Physical Therapy


  • PTCAS 2016-2017 application is now open! For more information please go to the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) portal.
  • PTCAS Early Decision application deadline is August 15, 2016.
  • Welcome to our new PT Class of 2019!
  • Good luck to our PT2s as they enter their first clinical rotations.
  • Congratulations to Jacque Bradford on her promotion to Assistant Professor. 

About Our Program

Accreditation Status

The Program in Physical Therapy (DPT) at UTHSC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22341; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: The Program received initial accreditation by CAPTE in 1966 and has been continuously accredited since that time. CAPTE does not accredit post-professional programs.

Student Outcomes

  • Graduation Rates: Our department has achieved graduation rates of 98.2%, 93.6%, 98.2% and 98.3% for the last four graduating classes (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
  • Licensure examination pass rates: UTHSC DPT graduates have achieved a 96.5%, 100%, 100% and 96.4% pass rate on the National Physical Therapist Examination for the last four years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
  • Employment rate: 100% of graduates, for the classes of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were employed as PTs within six months of passing the licensure exam.


Individuals who wish to lodge a complaint about the program, students or faculty may contact the Chairman, Dr. Carol Counts Likens, the Dean, Dr. Noma Anderson, or the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education.

The Profession

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.

Licensure and Certification

Physical therapists must pass a national licensure examination in order to practice in the United States. Graduation from an accredited physical therapy curriculum is the first step in becoming licensed.


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The Mitzi Zeno Fund

The Mitzi Zeno Fund is named in honor of our beloved faculty member and will support third year physical therapy students.

GIVE NOW through the donation button above, or call (901) 448-2076 for more information.

Contact Us

Carol Counts Likens, PT, PhD
Chairman and
Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy

The University of Tennessee
Health Science Center
930 Madison – Suite 647
Memphis, TN 38163