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Accreditation Status

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:; website: 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.




Student Outcomes

  • Graduation Rates:  Average graduation rate of 100.0% for the last three graduating classes (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Licensure examination pass rates:  100% first-time pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam for the class of 2014 and 100% pass rate for the last ten years. Click here for NPTE Pass Rates by State. (Scroll to the bottom.)
  • Employment rate: 100% of graduates employed within six months of passing the licensure exam


From the Department Head

Debbie IngramPhysical 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.

Debbie Ingram, PT, EdD, FAPTA
UC Foundation Professor and Interim Department Head




UTC PT Office Contact Information

Mailing address:
Department of Physical Therapy (#3253)
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598

Telephone: (423) 425-4747

Fax: (423) 425-2215


Physical location:
Room 302
Davenport Hall
529 Oak Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403