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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 will open its application portal for the 2021-2022 cycle on July 1, 2021
  • PTCAS Soft Deadline is August 16, 2021 and Firm Decision Deadline is November 1, 2021.
  • Interview Dates for the 2021-2022 cycle are September 24, 2021 (Soft Decision) and December 10 and 11, 2021 (Firm Decision)
100% Graduation Rate for 2018; 98.3% for 2019; and 96.6% for 2020
91.7% pass rate for 2021 and 98.3% for 2020 on the National Physical Therapist Examination
100% of graduates employed within six months of passing licensure exam (2020)

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Last Published: Oct 11, 2021