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Department of Physical Therapy

The 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.

Physical therapy is a unique and vital health profession concerned with health promotion, prevention of physical disabilities and the habilitation/rehabilitation of person disabled by pain, disease, or injury. Physical therapy is defined as the assessment, evaluation, treatment and prevention of physical disability, pain and movement dysfunction resulting from injury, disease, disability, or other health related conditions.

Physical Therapy includes:

  • The performance and interpretation of tests and measurements to assess pathophysiological, pathomechanical, electrophysiological, ergonomic, and developmental deficits of bodily systems to determine diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention.
  • The planning, administration, and modification of therapeutic interventions that focus on posture, locomotion, strength, endurance, cardiopulmonary function, balance, coordination, joint mobility, flexibility, pain, healing and repair, and functional abilities in daily living skills, including work.
  • The provision of consultative, educational, research and other advisory services.


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Important Dates

  • PTCAS Early Decision application deadline is August 12, 2019.
  • PTCAS Final Decision deadline is October 1, 2019.
  • Interview Dates for the 2019-2020 cycle are November 22 and 23, 2019.
Graduation Rate 100%/96.3% (2017/2018)
100% pass rate on the National Physical Therapist Examination (2017 and 2018)
100% of graduates employed within six months of passing licensure exam (2017 and 2018)

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Last Published: Sep 9, 2019