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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 2022-2023 cycle in June 2022.
  • PTCAS Soft Deadline is August 16, 2022 and Firm Decision Deadline is November 1, 2022.
  • Interview Dates for the 2022-2023 cycle are December 9 and 10, 2022. 
Two year graduation rates:  2019-2020 two-year combined average: 97%  2020-2021 two-year combined average: 98%
National Physical Therapy Examination Pass Rates   2019-2020 two-year combined average: 98%  2020-2021 two-year combined average: 98%
Employment rate For those seeking employment:                    2019-2020 two-year combined average: 100%  2020-2021 two-year combined average: 100%

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Last Published: May 11, 2022