PT School of the Week: Northeastern University


Congratulations to Northeastern University on being selected as the PT Pintcast School of the week. If you would like to nominate your program, fill out the form here.

Why is your program the best? Our program is located in the heart of Boston, a mecca of some of the best medical/rehabilitation institutes in the country. Being in this area attracts faculty at the top of their fields both clinically and through research. Boston being so densely populated by college students also cultivates an area of higher, creative thinking. However, I think what sets Northeastern apart is the co-op program.

What’s a strong point of your program? What’s something that makes it stand out from other programs? Co-op, which stands for cooperative education, acts somewhat like an internship program where we apply and interview for two, six month PT aide jobs throughout the Boston area, in other areas of the country, or even abroad. We get to work full time in an array of settings, including outpatient ortho, acute care, inpatient rehab, and more. My first co-op in acute care gave me real examples when going through foundation classes like pathology, psychosocial aspects of PT, neuro, and kineseiology. Making real world connections to what I was learning was invaluable. Our second co-op allow us to work in a different setting to become more well-rounded or refine our understanding of a certain setting of PT. Our clinical affiliations are all at the end of our program. At that point, we have had over a year of real-world experience which makes us very attractive to our clinical sites.

What’s cool about your program? We just celebrated our 100 year anniversary! Our programs were one of the first to train the reconstruction aides of the Great World Wars and polio epidemic.

What are the (approximate) stats, class sizes, # of faculty? 

Our class is about 100 students, both freshman-entry and baccalaureate students with 36 faculty and staff.

What’s the area around school like? Social scene? Recreation? Boston is a college student’s dream. 1/5 of the people you meet in Boston are students. From museums to restaurants to sports there’s no way you’re going to be bored. While Northeastern is right next to the Museum of Fine Arts, you’re more likely to see DPT students at Conor Larkins, the bar right on campus.

What’s the school’s mascot? King Husky

If you had a PT student who was on the fence about coming to your program, whats one thing you would point out to let them know why coming there would be a good choice? Co-op co-op co-op. Having more experience in your field is a no brainer and you’ll be able to explore different kinds of physical therapy. Students often surprise themselves by liking a setting they never saw themselves doing before. Also, working full time, getting paid, and not paying tuition for six months between classes isn’t bad either.

Best local beer: We have many breweries here…Sam Adams, Harpoon, etc, but I imagine the majority of people would say Sam Adams.

About the student who nominated Northeastern University:

Kayla Gomes

I’m from Upstate New York. I was deciding between Northeastern in Boston and another freshman-entry DPT program in Upstate that was a fifth of the size; so polar opposite schools. I am so glad of the decision I made. The experiences and opportunities that Northeastern have made available to me are beyond what I could have imagined. I worked at a level one care acute care center which really opened my eyes to what physical therapy can do. I also work as a PCA for an individual with an SCI. This year after my co-op was my first professional year of my program out of three (including clinical.) This fall I am off to an outpatient clinic to see the other side of physical therapy. In the future I imagine I’d like to work more on the inpatient side, but I am definitely open to whatever possibilities come my way.




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