North Central College
30 North Brainard Street Naperville IL 60540 United States
Phone+1 630.637.5555
CAPTE Developing

Per CAPTE: "This program has begun the process toward accreditation by submitting an Application for Candidacy. A review of the Application for Candidacy is scheduled and a determination on candidacy is anticipated prior to their stated matriculation date. Submission of an Application for Candidacy 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."

Should the program not obtain Candidate for Accreditation status and not be eligible to admit students, applicants to the program will not be refunded the PTCAS application fee paid to apply to the program.

Program Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a face-to-face, innovative program that will educate future physical therapists to be prepared for the complex and ever-changing needs of health care. 

Why Choose North Central? 

  • January start, 28-month program: Use that Fall semester to finish courses, work, travel and still graduate in May!
  • Built on two strong educational foundations: Liberal Arts and Movement Science.
  • Semi-Self-Paced and Personalized Approach to Learning: We do not all learn the same or have the same goals so why not be flexible!
  • Competency-Based, Pass/No Pass: The focus is mastery of knowledge and skill acquisition to be an excellent clinician, educator, scholar, and leader, not grades!
  • Centered on Technology: Technology is an important part of healthcare practice; we embrace it!
  • Founded in 1861, North Central College is a nationally recognized institution of about 3000 students, located in Naperville, IL, a thriving suburb just west of Chicago. North Central College is within walking distance of the Naperville Metra station and is next to downtown Naperville.

Program Mission, Vision, Values, and Commitment

The North Central College DPT Program Mission, Vision, Values, and Commitment embody both North Central College and the profession of physical therapy. 

  • Mission: To support learners on their journey to becoming excellent clinicians, educators, scholars, and leaders dedicated to serving society as movement system experts.
  • Vision: To impact the lived experiences of others through movement.
  • Values: Integrity, Excellence, and Balance
  • Commitment: Success of Every Learner

Program Goals

Our program goals align with our Mission, Vision, Values, and Commitment, promoting excellence, service to society, the movement system, and the success of every learner.

  1. Provide students with a curriculum that embraces a liberal arts foundation, enhancing skills in critical thinking, civic engagement, self-reflection, and lifelong learning
  2. Construct a curriculum that develops movement system experts dedicated to serving society through movement
  3. Embrace a culture of excellence, in all aspects of teaching, scholarship, service, and engagement
  4. Be committed to the success of the learner in personal and professional development
  5. Model scholarly inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge through active scholarly work aligned with the Program vision, mission, values, and commitment, evidence-based educational instruction, and emphasis on evidence-based practice in the classroom


The highly integrated curriculum is built on two primary foundations ??? the liberal arts and movement science.  The liberal arts foundation informs who we are as people, providing us insight into self-reflection, critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and appreciation of the lived experiences of others.  The movement science foundation informs our understanding of PT practice, providing us with the necessary knowledge in anatomy, kinesiology, neuroscience, physiology, imaging, nutrition, and biomechanics to evaluate and treat our patients/clients.  Together the liberal arts and movement sciences provide the foundation needed to be excellent movement system experts prepared to serve society. 

36 weeks of full-time clinical education are broken into 4 experiences integrated throughout the 28 months of the program. 

The Student

The program seeks to enroll students who embody the mission, vision, values, and commitment of the Program. We believe these students are individuals who: 

  • Desire to serve society as an excellent physical therapist in the health care environment.
  • Embrace the idea of a liberal arts foundation as part of a DPT education to enhance their ability to serve society regardless of the physical therapy environment they plan to pursue employment in the future.
  • Welcome all types of diversity as an important aspect of becoming an excellent physical therapist.
  • Accept the value of technology as part of education and future health care practice.
  • Align with the mission of North Central College: We are a diverse community of learners dedicated to preparing students to be curious, engaged, ethical, and purposeful citizens and leaders in local, national and global contexts.
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Institution's Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit to be paid in two portions: $500 at the time of acceptance and $250 at a later date. Deposit is applied to tuition at the time of matriculation. 
Deposit Refundable?
Due Date of First Required Deposit
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No