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The Department of Physical Therapy at UTC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22341; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: email@example.com; website: www.capteonline.org. We received our initial accreditation by CAPTE in 1992, and have been continuously accredited since that time. UTC has been awarding the DPT since 2003. The department also offers the Transition (post-professional) DPT in an online format; CAPTE does not accredit transition DPT programs.
- Graduation Rates: Our department has achieved an average graduation rate of 90.0% for the last three graduating classes (2010, 2011, 2012).
- Licensure examination pass rates: UTC DPT graduates achieved a 98.8% ultimate pass rate on the National Licensure Exam for 2012 and 100% for eight of the last nine years.
- Employment rate: 100% of graduates were employed as PTs within six months of passing the licensure exam.
Filing a complaint with CAPTE
If you have a question about the department's accreditation status or wish to express a concern about accreditation, you are encouraged to contact CAPTE.
Attention High School Students: UTC Undergraduate Admissions offers specialized tours for prospective undergraduate students interested the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. These departmental visits are included as part of the campus tour and are offered on Fridays throughout the school year. Please check the Undergraduate Admissions Special Events page for dates.
According U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists
is expected to grow 27 percent from 2006 to 2016, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Our DPT graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate
on the National Licensure Exam for eight of the last nine years!
From the Department Head
Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession that is highly rewarding to the practitioner and the client. Our graduates are well prepared to be competent physical therapists in a variety of practice settings. The physical therapy program at UTC is very fortunate to have an extremely well prepared faculty and staff who are committed to facilitating the success of our students. In addition, the physical therapy community is strongly supportive of our students as they complete the clinical education components of the curriculum. When these two strengths are grouped with the support of a great university and city, it becomes clear that The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an exciting place to study physical therapy.
As you consider your educational direction, I hope that you will actively consider our program and university. This web site has been designed to inform you about our physical therapy program at UTC. You will find helpful information about the DPT program prerequisites and the admission process. We have also included suggestions for how to schedule and prepare for an advisement session with one of the faculty members of the Physical Therapy Department. We trust the information on this web page will help answer many of your questions about our program. If you would like additional information, please feel free to directly contact the faculty and staff of the Physical Therapy Department. We welcome the opportunity to directly respond to your questions. Please call us at (423) 425-4747.
J. Randy Walker, P.T., Ph.D., D. P.T.
UC Foundation Professor and Department Head
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We are excited to offer the following continuing education and professional development opportunities:
- Transition Doctorate of Physical Therapy- a fully on-line non-traditional track for working professionals who are already licensed physical therapists. This serves as a bridge program to allow therapists prepared at the bachelor’s and master’s level to earn the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.