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Admission criteria

  • License to practice physical therapy in the State of Illinois. If you’re licensed in another state or country, you can apply but you may not begin the program until you receive your Illinois license.
  • One year of practice in the area of orthopedic physical therapy (at least 2000 hours).
  • Additional study in orthopedic physical therapy as evidenced by:
    • A post-professional degree in orthopedic physical therapy or a related area,
    • Certification as an Orthopedic Physical Therapist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties,
    • Completion of an orthopedic physical therapy residency program or related area, or
    • Other documented evidence of extensive continuing education or self-study in the area of orthopedic physical therapy.


Applications are due February 1.


  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae and cover letter
  • Letters of recommendation

Official application

Submit your application online via the UIC Website—just follow the instructions listed there. There is a non-refundable application fee of $70 for all applicants.

You don’t have to enter and submit all application information in one sitting. You can return to the system as many times as you need to. You can also return to the system checklist as often as you like to see what materials have been uploaded and verified as received.


Upload official transcripts from each university and college attended with the online application.

Include copies of your transcripts with all other materials sent to the PT department.

Curriculum vitae

Submit a current CV and cover letter. The cover letter should address how your past experience has prepared you for this type of educational program.

Letters of recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation from physical therapists with direct knowledge of your clinical knowledge and skills.

Where to send materials

Please send your transcripts, letters of recommendation, CV and cover letter to:

Dr. Carol Courtney
UIC Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago
1919 W. Taylor St., 4th Fl. (MC 898)
Chicago, IL 60612

After you apply

You’ve applied and submitted your application. Now what?

You can check your application status online at any time. This will show you a checklist of all your items and let you know if they’re correct and complete.

When you'll hear from us

You’ll receive a decision from us by mail by March 15.

If you've been admitted...

Congratulations! Access our Admitted Student page for your next steps.

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Do you have questions about the application process that we haven’t answered? We can help.

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