2019-20 Applicants

University of Tennessee Health Science Center


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...

Shannon Hughes, PT, EdD, DPT, OCS, MTC
Assistant Professor and Chairman of DPT Admissions Committee
Department of Physical Therapy
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
930 Madison Avenue
Suite 647
Memphis TN, 38163
(901) 448-5888
(901) 448-5350
ehughes9@uthsc.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/12/2020
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives preference to applicants who are in-state residents.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
65
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
90%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
10%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
6%

Program Description more...

Established in 1911 and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the UT Health Science Center (UTHSC) is the flagship statewide academic health system. More than 2800 students are currently enrolled in programs at the UTHSC.

The aim of the UT Health Science Center is to improve human health through education, research, clinical care and public service. The UTHSC campuses include colleges of Health Professions, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. Patient care, professional education and research are carried out at hospitals and other clinical sites across Tennessee. Endowed professorships, Research Centers of Excellence, and continuing relationships with research and health care facilities across Tennessee ensure that both basic science and applied research stay focused on contemporary health topics. UT Health Science Center faculty and staff have received more than $100 million in research funding, including support from National Institutes of Health grants and private foundations. The Department of Physical Therapy was established in 1965 and has a long history of graduating excellent practitioners. The objective of the Department is to provide a quality education to enrolled students that requires accumulation of scientific knowledge, acquisition of essential physical therapy skills and the development of professional attitudes and behaviors.

Consistent with the educational missions of UT Health Science Center, the overall mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to serve the public with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region by preparing qualified practitioners and engaging in clinical care, service and research.

Graduates who are empathetic, skilled, and safe general practitioners of physical therapy and who exhibit an intrinsic motivation for continued learning exemplify the fulfillment of that mission.

There are eleven full time faculty members in the department plus adjunct faculty members. Of the full-time faculty, five hold terminal doctoral degrees; six hold the DPT degree, five are certified as clinical specialists, and 100% are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged 4.1 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:11.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

The entering class will be filled by candidates who apply through Early Decision (August 12) and Final Admission (October 1) dates. Potential interview dates will be 11/22/19, 11/23/19, or 12/13/19, 12/14/19.

Candidates who are invited to interview but are not accepted may have their application be classified as alternate/waitlist or denied.



 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early Decision candidates must have a Science/Math GPA of 3.50 or higher, GRE score of 305 or higher, and completion of all observation hours and at least 75% of all required science courses including labs.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$575.00
Additional Information about Deposit
If accepted into the program applicant pays a $75.00 (non-refundable) application processing fee. There is a $500.00 guaranteed enrollment deposit that is applied to tuition and fees when applicant matriculates.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.30
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.40
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Experience has shown that generally a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 must be present for an applicant to be competitive. Program allows grade forgiveness, up to 16 hours.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7744
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/02/2019
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
152
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants MUST take the GRE Revised General Test before SEPTEMBER 2, 2019 for the OCTOBER 1, 2019 deadline.

Early decision applicants must have a minimum verbal/quantitative score of 305. A verbal/quantitative score of 300 is competitive for final decision applicants.

Applicants may take the GRE multiple times, but applicants are considered incomplete and will NOT be reviewed until an official GRE score is reported through the program's PTCAS GRE code- 7744. DO NOT use University of Tennessee Health Science Center GRE code.

Observation Hours

 
DEADLINE for Completion of All PT Hours: Final Decision OCTOBER 1, 2019. Hours must be completed and documented to be considered for interview.

Student MUST have VERIFIED documentation of observation hours from MORE THAN ONE category of settings (e.g., acute care hospital setting, in-patient rehabilitation, out-patient, skilled nursing care facility, etc...) regardless of the number of hours.
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
100
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
09/23/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Please DO NOT submit supplemental materials including transcripts, proof of certifications, or professional evaluations directly to the school. These documents MUST all be submitted through the PTCAS. Applicants will be contacted by the program via email if additional information is required.
Supplemental Requirements
Applicant must REVIEW the technical standards required of the UTHSC physical therapy student.
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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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
Two (2) PTCAS reference forms must be submitted. One reference must be from a physical therapist that you have volunteered with or have worked for, and a second reference must be either a basic science professor or your academic advisor.

The program will NOT accept stand-alone letters submitted without a completed reference form. References from a non-academic evaluator or physical therapist will NOT be considered.

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
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of the TOEFL, with a minimal score of 550.

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
AP and CLEP credit hours and online courses are accepted for Math, Statistics and Psychology ONLY.

NO ONLINE/VIRTUAL courses are acceptable for any of the science prerequisites.

If any outstanding pre-requisite coursework is NOT PROJECTED in PTCAS to be completed prior to potential admission, your application may be denied.

Please be sure you are viewing the 2019-2020 Academic Bulletin (catalog).
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
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Must be face to face lecture and lab. Lab required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
Must be face to face lecture and lab. Lab required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Must be face to face lecture and lab. Lab required. Cannot be an introductory or remedial course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Any Biology lecture with a laboratory
Biology II
Must be face to face lecture and lab. Lab required. Cannot be an introductory or remedial course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Any Biology lecture with a laboratory
Chemistry I
Must be face to face lecture and lab. Lab required. Cannot be an introductory or remedial course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Must be face to face lecture and lab. Lab required. Cannot be an introductory or remedial course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Math
AP And CLEP course credit may be accepted for the three (3) hours of college math credit. Must count toward a major: cannot be an introductory or remedial math course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
Physics I
Must be face to face lecture and lab. Lab required. Cannot be an introductory or remedial course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Must be face to face lecture and lab. Lab required. Cannot be an introductory or remedial course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Psychology
AP and CLEP course credit may be accepted for the three (3) hours of college psychology credit.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
AP and CLEP course credit may be accepted for the three (3) hours of college psychology credit.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
AP and CLEP course credit may be accepted for statistics prerequisite. Must count toward a major: cannot be an introductory or remedial math course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics