Physical Therapy (Professional Program: DPT)

Admission Requirements

  • Prior Degree Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • Prerequisite Courses Required. Applicants are most competitive when they have completed at least seven of the science and math prerequisite courses (with a grade of C or better) by the end of the summer semester before the fall application deadline. Three outstanding prerequisites are allowed at the time of application. Ideally, required science and math courses should be taken within five years of application. Courses taken before that time will be considered as meeting requirements for prerequisites but may weaken potential for admission.
    • Science prerequisites These courses must have a lab component, carry at least four semester hours including lab, and qualify for a major in the sciences. In-person labs, especially for Anatomy and Physiology, are preferred, but online labs are accepted.
      • General Biology – one semester
      • Human Anatomy and Human Physiology (or a year of human anatomy/physiology combined)
      • Chemistry – two-semester sequence
      • General Physics – two-semester sequence
    • Other prerequisites These courses must carry at least three semester hours.
      • Applied Statistics
      • Introductory Psychology
      • Developmental or Abnormal Psychology – NOTE: The course title for Abnormal Psychology has changed to “Introduction to Psychological and Behavioral Disorders” at UIC
  • Test Required Graduate Record Examination required. Scores should be sent directly from Education Testing Service to Code 7784.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score (for international applicants)
    • TOEFL iBT 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21, OR,
    • IELTS Academic 6.5, with 6.0 in each of the four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Two letters are required; no more than five accepted through PTCAS.
  • Clinical Experiences Required. By the application deadline, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of physical therapy experiences: observing, volunteering, or working.
  • Transfer Policy The UIC DPT program does not accept transfer students from other physical therapy programs or other health profession programs. All applicants must apply through the regular DPT admissions process.
  • Other Requirements for International Applicants Please consult the International Requirements page for a list of credentials and requirements, including the following items.

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 122 from the baccalaureate.
  • Coursework
Course Sequence
Year 1 - Fall (15 Hours)
Introduction to Physical Therapy
Human Gross Anatomy for Physical Therapy
Systems Physiology and Plasticity
Year 1 - Spring (19 Hours)
Anatomy of the Central Nervous System, Head and Neck for Physical Therapy
Applied Kinesiology
Motor Control
Professional Development I
Science in Practice Seminar I
Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction
Year 1 - Summer (11 Hours)
Therapeutic Applications
Clinical Internship I
Year 2 - Fall (18+ Hours)
Professional Development II
Musculoskeletal Dysfunction I
Neuromuscular Dysfunction I
Applied Pathophysiology
Integration and Assessment I
Year 2 - Spring (17+ Hours)
Clinical Applications
Psychosocial Theory and Practice I
Psychosocial Theory and Practice II
Musculoskeletal Dysfunction II
Neuromuscular Dysfunction II
Integration and Assessment II
Year 2 - Summer (12 Hours)
Clinical Internship II
Year 3 - Fall (12 Hours)
Clinical Internship III
Year 3 - Spring (18 Hours)
Professional Development III
Case Management in Physical Therapy Practice
Science in Practice Seminar II
Clinical Internship IV