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  • General Program Description

    The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago admitted its first class in 1971. U.S. News & World Report ranks the department among the top 20 graduate physical therapy programs in the country. Internationally respected faculty specialize in diverse areas, including pediatrics, geriatrics, biomechanics, neurological therapy, cardiopulmonary and orthopedics. We are also committed to providing service to our neighbors in the Chicago area. The department provides therapists to work with traditionally underserved populations in the urban community, including children with developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, and orthopedic conditions.

    Clinical Experiences
    The University of Illinois at Chicago campus is strategically located in the heart of the Illinois Medical District and offers state of the art clinical teaching experiences at 4 Medical Centers located within walking distance of our classrooms. Clinical experiences are offered in a wide variety of settings and reflect current practice opportunities in the profession. At present we have clinical internship contracts with more than 230 facilities across the United States. There are also opportunities for an international clinical education exchange with Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Our Director and Assistant Director of Clinical Education continually explore new high-quality opportunities for our students. The internships are clustered at the end of the didactic coursework and provide a total of 38 weeks of full-time clinical education experience.

    The UIC Department of Physical Therapy faculty offer a well-structured curriculum and a wealth of scholarly and clinical expertise to our students. Our faculty, both past and present, are a primary reason why UIC is ranked 16th among all DPT programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The Department currently has fifteen full-time (core faculty), two emeriti, and numerous part-time and affiliate faculty members. We also have a number of guest lecturers contributing to the program in their unique area of expertise. Of the full-time faculty, 9 currently hold and 2 others are actively pursuing post-professional doctoral degrees. All of our faculty are seasoned educators and 7 are APTA board-certified specialists (2 pediatric, 3 orthopedic, 1 neurology and 1 geriatric). We currently have core faculty who are fellows in diverse organizations including the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Over the past 5 years, core faculty have collectively published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. The current active extramural funding portfolio within the UIC Department of Physical Therapy is $20,154,213.

    The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public state university and has a total enrollment of 27,589 students (46% male, 54% female). UIC has a diverse cultural and ethnic student body, including 8% African American, 19% Asian, and 19% Hispanic students. In 2013, UIC was ranked 19 in the Times Higher Education “100 Under 50”, a ranking of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old. The Department of Physical Therapy is located on the UIC West Campus in the heart of the UIC Medical District. We are one of the a few DPT programs in the country that is part of a Medical Center that also has programs in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Applied Health. The UIC Department of Physical Therapy is housed within the College of Applied Health Sciences. The College is comprised of five vibrant Departments: 1) Physical Therapy, 2) Occupational Therapy, 3) Disability and Human Development, 4) Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, and 5) Kinesiology and Nutrition. More than 700 students are currently enrolled within the College of Applied Health Sciences. The UIC Department of Physical Therapy currently admits 54 students per year. In 2013, applicants to the UIC DPT program numbered over 1100.

    The specific course and other requirements for application for admission can be found at Applications to the program are accepted in the fall for admission in the incoming class for fall semester of the following year. The mean cumulative grade point average (GPA) of the class admitted in 2013 was 3.82. There are two parts to the Fall 2014 application: the online PTCAS application and an online UIC application. The deadline for submission of both applications is October 1, 2013. Both applications will be available in July 2013.

    The success of our program is demonstrated by our excellent outcome statistics. First-time test taker pass rates on the national PT licensure exam are consistently above the national averages. Recent DPT program outcomes for the past three years include the following: 1) CLASS OF 2011: National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100% (100% first attempt); Employment at 6 months: 100%; Graduation Rate: 94%; 2) CLASS OF 2012: National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100% (96.3% first attempt); Employment at 6 months: 100%; Graduation Rate: 94%; 3) CLASS OF 2013: National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100% (95.8% first attempt); Employment at 6 months: 100%; Graduation Rate: 96%.

    Tuition, fees and financial aid
    In 2013, in-state tuition for the DPT program was approximately $20,505 including fees. Non-residents of Illinois pay approximately $25,000. Contact information for financial aid is: UIC Office of Student Financial Aid, MC 334, 1800 Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60607, Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Phone: (312) 996-3126, Fax: (312) 996-3385, Email: [email protected],

    Student life
    The UIC Campus has a wide array of cultural and recreational opportunities. Specific information about UIC student life can be found at: Moreover, Chicago is renowned as one of the top cities in the world. The UIC Campus is minutes from downtown Chicago and a lakefront trimmed with parks and beaches. The city’s expansive offerings in world-class entertainment, dining, culture, recreation, professional sports and more is a unique quality of UIC student life.

  • School Name: The University of Illinois at Chicago
    Contact Name: Ross Arena, PT, PhD, FAHA
    School Specialties: Physiotherapy/Doctor of Physical Therapy/Medical/3 Year PT Program/Rehab Sciences/DPT Programs/Physical Therapy Education/Physical Therapy Assistant Program/Health Care Pathway Programs/General Ortho
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