Professional Program—Physical Therapy

Mailing Address:
College of Applied Health Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy (MC 898)
1919 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612-7251

Campus Location: Room 455, Applied Health Sciences Building
Telephone: (312) 996-1505
Web Site:
Director of DPT Admissions: Demetra John PT, PhD

The College of Applied Health Sciences offers the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. 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 overall licensure exam pass rates have been 100% for the last two years. The job market is strong. All graduates responding to a survey one year after graduation report they are working as physical therapists in diverse clinical settings.

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:; website: The program was first accredited in 1973. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program was most recently accredited for 10 years, in November 2007. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program offer students the following:

  • unique opportunities to work with different patient populations such as pediatrics and geriatrics
  • 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 is highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report

The Doctor of Physical Therapy at UIC is considered a professional clinical doctorate degree program, not a graduate program. Applications for this program are processed through the Department of Physical Therapy. For more information on the DPT program, admission requirements, and the application process, please consult the following Web sites: