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About the Department

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is steeped in a tradition of excellence.

Through research, an innovative curriculum and expert clinical care, UTHSC has impacted the lives of countless physical therapy students, alumni, and patients throughout the nation.

The UTHSC Department of Physical Therapy was established in 1965 as the first program in the state of Tennessee. The Department is housed on the Memphis campus, in the heart of the city’s Medical District. With access to world class hospitals, inter-professional health learners, and our comprehensive Health Science Center, students and faculty have unlimited opportunities for development and collaboration. PIC OF MEMPHIS/DOWNTOWN/MEDICAL DISTRICT?

The Department has an outstanding Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, with top-notch student outcomes on the licensure exam and in clinical internships. We consistently receive feedback from employers that UTHSC DPT students are among the best in the country. Research in the Department is growing rapidly. The Movement Science Laboratory helps faculty and students conduct biomechanical and performance analyses. University Therapists is our faculty’s avenue to continue clinical practice and improve healthcare within our community. We also have positive impact on the community with outreach projects like Go Baby Go and are committed to developing future projects to help address healthcare disparities in our area. PIC OF GO BABY GO

The Department is led by its engaging, energetic, and compassionate faculty, many of whom are alumni of the program. Faculty have a broad scope of expertise, ranging from sports and orthopaedic rehabilitation and motor control to neurologic rehabilitation in individuals throughout the lifespan. Many faculty are board certified clinical specialists and maintain other clinical certifications that they use as they continue their clinical practice while teaching. PIC OF FACULT TEACHING A STUDENT

In 2020, the core faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy collaboratively developed their strategic plan with the vision: to have a national impact on the delivery of physical therapy to all persons. We hope to accomplish this vision by our mission:


Last Published: Mar 12, 2021