University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Physical Therapy
930 Madison Avenue Memphis TN 38103 United States
Phone+1 901.448.5888
Fax+1 901.448.1411
CAPTE Accredited
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Program Description

Established in 1911 and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) is the flagship statewide academic health system. More than 2800 students are currently enrolled in programs at the UTHSC. 

The aim of the UT Health Science Center is to improve human health through education, research, clinical care and public service. The UTHSC campuses include colleges of Health Professions, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Patient care, professional education and research are carried out at hospitals and other clinical sites across Tennessee. Endowed professorships, Research Centers of Excellence, and continuing relationships with research and health care facilities across Tennessee ensure that both basic science and applied research stay focused on contemporary health topics. UT Health Science Center faculty and staff have received more than $100 million in research funding, including support from National Institutes of Health grants and private foundations. The Department of Physical Therapy was established in 1965 and has a long history of graduating excellent practitioners. The objective of the Department is to provide a quality education to enrolled students that requires accumulation of scientific knowledge, acquisition of essential physical therapy skills and the development of professional attitudes and behaviors. 

Consistent with the educational missions of UT Health Science Center, the overall mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to serve the public with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region by preparing qualified practitioners and engaging in clinical care, service and research. 

Graduates who are empathetic, skilled, and safe general practitioners of physical therapy and who exhibit an intrinsic motivation for continued learning exemplify the fulfillment of that mission. 

There are eight full time core faculty members in the department plus adjunct faculty members. Of the core faculty, seven hold terminal doctoral degrees; three hold the DPT degree, four are certified as clinical specialists, and 100% are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 4.1 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 22:1.

Federal regulations require UTHSC to notify potential students regarding whether the completion of the program is sufficient to meet educational requirements for licensure in States.  For complete information please see the Student Right to Know page on the UTHSC website (, under "Educational Requirements for Licensure or Certification by Program by State".  You are also encouraged to consult your state licensing agency directly as requirements may change.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
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

Interviews will be conducted via Zoom at this time. Anticipated interview dates will be 9/18 or 9/25 for Soft Decision and Firm Decision will be 12/10/2021 and 12/11/2021.

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
If accepted into the program applicant pays a $75.00 (non-refundable) application processing fee. There is a $500.00 (non-refundable) guaranteed enrollment deposit that is applied to tuition and fees when applicant matriculates.
Deposit Refundable?
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Incoming Class Profile
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Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No