Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Patient Care



The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences (PTHMS) provide patient care through the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) under a comprehensive Collaboration Agreement initiated in 2013.  Clinical services provided at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab encompass most areas of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation including neurologic, orthopaedic, pediatric, and women’s health physical therapy.

DPT Students

DPT students in our 3-year Doctor of Physical Therapy program receive clinical training and provide care under the direction of physical therapists at close to 500 other hospitals and clinics in Illinois, across the US, and globally.

Our primary clinical partners involved in the clinical education of our DPT students include the 7 hospitals and many clinics that comprise the Northwestern Medicine system, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab hospitals and clinics, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Physical Therapy Residents

Our department trains neurologic and orthopaedic physical therapists in specialized practice at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab via our orthopaedic and neurologic physical therapy residencies accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE).

Researchers and PhD students

Physical therapist PhD students and researchers are encouraged to take advantage of part time clinical opportunities available through Northwestern Medicine, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and Lurie Children’s Hospital.  Interested individuals should inquire with their mentors or supervisors.