Physical Therapy


  • PTCAS Early Decision application deadline is August 13, 2018.
  • PTCAS Final Decision deadline is October 1, 2018.
  • Interview Dates are November 20, December 1, 7 and 8, 2018.

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. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Carol Counts Likens, PT, PhD, MBA at 901-448-5888 or email (

Student Outcomes

  • Graduation Rates: Our department has achieved graduation rates of 100% for the last two graduating classes (2016 and 2017).
  • Licensure examination pass rates: UTHSC DPT graduates have achieved a 96.7%, 94.6% pass rate on the National Physical Therapist Examination for the last two years (2016, 2017).
  • Employment rate: 100% of graduates, for the classes of 2016 and 2017 were employed as PTs within six months of passing the licensure exam.

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.


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

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Go Baby Go Support Fund

The Go Baby Go project adapts toy cars to allow children with mobility issues to interact with their peers and environment.

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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.

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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