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The program will utilize a combination of short course format, independent study, and distance learning. This will allow the working clinician to gain additional knowledge in a short period of time and to be able to continue employment. For some of the courses, a prerequisite for the course may be completed via a continuing education seminar which is then enhanced through completion of assignments in a distance education format. For other courses, no seminar attendance may be required and all learning activities will be completed through distance learning. These courses may include assigned readings, videos, CD or DVD presentation, or via the Internet. Some courses that require the development of certain psychomotor skills will be offered as block scheduled courses on the UTHSC campus.

Program components for the MPT Graduate (3 year program) from UT or a 3 year program at another institution:

If the physical therapist graduated from the 3 year MPT program (2001 – 2006) at UTHSC, the DPT degree completion program will require a minimum of 25 semester hours. Graduates from institutions other than UTHSC will have an individualized review of academic coursework and clinical experiences to determine which courses will need to be taken. Most therapists will be able to complete the program in approximately 1 –2 years while employed in a clinical or academic setting.

Components for the MPT graduate from UTHSC are:

  1. Presentation of a portfolio of professional clinical and educational experiences for review by the University. Based upon the portfolio review, the graduate may be granted up to 13 credit hours through the portfolio portion of the application. Eight of these credit hours represent additional credit hours of coursework related to ethical issues; neurologic, orthopedic, research content; and clinical internship experiences that are currently included in the MPT program. If the graduate has evidence of competence in the content areas of the applied statistics or epidemiology course sequence, the graduate may be granted exceptions for up to 5 semester credits.
  2. Required UTHSC Courses (10 hours)
    • Fundamentals of Epidemiology - 3 credit hours
    • Applied Statistics - 2 credit hours
    • Kinesiology/Pathokinesiology II - 2 credit hours
    • Health and Wellness - 3 credit hours
  3. Other Course Work (7-9 hours)
    • Fundamentals of Health Policy - 3 credit hours OR
      Health Care Economics - 3 credit hours
    • Physical Therapy Special Topic Courses (4 - 6 credit hours)
      1. Clinical Gait Analysis
      2. Issues in Women´s Health
      3. Sports Physical Therapy
      4. Courses in MSPT or SCDPT program
  4. The schedule for a student who has been awarded competency credit will vary based upon which courses towards the degree completion will need to be taken. Students are given a maximum of 5 years from entrance into the program to complete all the degree requirements.

Components for the MPT graduate from another University are:

  1. Presentation of a portfolio of professional clinical and educational experiences for review by the University. Based upon the portfolio review, the graduate may be granted up to 12 credit hours through the Portfolio portion of the application. Coursework beyond entry level obtained at other universities may be used for degree completion and must have been completed within 7 years of admission to the doctoral program or, if older, be validated by contemporary activities demonstrating ongoing competency with the content. However, in order to obtain a degree from the University of Tennessee (UT), students must have completed 30 hours of coursework at UT.
  2. Required UTHSC Courses (10 hours)
    • Fundamentals of Epidemiology - 3 credit hours
    • Applied Statistics - 2 credit hours
    • Kinesiology⁄Pathokinesiology II - 2 credit hours
    • Health and Wellness - 3 credit hours
  3. Other Coursework (7 - 9 hours)
    • Fundamentals of Health Policy - 3 credit hours OR
      Health Care Economics - 3 credit hours
    • Physical Therapy Special Topic Courses (4 - 6 credit hours)
      1. Clinical Gait Analysis
      2. Issues in Women´s Health
      3. Sports Physical Therapy
      4. Courses in MSPT or SCDPT program

Contact:

Pamela D. Ritzline, Ed.D., P.T.
Director of Graduate Program
Department of Physical Therapy

The University of Tennessee
Health Science Center
930 Madison – Suite 640
Memphis, TN 38163
901.448.5888
pritzlin@uthsc.edu