2012-13 Applicants

University of Illinois at Chicago


Contact Information more...

Judy Davy
Program Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
The University of Illinois at Chicago, DPT Program
1919 W. Taylor Street, MC 898
Chicago IL, 60612
(312) 996-1501
jdavy@uic.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/26/2013
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/PhD
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
54
Anticipated size of next entering class
54
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
88%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
12%

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 internships.

UIC DPT graduates are ahead of the curve: The first time licensure pass rate averages over 96% and we have an overall licensure pass rate of 100%.

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

Physical therapist education at UIC has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) since 1973. Until 2001, the department offered a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program was mostly recently accredited for 10 years in 2007.

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 internships

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

* an ever-increasing selection of elective courses in pediatrics, women's health, and urban health

* a prime location in the heart of Chicago

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

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

The application must be e-submitted by the application deadline of October 15, and must then must be at "complete" status in PTCAS by November 15,  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 15 deadline. Applicants not meeting these deadlines will not be considered.

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

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
3.70
Program-specific Prerequisite
2.50
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
The program combines 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
10/15/2012
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
10/15/2007

Observation Hours

 
We require 40 hours of clinical experience with physical therapists licensed in the USA or Canada. We recommend but do not require that you obtain exposure to varied settings and patient populations.
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
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/15/2012
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$60.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Deadline for supplemental materials
2012-10-15
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
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. At least one letter from a physical therapist is recommended. 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 may be documented with a subject analysis evaluation from Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) for advising purposes. UIC does not use World Education Services (WES). However, we do not guarantee that the UIC Office of Admissions will accept the ECE as an acceptable equivalency. UIC will conduct its own evaluation. International applicants have to provide an original transcript in the native language AND a translated copy in English. They DO NOT have to provide an evaluation of the transcript. They can use a translation agency (such as ATA) for a referral to a certified translator if their institution doesn't provide an English translation, but UIC requires a verbatim, literal translation, NOT an evaluation of equivalencies, even if an ECE evaluation is included.

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
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Human anatomy and physiology is required. We accept a two course or 2 semester sequence of anatomy and physiology or a separate course in anatomy and a separate course in physiology. We will not accept less than 2 courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Human anatomy and physiology is required. We accept a two course or 2 semester sequence of anatomy and physiology or a separate course in anatomy and a separate course in physiology. We will not accept less than 2 courses.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
One course required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Science major chemistry only. Survey courses not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Science major chemistry only. Survey courses not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Math
Science and/or math calculus preferred. Business or social science calculus is accepted. Calculus and analytic geometry accepted. Pre-calculus is not accepted.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
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
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Introductory or general psychology is required and then the applicant may take either child/developmental psychology or abnormal psychology as a second course. 1 of 2 psychology courses required.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required. Introductory or general psychology is required and then the applicant may take either child/developmental psychology or abnormal psychology as a second course.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
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
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics