.

Northeastern’s DPT program is designed to prepare students to enter the physical therapy profession as a generalist with the skills, knowledge, and ability to successfully perform all the required functions of an entry-level physical therapist.

Essential functions are the aptitudes and abilities required of physical therapist students to successfully complete the curriculum of the DPT program, and to perform the clinical skills of a physical therapist consistent with Patient/Client Management as detailed in the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice.

The purpose of this document is to delineate the essential functions that are fundamental to the DPT program. Upon admission, students must be able to perform each of the essential functions outlined below during classroom, laboratory, and experiential education learning activities [including but not limited to: participation in one-on-one interactions, small group discussion and presentation, large group lectures, service learning, and patient encounters] in both academic, community, and clinical settings.

Students are also required to demonstrate good judgment, responsibility, integrity, sensitivity, and compassion, while simultaneously being able to accurately synthesize and apply knowledge in a timely and safe manner.

 

Essential Functions

Students are required to perform the following essential functions of the DPT program:

 

Communication Functions

  1. Read, understand, and communicate information in written and spoken formats using the English language.
  2. Interpret and respond to the verbal, non-verbal, and written communications of others in an appropriate, professional manner.

 

Affective Functions

  1. Establish, value, and continue to develop professional, respectful, empathetic relationships with individuals from all lifestyles, cultures, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities.
  2. Develop, value, and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, students, professional colleagues, peers, patients/clients, families, and the general public.
  3. Meet externally imposed deadlines and time requirements.
  4. React effectively in challenging situations with use of appropriate resources.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to function effectively in complex, highly stimulating environments.
  6. Demonstrate responsibility for self-directed assessment, reflection, and professional growth.
  7. Demonstrate core values of honesty, integrity, and accountability for the consequences of one’s own actions.
  8. Demonstrate ethical behavior, proper judgement, and decision making skills.

 

Cognitive Functions

  1. Demonstrate self-management skills including planning, organizing, time management, and adhering to legal/regulatory requirements.
  2. Use a variety of sources, including reading material, lecture, discussion, observation, and physical examinations to:
    • Recall, interpret, extrapolate and apply information.
    • Measure, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information.
    • Gather and prioritize information needed to solve a problem.
  3. Respond appropriately to emerging problems and potentially hazardous situations by making timely judgments to react effectively and seek assistance when necessary.
  4. Accept and apply constructive feedback.

 

Psychomotor Functions

  1. Possess physical strength, stamina, balance, movement, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity required to perform patient care tasks in a manner that does not compromise the safety of self or others.
  2. Perform intermittent physical activity of the whole body throughout an eight to twelve-hour period.
  3. Engage in complex, coordinated movements needed during a variety of activities including skills lab practice; manual techniques, patient examination, intervention, and guarding.
  4. Utilize auditory, visual, and tactile senses to receive information from written, spoken, and non-verbal communication mechanisms; observation of human structures; postures and movements; and equipment and or technology.
  5. Quickly and appropriately react to sudden or unexpected events or movements of others.

 

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

The Bouvé College strives to meet the needs of diverse learners. Student who may need a reasonable accommodation for a disability should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) via the following contact information:

Location: 20 Dodge Hall.
Phone: (617) 373-2675
TTY: Contact DRC via Relay 711

Students must register with the DRC and meet with a specialist prior to matriculation. If a disability develops while a student is enrolled in the University, the student is expected to contact the DRC as soon as practical to address his/her situation. Accommodations cannot be made retroactively.

Reference: Ingram, D. (1997). Opinions of Physical Therapy Education Program Directors on Essential Functions, Physical Therapy, 77(1), 37-45.

Essential Functions for Northeastern University Physical Therapy Students

Physical therapy students must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, each of these essential functions in order to fully participate in our program and successfully complete the requirements for the DPT.

Communication Functions

  1. Read, understand, and communicate information in written and spoken formats using the English language. 
  2. Interpret and respond to the verbal, non-verbal, and written communications of others in an appropriate, professional manner. 

Affective Functions

  1. Establish, value, and continue to develop professional, respectful, empathetic relationships with individuals from all lifestyles, cultures, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities. 
  2. Develop, value, and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, students, professional colleagues, peers, patients/clients, families, and the general public. 
  3. Meet externally imposed deadlines and time requirements. 
  4. React effectively in challenging situations with use of appropriate resources. 
  5. Demonstrate an ability to function effectively in complex, highly stimulating environments. 
  6. Demonstrate responsibility for self-directed assessment, reflection, and professional growth.  
  7. Demonstrate core values of honesty, integrity, and accountability for the consequences of one’s own actions. 
  8. Demonstrate ethical behavior, proper judgement, and decision making skills. 

