College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies
The Graduate Athletic Training Program at the University of Tennessee is accredited (UTC-GATP) by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). CAATE is sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc. (NATA). After the last comprehensive review for continued program accreditation, the UTC-GATP was granted the maximum 10-year accreditation. The next comprehensive review is scheduled for 2019.
Health and Human Performances’ (HHP) concentration in Physical Activity and Health focus is on active living and healthy eating, with a mission to prepare students for professional careers, conduct applied research, and engage communities to enhance health related quality of life.
The Occupational Therapy Department will be recognized as a premiere department that attracts and grows leaders of occupational therapy in the state, nation and world through exemplary integrated programs of education, research, and community outreach and service that meet real world occupational needs.
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.
The DNP Program features online learning with both synchronous and asynchronous experiences. Each student is assigned an individual faculty advisor/mentor throughout the program as well as faculty, staff and program support to help navigate the program. In addition, orientation is on campus to allow for initial face-to-face meetings with faculty, staff and other students. The translational project is another feature of the program that allows the student a unique learning opportunity.
The curriculum is comprised of core courses that cover research and theoretical considerations of advanced nursing practice, and professional and economic issues associated with today's healthcare environment. The specialty specific courses address the basic and advanced principles and practices of family practice with an emphasis on the Three P's: pathophysiology, physical assessment and pharmacology.
A 27 month program of rigorous coursework with bountiful clinical experiences prepares our students for the national certification exam offered by the NBCRNA Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Once certified, students who earn their MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from UTC may begin work immediately as a CRNA, without the need for additional on-the-job training or work-related orientation.
Our college offers masters degrees in Counseling, Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Special Education. We also offer Ed. S. degrees in educational Technology and School Psychology. There are a few certificate program areas and multiple concentrations to choose from under specific masters level program areas.
The School of Education of the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies at UTC offers five unique School Leadership programs. There are three concentrations in the M.Ed. in School Leadership: the Principal Licensure concentration, the Teacher Leadership concentration and the Reading Specialist concentration. The department also offers a Certificate in School Leadership and an Ed.S. in Principal Licensure for individuals who already hold the master’s degree in a related field and wish to pursue a TN endorsement as a principal/supervisor.
The multidisciplinary Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program (Ed.D.) equips participants with an understanding of the relationship that learning plays in the leadership process. The program philosophy supports the development of reflective practitioners in a variety of organizations and focuses on the interwoven nature of learning and leadership. The curriculum emphasizes the proficiency that individuals will need as they pursue the challenges of organizational change. Major themes include, "How do we measure performance?", "How do people adapt to change?", and "What role does learning play in organizational improvement?"
The School of Education of the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies offers an Ed.S. in School Leadership that leads to licensure as a principal in Tennessee. Coursework and field experiences are aligned with Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards and synthesized in the final practicum and capstone courses. Although the field experience requirement is extensive, it is expected that students will complete the program and the 450 hour field experience requirement while employed as a teacher. The program is in compliance with the 2009 “Tennessee Learning Centered Leadership Policy” and the successful program finisher will meet all requirements for a principal/supervisor endorsement in the state of Tennessee. Approval in Georgia is pending.