Classroom and clinic-based instruction provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to practice competently in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. By integrating current theory and research into all foundational science and applied clinical science courses, the DPT program of study prepares students to develop and implement evidence-based intervention plans leading to outcomes that enhance the movement competencies of clients with disorders of the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and integumentary systems.
The program’s 3 + 3 structure requires three years of prerequisite course work followed by three years of full time enrollment in the professional program. Students who are accepted into the professional program must be enrolled on a full-time basis for each of the eight semesters of the physical therapy curriculum. The curriculum combines classroom and laboratory training with independent study and clinical experiences in multiple healthcare settings. A variety of instructional methods are employed to enable students to develop the essential manual and clinical skills. The course work is arranged according to a prescribed sequence and schedule that all students must follow.
The DPT program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
Assistant Professor Valerie L. Radu, Head
The social work program prepares professional social workers for beginning practice as social work generalists capable both of functioning in a variety of agency and community settings and of practicing with diverse populations. The curriculum provides knowledge and skill for working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
The Social Work program is approved by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for candidacy accreditation status.
Students must meet the same admission requirements as all other applicants to the University. Academic advising for students declaring pre-social work as a major may be done by a member of the social work faculty. Admission to the University does not ensure acceptance into the social work major.
Admission to the Social Work Major
Pre-social work majors seeking admission to the Social Work program just complete the following admission process by October 15th of the sophomore year:
- Complete the Application to the UTC Social Work Program available on the program website: www.utc.edu/SocialWork
- Have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale.
- Have a social work major Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on a 4.0 point scale in all pre-Social Work courses Social Work 110 and 207).
- Earn a grade of C or better in the following pre-social work courses: Social Work 110 and Social Work 207.
- Complete the following cognate courses with a passing grade: Biology 121, Political Science 101, Psychology 101, Sociology 151. Note: Biology 121 is a pre- or corequisite for Social Work 306, 308, 312 and 333.
- Complete a criminal background check process.
- Discuss the above application materials in a scheduled interview with the Social Work Program faculty.
After the interview, students are notified in writing of their acceptance status in the Social Work program. There are two levels of acceptance:
a. Full Acceptance: student has met the above requirements and is accepted into the Social Work program in good standing.
b. Conditional Acceptance: student has not met at least one of the admission requirements stated above and is accepted into the program on conditional status. The student and faculty then develop a plan of correction addressing the unmet areas and the student has the semester immediately following the admission interview to address the unmet admission requirement(s). If, at the end of the semester, the admission requirements are not satisfied, the student must completely reapply to the Social Work program.
Admission to Field Education
Students wishing to enter field eduation must meet the following requirements:
- Complete all prerequisites for Field Education I (Social Work 412) as listed in the university catalog.
- Achieve a 2.00 overall grade point average.
- Satisfactorily complete all incomplete grades.
- Submit a completed Field Education Application to the field education coordinator which includes a recent transcript, current resumé, and peer evaluation form.
- Participate in the annual Field Fair.
Expenses and Transportation
In addition to regular education costs, social work students must meet the following expenses: liability and insurance for field education, and others as required. Since field experiences in social work are obtained in a variety of health care and social service settings in local and remote areas, students are individually responsible for transportation to these sites.
The nature of the social work profession requires the following program continuation standards:
- To progress in the social work program,students are required to:
a. Achieve grade of C or higher in all Social Work courses;
b. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00;
c. Maintain a Social Work major grade point average of 2.500 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all Social Work courses.
- To enroll in 300-level and 400-level Social Work courses, a student must be a Social Work major formally accepted into the program and in good standing.