2019-20 Applicants

University of Illinois at Chicago


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Contact Information more...

Mollie Rose
Program Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy
The University of Illinois at Chicago, DPT Program
1919 W. Taylor St, MC 898
Chicago IL, 60612
(312) 996-2411
mhrose@uic.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/24/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
After graduating, DPT's can apply for UIC's Residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, as a step to completing their PhD. UIC DPT students also have an option to stack certificates alongside their degree. Three certificates are available: Healthy Living Practitioner(TM), Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitation and Technology Research, and Technology-Based Health Communication and Promotion.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
60
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
72%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
28%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
0%

Sex

% Male
35%
% Female
65%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
15%
% Asian
30%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
53%
% Declining to State
2%

Program Description more...

The DPT is the entry-level degree for people who want to become physical therapists. At the University of Illinois at Chicago, students complete eight terms (33 months) of didactic and clinical education that includes lecture courses, laboratory courses, seminars, and clinical education experiences.

UIC DPT graduates are ahead of the curve: First-time licensure pass rate averages over 98%, and our overall licensure pass rate is 100%.

The job market is strong. All graduates responding to a survey one year after graduation report they are working as physical therapists.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org;
website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Physical therapist education at UIC has been continuously accredited by CAPTE since 1973. The DPT program is the only program accredited by CAPTE that is offered by the Department of Physical Therapy. CAPTE conducted a review of the program in April 2017, after which time the program received full (10 year) accreditation until 2027.


We offer students:

* unique opportunities to work with different patient populations in diverse clinical settings

* a diverse student body representing a myriad of cultures and economic backgrounds

* access to the University of Illinois Medical Center, including opportunities for clinical education experiences

* world-class faculty in all major physical therapy specialties, including researchers with labs on site

* an ever-increasing selection of elective courses in pediatrics, gender health, and sports physical therapy

* a prime location in the heart of Chicago's medical district

* a top-notch academic program that's highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

The application must be e-submitted by the application deadline of October 1, and must then be at "Verified" status in PTCAS by November 12,  in order to be eligible for consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to insure completion according to PTCAS instructions.

The UIC Supplemental application must be completed on-line by an October 1 deadline. Applicants not meeting these deadlines will not be considered.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/19/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
2.50
3.76
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.50
3.64
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The program averages scores of repeated courses in its calculations.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7784
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
10/01/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/01/2014
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
154
Verbal reasoning % score
 
61%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
155
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
59%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
69%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Be certain to select code 7784 -- as there are several UIC GRE codes to choose from on ETS.

Observation Hours

 
We require at least 40 hours of clinical experience with a licensed physical therapist. We recommend, but do not require, that you obtain exposure to varied settings and patient populations (i.e. inpatient and outpatient). We do not require a signed form but will rely on PTCAS to verify reported hours with the licensed PT(s) noted on the application.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100+
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$70.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
At least one letter from a physical therapist is recommended. Persons who write letters of recommendation should know you well and be able to attest to your strengths from an academic, employment, or volunteer setting. Two (2) references are required, but we will accept up to four (4).

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
College level course work completed outside of the United States must be documented with all of the following:

• a subject analysis evaluation from World Education Services (WES) for advising and application evaluation purposes. The evaluation should be submitted to PTCAS.

• an original transcript in the native language AND a translated copy in English. A verbatim, literal translation, NOT an evaluation of equivalencies, is required. These official documents should be sent to:

DPT Admissions
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago
1919 W Taylor St (MC 898)
Chicago, Illinois 60612

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Human anatomy and physiology is required. We accept a two course sequence of combined anatomy and physiology - or a course in anatomy and a course in physiology. We do not accept less than two courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Anatomy & Physiology II
Human anatomy and physiology is required. We accept a two course sequence of combined anatomy and physiology - or a course in anatomy and a course in physiology. We do not accept less than two courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
One course required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Science major chemistry only. Survey courses not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Science major chemistry only. Survey courses not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Math
Calculus is required. Science and/or math calculus is preferred. Business or social science calculus is accepted. Calculus and analytic geometry accepted. Pre-calculus and Finite Math are not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Calculus
Physics I
Science major physics required, though it does not have to be calculus based. Survey courses not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Introductory or general psychology is required. Then, the applicant may take either child/developmental psychology or abnormal psychology as a second course. 1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required. Introductory or general psychology is required first, and then the applicant may take either child/developmental psychology or abnormal psychology as a second course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
A basic statistics course is required. This may be taken from a variety of disciplines as long as all basic statistical tests are covered.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics