2019-20 Applicants

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Rebecca Littleton
Program Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Dept Mail Code 3253
Chattanooga TN, 37403
(423) 425-1786
(423) 425-4747
Rebecca-Littleton@utc.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/17/2020
Additional information about the class profile
The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s strategic plan goal to embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to excellence and societal change. Therefore, the program welcomes and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds including those who identify as underrepresented minorities.

The program does not give preference to in-state students or UTC graduates. Information on tuition and residency rules may be found at these links:
https://www.utc.edu/physical-therapy/current-students/programcost.php
http://www.utc.edu/bursar/fee-schedule.php#GRADUATE
http://www.utc.edu/admissions/pdfs/residencyrules.pdf
http://www.utc.edu/graduate-school/pdfs/residencyappealform-2012bothoffices10-12-12.pdf
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for PT Program
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
78%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
22%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
94%

Sex

% Male
32%
% Female
68%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
3%
% Asian
3%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
94%

Program Description more...

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga DPT Program:

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 a rewarding place to study physical therapy.

As you plan for your education, I hope that you will actively consider our program and university. Our web site has been designed to provide you with helpful information about the DPT program prerequisites and the admission process. The information on these web pages will answer many of your questions about our program. If you need additional information, 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.

Sincerely,
Debbie Ingram, PT, EdD, FAPTA
Department Head
UC Foundation Professor

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

We do not interview. While we do not participate in a rollling admissions process, we encourage applicants to apply early.  This gives the program time to contact the applicant if an application is determined to be incomplete (missing a reference, missing verification of hours, missing official GRE scores, etc.).  Typically, offers for regular-decision applicants are extended in early December if positions remain after the early decision process. Applicants are encouraged to apply early decision.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
The UTC DPT program offers an early decision option for each admission cycle. Our program often accepts a large percentage of its class early decision. For the 2017-2018 cycle, the full class of 36 students was accepted via early decision. Therefore, applicants who have selected UTC DPT as their top choice are strongly encouraged to apply early decision.

To be eligible for early decision, applicants must have the following:

* Minimum 3.4 cumulative undergraduate GPA

* Minimum 3.4 GPA for the nine science prerequisites (listed under "Course Prerequisites")

* Minimum 3.5 GRE analytical writing score

There is no minimum verbal/quantitative GRE score for early decision. However, both the AW section and the verbal/quantitative sections of the GRE will be considered in the admissions decision. The average verbal/quantitative score for applicants accepted early decision is a 307.

To be considered as an Early Decision candidate, all application materials (including all transcripts) must be received by PTCAS by the early decision deadline. Due to transcript deadlines, Early Decision candidates are not encouraged to include coursework for the current summer semester. Early Decision applicants are advised to take the GRE and arrange for official scores to be sent to PTCAS - code 0464- no later than July 31. Applications without an official reported GRE score are considered incomplete and will not be processed.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
$500.00 non-refundable deposit is required for accepted applicants. For students who enroll in the program, this $500.00 will be applied to the first semester's tuition.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
Footer label here
Footer Text here Footer Text here Footer Text here Footer Text here Footer Text here Footer Text here

GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.20
3.88
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.20
3.83
Early Decision Overall Cumulative GPA
3.40
3.88
Early Decision Science Prerequisite GPA
3.40
3.84
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
All prerequisite courses must receive a grade of "C" or higher. "C-" is not acceptable.

The program specific GPA consists of the nine science prerequisites. Six of the nine must be completed- with grades reported to and verified in PTCAS- at the time of application. The lab component, if taken separately, must also be graded and completed in order for the course to count as one of the six completed prerequisites. These nine courses are:

* Biology I & II (or a second, higher-level biology course- 8 semester hours with lab)

* Chemistry I & II (8 semester hours with lab)

* Physics I & II (8 semester hours with lab)

* Human Anatomy, Human Physiology (8 semester hours with lab)

* Exercise Physiology (3 semester hours)

These courses should be appropriate for majors in that discipline and must include a lab component.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0464
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Analytical writing scaled score
3.0
4.0
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
A minimum analytical writing score of 3.0 is required. Early decision applicants must have a 3.5 analytical writing score. There is no minimum verbal/quantitative score required, but the combined average score for the classes of 2019-2021 was 306. There are no exceptions to the AW requirements.

