2012-13 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...

Mitzi Zeno, PT, DPT, MS, NCS
Associate Professor and Chairman of 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
dpt@uthsc.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/12/2013
Additional information about the class profile
Program gives preference to applicants who are in-state residents and to children of alumni.
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
60
Anticipated size of next entering class
60
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
90%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
10%
% of CANADIAN applicants accepted
0%
% of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian)
0%

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, offering three undergraduate programs, more than 20 graduate degrees, and three professional programs. More than 2500 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 Allied Health Sciences, 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 Physical Therapy Department 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 require 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 twelve 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, 5 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 1:17.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/1/2012
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
1/15/2013
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Science/Math GPA of 3.50 or higher, GRE score of 1000 or higher and completion of 75% of all required science courses with labs.

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
3.49
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.55
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Experience has shown that generally a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 must be presented for an applicant to be competitive. Program will average the grades made in a course, if a course was repeated.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7744
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Applicants MUST take the GRE Revised General Test before September 1 for October 1, 2012 deadline.

Applicants MUST take the GRE Revised General Test before December 16 for January 15, 2013 deadline.

Observation Hours

 
DEADLINE for Completion of All PT Hours: (1) First Deadline Decision 01-Oct-2012; (2) Regular 15-Jan-2013.
Student must have documentation of some type of observation from more than one category of diagnoses (e.g., orthopedics) 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 RECOMMENDED
100
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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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
1
Additional information about program's reference requirements
One (1) PTCAS reference form must be submitted. Reference must be from either a basic science professor or your academic advisor. The program will NOT accept stand-alone letters submitted without a completed reference form or references from other types of evaluators.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Do not send any foreign documentation. PT program only considers U.S. courses
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Do not send any Canadian documentation
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
No online or virtual courses are acceptable for all science prerequisites.
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
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
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
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
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
1 of 2 English composition courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • Writing
English Composition / Writing
2 of 2 English composition courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
Math
Advanced placement coursework in math can be accepted for the three (3) hours of college math credit. Three additional hours of college math must be taken if a student received credit for a CLEP examination. No AP or CLEP credit can be applied to college statistics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Algebra
  • Mathematics: Calculus
  • Mathematics: Trigonometry
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
1 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: General I
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Social/Behavioral Science
1 of 4 additional psychology, sociology, and other humanities/social science courses
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
2 of 4 additional psychology, sociology, and other humanities/social science courses
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
Social/Behavioral Science
3 of 4 additional psychology, sociology, and other humanities/social science courses
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Social/Behavioral Science
4 of 4 additional psychology, sociology, and other humanities/social science courses
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Humanities
  • Psychology: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics