The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Information about Physical Therapist program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga




The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 05/24/2006
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone:   (423)425-4747
Fax:   (423)425-2215
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (423)425-4747
Financial Aid Phone:   (423)425-4677
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
David Levine, PT, PhD, OCS
Professor and Acting Department Head
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor’s degree, April 1992 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, May 1998 (no longer offered) DPT, June 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program begins in August and comprises eight semesters of work. Degrees are conferred in May. The program admits only doctor of physical therapy degree students. A transitional doctoral degree program will begin in 2006.
First-year students have a 7-week clinical experience that occurs between the summer and fall semesters. This clinical experience is primarily within the State of Tennessee. Second-year students have a 7-week and an 8-week clinical experience during the summer. Third-year students complete 15 weeks of clinical experience between January and May. The clinical experience sites for these long-term rotations are primarily located in the south and southeast.
There are eight full-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 100% hold post-professional doctoral degrees; 3 faculty members are certified as clinical specialists, and 60% are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 3.7 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:9.6.
Total enrollment at the University is 9,500 students. The program in physical therapy accepts up to 30 students per class.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are accepted after completing appropriate prerequisite courses. The mean grade point average for accepted students is approximately 3.75. Major-related prerequisites include 6 semester hours of psychology; 3 semester hours of statistics and 3 semester hours of college algebra; 3 semester hours of medical ethics; two semester hours of medical terminology; 4 semester hours of general biology; 3 semester hours of exercise physiology; 8 semester hours in general chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology. The application deadline is January 15 for admission the following August. Interviews are conducted in beginning in February with notification of acceptance within 3 weeks of interviews.
94%of the graduates passed the licensure exam (3-year average) with 80% on the first try; 98% of those program graduates responding to surveys are employed (3-year average).
The average cost for tuition, fees, supplies, books, and room and board for resident students is approximately $15,000 per year. For specific information, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Dormitories are available on campus for students at a reasonable price. Additionally, there are ample off-campus apartments available within a 5-mile radius of the campus. The Fitness Center is located on campus and houses an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, racquetball courts, aerobic exercise area, and weight-training facilities. On the south side of the campus, there is an outdoor recreational area that consists of softball, football and soccer fields, lighted tennis courts, and a jogging track. Intramural, recreational, and fitness-oriented activities are schedules throughout the year.