DPT: Professional Program, University of Illinois at Chicago

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.

We offer students

  • 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 Hospital, including opportunities for clinical internships
  • world-class faculty in all major physical therapy specialties, including researchers with labs on site
  • elective courses in pediatrics, women's health, and graduate-level neurology
  • a prime location in the heart of Chicago
  • a top-notch academic program that's highly ranked (6th for all public institutions and 16th of all institutions) by U.S. News & World Report


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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Physical therapist education at UIC has been continuously accredited by CAPTE since 1973. The DPT program is the only program accredited by CAPTE that is offered by the Department of Physical Therapy. CAPTE conducted a review of the program in April 2007, at which time the program received full (10 year) accreditation until 2017.

Program Outcomes

The success of our program graduates is demonstrated by excellent outcome measures. Our first-time test taker pass rates on the national PT licensure exam have been above the national averages every year since the start of the DPT program. Program outcomes for the past three years include the following:

Class of 2014

National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 98.0% (96.0% first attempt)
Employment at 6 months: 100% 
Graduation Rate: 98%

Class of 2015

National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100% (98.0% first attempt)
Employment at 6 months: 100%
Graduation Rate: 96%

Class of 2016

National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 97.9% (97.9% first attempt)
Graduation Rate: 94%

Learn More

Learn more about our curriculum, clinical education, research and philosophy with this slide show.