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Admission Requirements - DPT

  1. Sumbit a Web Application: Apply online
  2. Pay the $60 (Domestic) or $60 (International) application fee as stated in the general instructions.
  3. Answer the supplemental information in the web application (for DPT students).
  4. Minimum Requirements to Apply:
    To be considered for acceptance into the physical therapy program, the applicant must submit evidence of:
    • Completion of the GRE General Test after January 1, 2003, and before the application deadline. The GRE reporting codes are: Institution code 1851 and Department code 619.
    • Bachelor's degree or reasonable plan for completion before entering the program.
    • Three physical therapy clinical experiences. These experiences must be complete and documented by the application deadline, for an application to be eligible.
    • Successful completion of course prerequisites as follows: a grade of C or better, at the time of application, or by the end of Fall 2008 semester, in a minimum of five of the science prerequisites, or four semester courses in science prerequisites and the calculus course.
    • A reasonable plan for completion of remaining course prerequisites. (All course prerequisites must be complete before entering the program.)
  5. Requirements and Additional Documentation:

    1. Course Outline: List prerequisite courses that you have already taken and your intent to take needed prerequisites.

      Course Outline form (pdf)

    2. Personal Statement and Resume: A one-page resume of your work experiences, volunteer and community activities, clinical experiences, and honors received is required. Referring to this resume, you are to describe in 350 words or less how you are prepared to enter a physical therapy education program and to become a physical therapist.

      Personal Statement and Resume form (pdf)

    3. Letters of Recommendation: Two Letters of Recommendation are required. (No more than two letters will be accepted.) Two Letter of Recommendation forms are included in this package. Letters of Recommendation from previous applications are not retained. New letters must be submitted with this application. Letters from friends or family members are not recommended.

      Print your name, address, and social security number, and sign your name (where indicated) on the Letter of Recommendation form. To assist the persons you ask to recommend you, we suggest you provide your recommender with an envelope labeled "Letter of Recommendation" that is stamped and addressed to you. Ask each recommender to enclose the recommendation letter, seal the envelope and place his or her signature across the sealed flap and mail or give the letter to you. Recommendations without signatures across the sealed flaps will not be accepted. Please make sure your recommender has signed across the sealed flap.

      Because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, students are required either to 1) waive their right of access to letters of recommendation or 2) retain their right of access to letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. You must make your choice known by checking the appropriate box on each of the recommendation forms you submit to recommenders. Under the provisions of the Act, ONLY registered students and alumni have access rights to their educational records. Letters of recommendation will be used solely for the purpose of assisting the committee on admissions in determining whether the applicant should be admitted to the program and will be removed from the file if the applicant matriculates at UIC.

      Recommendation Letter form (pdf)

    4. Clinical Experiences: Three required physical therapy experiences may be observation, volunteer, or work experiences. The experiences must be at least 15 hours each and be documented by different physical therapists licensed in the United States and practicing in differently owned facilities. A lengthy experience at one or two facilities does not waive the requirement for the other experience(s). Three Documentation of Clinical Experience forms are included in this application package.

      Documentations of Clinical Experience from previous applications are retained for one application cycle. Please check with DPT Admissions Coordinator Demetra John by e-mail at if you wish to re-use your documentations from a previous application. If the documentations are no longer available, your clinical experiences will need to be redocumented. If redocumentation cannot be obtained, the experience will have to be replaced with another.

      The therapist provides his or her license number, the name of the facility at which you observed, and signs the form. Directors of volunteer services, office managers, medical doctors, athletic trainers, occupational therapists or other non physical therapists are not acceptable as documenters of physical therapy experience.

      Print your name, address, and social security number, and sign your name (where indicated) on the Documentation of Clinical Experience form.

