What to Expect

Thinking of joining our program? Here's what you can expect at UIC

Our certificate program consists of 20 credit hours, and is usually completed in 12 months. It primarily entails a specialized learning experience in the classroom and applied research settings.

We’ve made sure to structure our program so that you’ll complete core coursework but still have flexibility to select courses that meet your individual educational goals.

Required courses

PT 505 or PT 506Advances in Rehabilitation Sciences I or II

PT 505 is offered in Fall of odd-numbered years; PT506 is offered in Fall of even-numbered years
3 hours
PT 595Seminar in Rehabilitation Sciences1 hour
PT 596Independent Study1-4 hours
PT 597Project in Rehabilitation Sciences9 hours

Research methods

You’ll also need to complete¬†a course in research methods. We recommend¬†either one of these two courses offered in Spring of even-numbered years:

PT 502Measuring Motor Development and Function3 hours
PT 563Measurement in Rehabilitation Sciences3 hours

You can also work with the program director (or director of graduate studies) to find another course that offers content in basic research design, and evaluation of tests and measures and their application to clinical practice. NURS 515 and AHS 510 are good examples.

Elective courses

Working with the program director (or DGS), you’ll choose elective courses that match up with your goals to reach a minimum of 20 credits.