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Physical Therapy in Illinois

PT Practice in Illinois

Physical therapists and assistants who choose to practice in Illinois have a wide variety of practice settings and specialty areas to choose from. These options include inpatient and outpatient hospitals, with over 300 hospitals statewide, specialty rehabilitation hospitals, freestanding outpatient facilities, private practice, home health, nursing facilities, school systems and academic settings.

Illinois is home to seven physical therapy schools and twelve physical therapist assistant schools.

From the Windy City to the gently rolling hills of the south, Illinois has a diverse landscape, with something for everyone. Making Illinois your choice for practice is a smart decision.

Employment Outlook in Illinois

Physical Therapists

According to A Guide to Health Careers in Illinois, published by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Physical therapist is one of the top 50 fastest growing occupations in the state. Employment is also expected to grow faster than average nationally through 2010.

The Guide states that, "Many factors will affect this growth. First, an aging population will increase the number of people with conditions that require therapy. Second, medical advances will make it possible to save the lives of babies with birth defects. Other medical advances will save the lives of trauma victims. Both the children and the trauma victims will need therapy. Third, people are becoming more interested in promoting health. As a result, employers often use physical therapists to evaluate work sites and plan exercise programs. These services can save them money by preventing illness and injuries.”

Physical Therapist Assistants

According to A Guide to Health Careers in Illinois, published by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, physical therapist assistant is one of the top 50 fastest growing occupations in the state. Employment is also expected to increase much faster than average nationally through 2010.

The Guide states that, "Growth may be slower in the short run due to changes in federal laws. New laws now limit insurance payments for physical therapy services. Over the long run, demand will continue to rise with the increase in the elderly population. This population is vulnerable to chronic conditions that require therapy. These patients often need extra assistance in their treatment, making the role of assistants and aides very important. In addition, licensed physical therapist assistants can reduce the cost of services. This is because they can provide many aspects of the treatment prescribed by the physical therapist”

Based on information obtained from the Illinois Division of Financial and Professional Regulation, in June of 2014, the number of licensed PTs (not necessarily practicing or residing in Illinois) was 11,683.

In March of 2011, the number of licensed PTAs (not necessarily practicing or residing in Illinois) was 4,643.


updated: 06.12.14


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