The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Information about Physical Therapist program at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center




The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/29/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
The University of Tennessee, Health Science Center
930 Madison Ave
Suite 643
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone:   (901)448-5888
Fax:   (901)448-1411
Financial Aid Phone:   (901)448-5568
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Barbara H Connolly, PT, EdD, FAPTA
Professor and Chairman
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Master's degree, May 1998 (no longer offered) Doctoral degree, May 2003
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program begins in September and comprises nine semesters of work. Degrees are conferred in May. The program admits only doctor of physical therapy degree students. A transitional doctoral degree program was started in July 2004. A post-professional master’s program was implemented in September 1993 and a ScD program in June 2003.
First-year students have a 5-week clinical experience that occurs between the summer and fall semesters. These clinical experiences primarily are within the State of Tennessee. Second-year students have a 5-week rotation during the spring semester. Third-year students complete 24 weeks of clinical experience between September and June. The clinical experience sites for these long-term rotations are primarily located in the south and southeast.
There are ten full-time and two part-time faculty members. Of the full-time faculty 60% hold post-professional doctoral degrees; 33.4% are certified as clinical specialists, and 90% 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 1:11.
Total enrollment at the University is 2,300 students. The program in physical therapy accepts up to 60 students per class.
Students are accepted after completing a baccalaureate degree and certain prerequisite courses. The mean grade point average for accepted students is approximately 3.5. Prerequisites include 9 semester hours of social sciences; 6 semester hours of psychology; 6 semester hours of English; 4 semester hours of humanities; 3 semester hours of computer science and statistics each; and 8 semester hours in each: general biology, general chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology. Application deadline is January 15 for admission the following September. Interviews are conducted in beginning in February with notification of acceptance within 1-2 weeks after interview.
97.5% of admitted students graduate from the program (3-year average). 95%of the graduates passed the licensure exam (3-year average) with 86% on the first attempt; 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 $25,000 per year. Approximately 70% of the students in the program receive financial aid. 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, saunas, whirlpool, 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.