uled throughout the academic year require students to provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. Full-time clinical experiences are scheduled during the summer semesters of both the first and second years. Students must be financially prepared for travel to and living expenses in other cities throughout the United States during clinical education courses.
Continuation and Graduation Standards
Standards of the physical therapy profession require that graduates be prepared to practice safely and competently with the physical therapy scope of practice. To ensure safe and competent performance by students enrolled in the program, the following continuation standards must be met for students to remain enrolled in the program:
- To progress in physical therapy, students are required to:
a) maintain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the undergraduate level; students must maintain a 3.0 for all courses taken at the graduate level.
b) maintain an active liability insurance policy for clinical courses;
c) maintain current CPR certification.
- If in the judgment of the faculty there is reason to question the emotional or physical condition of a student or the safety or quality of physical therapy care provided, the faculty has the right and obligation to exclude the student from the clinical area.
- Students who fail courses may be denied progression in the program. Students may repeat failed courses only at the discretion of the Retention and Progression Committee or the Physical Therapy Department.
- Statement of Ethical and Professional Standards. In certain programs such as physical therapy, professional success depends upon factors other than those measured by normal evaluations in course work. The faculty has the right to separate a student from the program who is not likely to succeed professionally, despite earning acceptable grades. Failure to maintain the high ethical and professional standards of the physical therapy profession may subject a student to suspension, dismissal or other appropriate remedial action by the physical therapy faculty.
2530 - Rehabilitation Science: Physical Therapy (B.S.)
- General Education
- Rhetoric and Composition: Two approved courses in rhetoric and composition (6 hours)
- Mathematics: Mathematics 131 or higher level approved Mathematics course* (3 hours)
- Statistics: One approved statistics course (3 hours)
- Natural Sciences: Biology 121* and Chemistry 121/123* (8 hours)
- Humanities and Fine Arts: Two approved humanities and fine arts courses, one from fine arts and one from either (6 hours)
- Cultures and Civilizations: Option A: Western Humanities I and II and one approved Non-Western cultures and civilizations course OR Option B: World Civilization I, II, III (9 hours total)
- Behavioral and Social Sciences: Psychology 101* and one additional approved course (PSY 241 or HHP 407 recommended) (6 hours)
Major and Related Courses
- Biology 121#, 191, 208
- Chemistry 121/123# and 122/124 or one biochemistry course
- One scientific or medical terminology course (Classics 300 or Physical Therapy 302 recommended)
- One 300- or 400-level exercise physiology course (HHP 317 recommended)
- Mathematics 131 or a higher level approved Mathematics course
- One biomedical or professional ethics course (Philosophy 325# or 425# recommended)
- Physics 103/183 and 104/184
- Psychology 101# and one additional approved course (PSY 241 or HHP 407 recommended)
- One 200-level or higher course emphasizing scientific or professional writing
- Completion of course work required in the first year of the professional school (please refer to The Graduate Catalog)
- Students pursuing only the B.S. degree in Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy must meet the minimum standards of a cumulative 2.0 GPA overall and a 2.0 GPA in the major to be eligible for the undergraduate degree.
- Minimum of 39 hours in 300, 400, and professional level courses.
- Electives to complete 120 hours
- All general education requirement for the B.S. degree at UTC Must be met.
- Additional requirements
*Also satisfies requirement in the major.
#Also satisfies general education requirement.
UNDERGRADUATE PHYSICAL THERAPY COURSES (PHYT)
Please refer to the UTC Graduate Catalog for a listing of the professional level courses offed in Physical Therapy curriculum.
302 Medical Technology for Health Professionals (2)
This course is designed for students interested in the medical and paramedical fields. Utilizing web-assisted instruction, students will study medical terminology related to the major body systems. Emphasis will include the use of medical word parts, pronunciation, spelling and the definitions of key pathology, diagnostic and treatment procedures terms.
305 Ethics for Health Care Professionals (3)
Designed to introduce pre-health professional students to ethical theories and concepts, assist in identifying potential ethical dilemmas, and provide a system for ethical analysis. Current issues in health care ethics will be discussed throughout the course. Web-assisted technology will be utilized to accomplish the course objectives.
410 Human Gross Anatomy (6)
This course is a combined lecture-laboratory program designed to present to the student an understanding of basic and clinical, human gross anatomy. Normal diagnostic imaging techniques will be introduced. Detailed regional analysis of the buttock, lower extremity, and upper extremity will be performed. Structure and function of the head, neck, and trunk regions will be studied. Major joints will be discussed. Anatomy of the thoracic and abdominal cavities will be introduced. Fall semester, year 1. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours.
495r Departmental Honors (1-3 hours per term, 4 hours for the two terms)
On demand. See Departmental Honors. Prerequisite:: approval of Department Head. Student must submit an Individual Studies/Research Contract to the Records Office at the time of registration.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UTC is designed to prepare graduates to meet entry-level practice expectations of the physical therapy profession. The curriculum addresses current approaches to the evaluation and management of movement system disorders while simultaneously preparing the graduate to assume a role in prevention, wellness, and health promotion.