Cognitive Functions

  1. Demonstrate self-management skills including planning, organizing, time management, and adhering to legal/regulatory requirements. 
  2. Use a variety of sources, including reading material, lecture, discussion, observation, and physical examinations to: 
    • Recall, interpret, extrapolate and apply information.
    • Measure, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information.
    • Gather and prioritize information needed to solve a problem.
  3. Respond appropriately to emerging problems and potentially hazardous situations by making timely judgments to react effectively and seek assistance when necessary. 
  4. Accept and apply constructive feedback.  

Psychomotor Functions

  1. Possess physical strength, stamina, balance, movement, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity required to perform patient care tasks in a manner that does not compromise the safety of self or others. 
  2. Perform intermittent physical activity of the whole body throughout an eight to twelve-hour period. 
  3. Engage in complex, coordinated movements needed during a variety of activities including skills lab practice; manual techniques, patient examination, intervention, and guarding. 
  4. Utilize auditory, visual, and tactile senses to receive information from written, spoken, and non-verbal communication mechanisms; observation of human structures; postures and movements; and equipment and or technology. 
  5. Quickly and appropriately react to sudden or unexpected events or movements of others. 

Reference: Ingram, D. (1997). Opinions of Physical Therapy Education Program Directors on Essential Functions, Physical Therapy, 77(1), 37-45.

Polly Cerasoli Scholarship Fund

Thank you for your interest in the scholarship fund to honor Pauline (Polly) Cerasoli. Polly CerasoliPolly Cerasoli, clinician, teacher, mentor, scholar, leader, skier and friend, passed away on September 11, 2010 at the age of 71 while residing at the Rose Meadow Farm in New Boston, N.H. Polly’s career was cut short in 1996 when she sustained a traumatic brain injury from an unknown assailant while attending the APTA combined sections meeting in Atlanta. Life in Rural Vermont Polly grew up in Vermont where she accompanied her father, a country doctor, on his rounds to patient/client homes, braving the snow and ice of the Green Mountains to reach those in need in rural Vermont. Those special times with her dad fostered a love for medicine and a commitment to help others. When she learned about the profession of physical therapy, she knew it would become her life-long passion. Career Development Polly received her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut. She then moved to Boston where she worked as a clinician while attending Boston University to earn a Master’s in Education. She became a member of the PT faculty at Northeastern University in the early 1970s. As a teacher, she taught a variety of courses, but her specialty was therapeutic exercise. She also served as academic coordinator of clinical education and acting chairperson of the physical therapy department. Polly earned her Doctor of Education degree in Rehabilitation Administration from Northeastern. Her dissertation addressed the relationship between leadership style and job satisfaction among physical therapist clinicians. Polly loved teaching and was devoted to nurturing the best in those around her. She always had time to mentor and inspire students and colleagues. Polly served the profession in other ways through her activities with the American Physical Therapy Association. She was an active member of the House of Delegates and the Education and Legislation/Regulations Sections. She also served on evaluation teams for the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education as well as participating in various task forces. Polly left Northeastern to become Director of Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital and to teach at the MGH Institute. From there she moved to Denver, Colorado to live and ski in the Rocky Mountains. She became the Assistant Dean of Allied Health and Director of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado, where she continued working to advance the profession of physical therapy. In spite of her career moves, Polly always maintained her ties to Northeastern. Polly inspired students and colleagues to excel both personally and professionally. You can help cultivate Polly’s ideals and qualities in the next generation of physical therapist by contributing to the Polly Cerasoli Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from the fund will be used to award an annual scholarship to a physical therapy graduate student who exemplifies the characteristics that reflect those Polly displayed throughout her life and career. This scholarship is awarded to a DPT student upon graduation. Making a Contribution If you would like to make a contribution to the Polly Cerasoli Scholarship Fund, please contact Kathy Cotter at 617.373.2637 or you can send a check to 215 Behrakis Health Sciences Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

Double Husky Scholarship

Alumni with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from Northeastern are automatically considered for the scholarship when they are admitted into an eligible graduate degree or certificate program. Upon acceptance, applicants receive a letter indicating the tuition discount that applies to their program. Please refer to Student Financial Services regarding other options that may be available to accepted graduate students There is no application process for the Double Husky Scholarship.

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