The University of Illinois at Chicago

Information about Physical Therapist program at The University of Illinois at Chicago



The University of Illinois at Chicago (D6, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 01/10/2005
Address:   Physical Therapy Education Program
College of Applied Health Sciences
The University of Illinois at Chicago
1919 West Taylor, M/C 898
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone:   (312)996-7764
Fax:   (312)996-3807
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (312)996-1505
Financial Aid Phone:   (312)996-3126
Web Address:
Suzann K Campbell, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Physical Therapy Program Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Research Universities (very high research activity)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, September 1973 (no longer offered) DPT degree, November 2000
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2007
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of part-time general practices and a full year of general and specialty practices in hospital settings and private practice. Both local facilities and out-of-town clinical experiences are available. Graduates of the program are prepared for physical therapy licensure and for evidence-based practice.
There are ten full-time and four part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty, 70% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are board-certified as clinical specialists, and five are engaged in regular clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged two publications per year in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:7.
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has a total enrollment of 25,228students (44.4% male, 55.6% female). UIC has a diverse cultural and ethnic student body, including 8.6% African American, 20.8% Asian, and 12.7% Hispanic students. The Department of Physical Therapy, located on the UIC West Campus, admits 36 students. Applicants to the Class of 2007 numbered 152. UIC is a public state university and gives preference to in-state residents. 40% of qualified applicants were admitted to the class of 2007.
The application for admission can be found at for Fall 2005 entry. Applications to the program are accepted between Labor Day and December 1 for admission in the incoming class for fall semester of the following year. The mean grade point average (GPA) of the class admitted in 2004 was 3.4. Students must have earned a baccalaureate degree to be admitted into the program and must satisfy prerequisites including 2 semesters in each: chemistry (w/lab components), physics (w/lab components), one semester of general biology; 1 course in human anatomy (with lab component0, 1 course in human physiology (with lab component) and 1 course in each: general psychology, developmental or abnormal psychology, applied statistics, and calculus. Two courses in human anatomy/physiology combined (with lab components) will satisfy the anatomy and physiology requirement. The GRE is required. At the time of application, the following prerequisites must be completed: at least 4 of the 6 semesters of science prerequisites and calculus, or 5 of the 6 semesters of science prerequisites; an overall GPA of 2.5 which includes a minimum 2.5 GPA in science; documented clinical experiences (by three different licensed physical therapists) of at least 15 hours in each of three physical therapy facilities; two letters of recommendation; and one written essay on a topic specified in the application. (If offered admission, successful completion with a grade of C or better on all remaining prerequisites is required before matriculation to the program.) Additionally, at the time of application students must describe how they will be able to complete a bachelor’s degree and any remaining prerequisites before entry into the program if accepted. Applications can be obtained by mail or can be printed from the website. For mailed applications, write UIC PT Department (M/C 898), 1919 W Taylor, Chicago, IL 60607, or phone 312/996-1505. For information and application visit and choose Admissions.
The first DPT class graduated in May, 2004. 88% of admitted students graduated. 80.95% passed the licensure examination on the first attempt. The overall pass rate is 100% (as of January 1, 2005)
In-state tuition for the DPT program for the first and second years of the program is about $15,000 including fees; and for the third year of the program, about $12,500 including fees. Non-residents of Illinois pay about $26,000 for each of the first two years and about $22,000 for the third year. (These figures can be expected to rise about 3% per year.) Contact UIC Office of Student Financial Aid, M/C 334, 1200 W Harrison, Chicago, IL, 60607-7163; 312/996-3126
The university operates two traditional dormitories and one apartment-style dormitory on the West Campus, and two large dormitory complexes on the East Campus. Assignment to space in the dorms is based on date of application. There is abundant private housing within walking distance of campus. Campus cultural and recreational opportunities as well as proximity to Chicago's cultural, recreational, and entertainment facilities make UIC particularly attractive.