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Physical therapist education is available at a postprofessional doctoral  level with enhanced educational and research opportunities for physical therapists.

Physical Therapists can choose multiple venues for advancing knowledge past their entry level degree.  It is important that each therapist determine what type of degree and university best suits him/her needs and ongoing professional development needs.   Most post-professional degree areas require a course work and an original research component.  Post-professional degree areas include:

  • PhD – Doctor of Philosophy
  • EdD – Doctor of Education
  • DSc – Doctor of Science
  • DHS – Doctor of Health Science

For a full listing of available programs please visit

Available programs in Illinois

Northwestern University Integrated Neuroscience
David A. Brown, PT, PhD
Associate Chair for Postprofessional Education
Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences
645 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60611
Fax: 312/908-0741
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD with a specialization in Movement and Rehabilitation Science

University of Illinois at Chicago
Alex Aruin, PhD
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Physical Therapy (M/C 898)
College of Applied Health Sciences
1919 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60612-7251
312/355-0904 (Office)
Fax: 312/996-4583
Degree(s) Awarded: PhD in Disabilities Studies and Rehabilitation Sciences


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