There is NO minimum verbal/quantitative GRE score for early decision applicants. In addition to the verbal/quantitative score, the AW score will also be factored into the admissions formula for both early and regular decision applicants.

The GRE is a significant part of the admission decision. Applicants may take the GRE multiple times, but applications are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until a GRE score is reported through the program's PTCAS GRE code- 0464- DO NOT use the University's GRE code. Applicants may update official GRE scores after the application is submitted in PTCAS.

Please see the program's website for average GPAs and GREs over the last three years. http://www.utc.edu/physical-therapy/admissions/how-to-apply.php#Applicant_Data

Observation Hours

 
Applicants must have verified observation hours to be considered. A minimum number of hours are not recommended or required. However, we highly suggest that multiple volunteer/observation opportunities (i.e. pediatrics, outpatient, inpatient, etc.) should be explored to confirm your interest in physical therapy as a career. One reference from a licensed physical therapist will be required. Hours must be completed and verified electronically in PTCAS in order for the application to be processed.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount
$35.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirements
PLEASE DO *NOT* SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS INCLUDING TRANSCRIPTS, PROOF OF CERTIFICATIONS, OR THE GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION TO THE UNIVERSITY UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED.

**Applicants will be contacted by the program via e-mail if this information is required**
Description of Supplemental and Document Upload Requirements
Applicants may upload first aid and CPR certifications, but it is not required.
Supplemental Requirements
Entering students must show proof of having completed a First Aid course (transcript is acceptable).
TRANSCRIPTS: One official transcript showing degree conferral and transcripts for any outstanding prerequisites (except UTC) must be sent to the UTC Graduate School upon request.
Passing a background check is required for admitted students prior to matriculation.
Prior certification in CPR is strongly recommended.
Legend
Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
One of the references must be submitted by a licensed physical therapist (not a PTA). References must be submitted to PTCAS. Letters sent directly to the program are not accepted.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Non US transcripts must be submitted directly to the International Student Services Office of UTC.
http://www.utc.edu/international-students/index.php

A WES or similar evaluation is required. International applicants should contact the department directly via e-mail early in the application process to determine what additional steps may be required.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
* All prerequisite courses must receive a grade of "C" or higher. "C-" is not acceptable.

*The program specific GPA consists of the nine science prerequisites. Six of the nine must be completed- with grades verified in PTCAS- at the time of application. The lab component, if taken separately, must also be graded and verified in order for the course to count as one of the six completed prerequisites. These nine courses are:

* Biology I & II (or a second, higher-level biology course- 8 semester hours with lab)
* Chemistry I & II (8 semester hours with lab)
* Physics I & II (8 semester hours with lab)
* Human Anatomy (A&P I), Human Physiology (A&P II) (8 semester hours with lab
* Exercise Physiology (3 semester hours)

*These courses should be appropriate for majors in that discipline.

Anatomy & Physiology coursework outside biology, anatomy, neuroscience or integrated physiology departments may require a petition to the faculty to be considered. Please contact Rebecca Littleton.

Anatomy & Physiology coursework outside biology, anatomy, neuroscience or integrated physiology departments may require a petition to the faculty to be considered. Please contact Rebecca Littleton for more information.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Varies
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Anatomy & Physiology coursework outside biology, anatomy, neuroscience or integrated physiology departments require a petition to the faculty to be considered.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Anatomy & Physiology coursework outside biology, anatomy, neuroscience or integrated physiology departments require a petition to the faculty to be considered.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General I
Biology II
Applicant can substitute an upper level biology course. If an applicant takes the Biology I and Biology II sequence, those are the courses that will be calculated in the science prerequisite GPA.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
Psychology
Course level of 200 or above with a psychology prefix is acceptable. Courses outside the psychology prefix may be acceptable with a petition if psychology is included in the title.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Any statistics course
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics