South College – Knoxville Doctor of Physical Therapy
400 Goodys Lane ATTN: DPT Admissions 400 Goody's Lane, Suite 101 Knoxville TN 37922 United States
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Program Description

The mission of the South College Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to provide an innovative, career-focused education that develops Doctors of Physical Therapy who are highly skilled, mindful, and empathetic care providers.

They should also be passionate lifelong learners, servant leaders in their local community, and are highly engaged in their professional and broader health care communities. Graduates will be equipped to deliver exemplary care in a multidisciplinary, team-oriented, and value-based healthcare environment.

The School of Physical Therapy is committed to the development of future Doctors of Physical Therapy, ready to meet the demands of clinical practice in the 21st century with exemplary entry-level skills, marked professionalism, and compassion.

The DPT program is designed for the delivery of a contemporary and evidence-based curriculum using faculty and contributors that are dedicated educators, clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the physical therapy profession. Faculty and contributors facilitate student learning and professional growth with student-centered active learning experiences, modeled clinical and scholarly excellence and steadfast professionalism. Using a blended learning model, our curriculum combines the best aspects of online learning activities and interactions, hands-on laboratory intensive sessions, and collaborative clinical education experiences into an innovative and dynamic learning experience. In so doing, we will transform physical therapy education, improve scalability and access to DPT education, increase flexibility for traditional and nontraditional learners, increase the level of active learning in courses, and seek to achieve quality student experiences and outcomes. Our graduates will be prepared for skillful, mindful and compassionate clinical practice, lifelong learning and professional development, and selfless service to their community and profession.

Program Goals

  • Goal 1: Demonstrate a commitment to service and leadership in the institution, the community, and the profession.
  • Goal 2: Enroll diverse students who are representative of local, regional, and U.S. population demographics.
  • Goal 3: Efficiently develop competent career-focused physical therapists through engaging and effective academic and clinical learning experiences.

Faculty Goals

  • Goal 4: Role model servant leadership and professional responsibility to the institution, the community, and professional organizations.
  • Goal 5: Integrate engaging and effective teaching strategies and technologies that support the program???s mission, enhance student learning, and optimize outcomes.
  • Goal 6: The collective faculty demonstrate commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and clinical practice.

Student/Graduate Goals

  • Goal 7: Demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice and professional growth through lifelong learning, critical inquiry, and mindful practice.
  • Goal 8: Function in a professional, caring, ethical, and culturally competent manner, with a demonstrated advocacy towards the patient, community, and profession.

    South College seeks to make available all online programs/courses to residents of Tennessee and other states, and to allow completion of required clinical or practical experiences in those states. We work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process and with states directly to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, required approvals are secured. Tennessee is a member of SARA and South College is an approved SARA institution. As such, we adhere to a set of national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. SARA also covers all interstate placements in clinical or practical situations among SARA member states, no matter the nature of the main program. However, not all states are SARA members. While we do monitor the laws in each state, authorization of distance education is a dynamic environment and prospective students should check this site often for updates. It is the student's responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements in their state of residence. Please click the following link for current information on authorization information for all states:
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
DPT/MBA for those eligible. Must meet all minimum requirements and be approved by DPT Faculty Coach and Program Director.
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Additional information about interviews
The Admissions Committee will select and invite the most qualified applicants for an interview. Web-based interviews will be conducted so travel to campus is not required. Applicants must have access to a computer with internet, webcam, and microphone capabilities for the interview process.
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit due within 10 days of offer.  This non-refundable deposit will be applied directly toward your tuition and fees when matriculating into the program.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Additional information about rolling deposits
In accordance with ACAPT Traffic Rules, if you receive an offer of admission for June start prior to January 5th, your seat deposit is not required before January 15 but not later than January 15. If you receive an offer of admission for January start prior to July 5th, your seat deposit is not required before July 15 but not later than July 15.  However, you may voluntarily respond and submit the seat deposit at any time once you have definitively made your decision to accept this offer.
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Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No