      Documentation of Clinical Experience form (pdf)

    5. GRE scores: The general Graduate Record Exam which includes Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing scores, must be taken before the application deadline. Direct the testing service to report official scores from the GRE directly to UIC. The reporting codes are: Institution code 1851 and Department code 619. Preferably, the tests will be taken in enough time to record scores in your application. Applications cannot be reviewed until the results (scores) of these tests are available. If the tests are taken too late to include scores with the application, please provide the date on which you took the tests, and forward us a copy of your scores as soon as you receive them. If you took the GRE before October 1, 2002 and did not also take the GRE-W test, you will need to retake the GRE. On October 1, 2002 ETS incorporated the GRE-W into the general GRE test and discontinued the GRE-W test on December 31, 2002.

    6. Transcripts: Please obtain an official set of transcripts (in their original sealed envelopes as received from your schools) with grades through Summer 2007 posted to include with your other program application documents in the physical therapy application packet. (Students enrolled in the University of Illinois system, see below.) If you are taking course prerequisites in the Fall 2007 term, we will need a set of transcripts with Fall 2007 grades posted. But, because our application deadline is November 15, you may not be able to obtain a transcript with Fall grades in time to meet this deadline. If this is the case, obtain transcripts with grades posted through Summer 2007 for inclusion with your application, and follow up with a transcript showing Fall grades by January 15, 2008.

      To obtain a set of transcripts for inclusion in the physical therapy program application packet, ask each college level school you have attended to send a transcript to you for inclusion in your physical therapy program application packet. Transcripts from each college or university you have attended must be submitted, even if only one course was taken, and even if the courses were transferred to another institution for which a transcript is being submitted.

      College level course work completed outside of the United States must be documented with a subject analysis evaluation from Educational Credentials Evaluators (ECE) or from World Education Services (WES). Obtain an official copy (in a sealed envelope) for inclusion in your physical therapy application packet. Translations or evaluations from other agencies are not acceptable. ECE application forms are available on their web site: WES applications are available on their web site: If admission is granted, authentic or certified copies of the original academic documents in the original and English translation languages must be submitted to the University's Office of Admissions.

      University of Illinois students: The Department of Physical Therapy does not have access to University of Illinois students' transcripts. UIC students must include a set of transcripts (including a UIC transcript) in the physical therapy application packet. A separate transcript for each college attended is required even if the course work has already been transferred to UIC. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and University of Illinois at Springfield students must also submit official transcripts to the physical therapy program.

  6. Additional Instructions for International, Immigrant, Non Citizen Applicants:

    Evidence of Immigration and Naturalization Service Documentation:
    Applicants granted immigrant, permanent resident, temporary resident, refugee, parolee or conditional entrant status must attach a clear photocopy (front and back) of their Alien Registration Card and/or other appropriate INS documentation with the Professional Application. Submission of these documents does not guarantee their acceptability. Additional documentation and/or review of original documents may be required.

    Evidence of English Competency: Students who have completed the majority of their education in a country where English is not the native language or the language of instruction must submit to the Office of Admissions and Records official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540 or the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB) offered by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Minimum scores: TOEFL 550 (paper based test) or 213 (computer based test), MELAB 84. TOEFL scores must be reported directly to UIC by ETS. Paper score reports will not be accepted as official scores unless they are sent to our office directly by ETS. Test scores may not be more than two years old. If a student has completed at least two years of full-time transferable study at the secondary or collegiate level in the Unites States, the Office of Admission may waive this requirement.

    Evidence of Financial Support: Students who require an F-1/J-1 visa must submit evidence with the Professional Application Leaflet of financial support through (a) a notarized Declaration and Certification of Finances form (pdf) (available from the Office of Admissions and Records); (b) Immigration and Naturalization Services Affidavit of Support Form (1-134) executed by the sponsor; or (c) a notarized affidavit of support executed by the sponsor. All forms must be notarized and accompanied by a copy of a bank statement showing proof of sufficient funds in US dollars (checking accounts are unacceptable).

Please send in all documentation by the application deadline to:

Department of Physical Therapy Admissions (M/C 516)
College of Applied Health Sciences
The University of Illinois at Chicago
1919 W. Taylor, Chicago, IL 60612

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