What to Expect
Fall and Spring classes follow UIC’s undergraduate academic calendar.
|PT 600||Introduction to Physical Therapy||4 hours|
|PT 603||Gross Anatomy for Physical Therapy||5 hours|
|PT 605||Systems Physiology and Plasticity||6 hours|
|15 total hours|
|PT 604||Anatomy of the Central Nervous System, Head and Neck for Physical Therapy||4 hours|
|PT 617||Applied Kinesiology||4 hours|
|PT 618||Motor Control||2 hours|
|PT 625||Professional Development I||2 hours|
|PT 629||Science and Practice Seminar I||3 hours|
|PT 635||Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction||4 hours|
|19 total hours|
Plan Ahead for Year 2:
While Fall and Spring classes follow UIC’s undergraduate academic calendar, Summer courses do NOT.
Summer Classes meet: 5/28 – 7/19/2019
Clinical Education Experience I: 7/22 – 8/2/2019
|PT 616||Biophysics||4 hours|
|PT 624||Therapeutic Applications||5 hours|
|PT 640||Clinical Internship I||2 hours|
|11 total hours|
|PT 626||Professional Development II||3 hours|
|PT 632||Musculoskeletal Dysfunction II||5 hours|
|PT 633||Neuromuscular Dysfunction I||5 hours|
|PT 636||Applied Pathophysiology||4 hours|
|PT 638||Integration and Assessment I||1 hour|
|18+ total hours|
|PT 620||Clinical Applications||1 hour|
|PT 622||Psychosocial Theory and Practice I||2 hours|
|PT 623||Psychosocial Theory and Practice II||3 hours|
|PT 631||Musculoskeletal Dysfunction I||5 hours|
|PT 634||Neuromuscular Dysfunction II||5 hours|
|PT 639||Integration and Assessment II||1 hour|
|17+ total hours|
Prepare for Clinical Education Experiences in Year 3
You’ve completed foundational courses in year one, and are integrating and applying your knowledge in year two.
Here are some tips to prepare you for the 36 weeks of full-time clinical education experiences ahead:
- Be flexible – While algorithms are used to optimize the match of student to site, be open to the possibility of a location or setting different than you hoped for. Every clinical site offers great learning opportunities.
- Be ready – You may need to foot the bill for travel, transportation, or living expenses. Your site may require extra immunizations or background checks. Research the diagnoses of the patient population of your site.
- Set your expectations and goals – You will discover the hectic pace of clinical PT practice. To get the most out of your experience, be clear about your current capabilities and areas you hope to grow.
- Stay on the same page – Communication is the key to success!
- Enjoy yourself!
White coat ceremony
Just before the 12-week long clinical education experiences begin, students mark their transition from the classroom to the clinic. Time to wear white coats!
Internships do NOT follow UIC’s undergraduate academic calendar.
“Capstone courses” (PT627, PT628, and PT630) begin in the Fall term and end in Spring following Clinical Education Experience IV.
Clinical Education Experience II: 5/21-8/10/2018; 5/20-8/9/2019
Clinical Education Experience III: 8/20-11/9/2018; 8/19-11/8/2019
Clinical Education Experience IV: 1/7-3/29/2019
|PT 641||Clinical Internship II||12 hours|
|12 total hours|
|PT 642||Clinical Internship III||12 hours|
|12 total hours|
|PT 627||Professional Development III||2 hours|
|PT 628||Case Management in Physical Therapy Practice||3 hours|
|PT 630||Science in Practice Seminar II||1 hour|
|PT 643||Clinical Internship IV||12 hours|
|18 total hours|