Program Profile

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2017-18

Rebecca Littleton
Program Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Dept Mail Code 3253
Chattanooga, TN  37403
423-425-1786
423-425-4747
Rebecca-Littleton@utc.edu
http://www.utc.edu/physical-therapy/

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline10/16/2017
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

We do not interview. While we do not participate in a rollling admissions process, we encourage applicants to apply early.  This gives the program time to contact the applicant if an application is determined to be incomplete (missing a reference, missing verification of hours, missing official GRE scores, etc.).  Typically, offers for regular-decision applicants are extended in early December.

EARLY DECISION

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidatesThe UTC DPT program offers an early decision option for each admission cycle. Our program may accept a large percentage of its class early decision. Therefore, applicants who have selected UTC DPT as their top choice are strongly encouraged to apply early decision.

To be eligible for early decision, applicants must have the following:

* Minimum 3.4 cumulative undergraduate GPA

* Minimum 3.4 GPA for the nine science prerequisites (listed under "Course Prerequisites")

* Minimum 3.5 GRE analytical writing score

There is no minimum verbal/quantitative GRE score for early decision. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. However, both the AW section and the verbal/quantitative sections of the GRE will be considered in the admissions decision. The average verbal/quantitative score for applicants accepted early decision is a 306.

To be considered as an Early Decision candidate, all application materials (including all transcripts) must be received by PTCAS by the early decision deadline. Due to transcript deadlines, Early Decision candidates are not encouraged to include coursework for the current summer semester. Early Decision applicants are advised to take the GRE and arrange for official scores to be sent to PTCAS - code 0464- no later than July 31. Applications without an official reported GRE score are considered incomplete and will not be processed.

SUPPLEMENTAL/UPLOAD REQUIREMENTS

If a document upload is required, submit through the "Program Materials" section of the application. Document uploads must be submitted by the program's application deadline.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount$35.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Description of supplemental requirementsPLEASE DO *NOT* SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS INCLUDING TRANSCRIPTS, PROOF OF CERTIFICATIONS, OR THE GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION TO THE UNIVERSITY UNLESS SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED.

**Applicants will be contacted by the program via e-mail if additional information is required**
Supplemental requirement 1Entering students must show proof of having completed a First Aid course (transcript is acceptable).
Supplemental requirement 2TRANSCRIPTS: One official transcript showing degree conferral and transcripts for any outstanding prerequisites (except UTC) must be sent to the UTC Graduate School upon request.
Supplemental requirement 3Passing a background check is required for admitted students prior to matriculation.
Supplemental requirement 4Prior certification in CPR is strongly recommended.
Deadline for supplemental materials 
Link to supplemental forms or instructionshttp://www.utc.edu/physical-therapy/admissions/how-to-apply.php#HowtoApply

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
To view the school-specific (custom) questions, select the program on the "Program Selection" screen of the application, go to the "Program Materials" section, and select "Questions". Not all programs have school-specific questions.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information* All prerequisite courses must receive a grade of "C" or higher. "C-" is not acceptable.

*The program specific GPA consists of the nine science prerequisites. Six of the nine must be completed- with grades verified in PTCAS- at the time of application. The lab component, if taken separately, must also be graded and verified in order for the course to count as one of the six completed prerequisites. These nine courses are:

Biology I & II (or a second, higher-level biology course- 8 semester hours)
Chemistry I & II (8 semester hours)
Physics I & II (8 semester hours)
Human Anatomy (A&P I), Human Physiology (A&P II) (8 semester hours)
Exercise Physiology (3 semester hours)

*These courses should be appropriate for majors in that discipline.

Anatomy & Physiology coursework outside biology, anatomy, neuroscience or integrated physiology departments may require a petition to the faculty to be considered. Please contact Rebecca Littleton.

Anatomy & Physiology coursework outside biology, anatomy, neuroscience or integrated physiology departments may require a petition to the faculty to be considered. Please contact Rebecca Littleton for more information.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentVaries
Link to program's prerequisite instructionshttp://www.utc.edu/physical-therapy/admissions/prerequisites.php
 
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Anatomy & Physiology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Anatomy & Physiology coursework outside biology, anatomy, neuroscience or integrated physiology departments require a petition to the faculty to be considered.  
Anatomy & Physiology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Anatomy & Physiology coursework outside biology, anatomy, neuroscience or integrated physiology departments require a petition to the faculty to be considered.  
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: General I
 
Biology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: General II
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
Applicant can substitute an upper level biology course. If an applicant takes the Biology I and Biology II sequence, those are the courses that will be calculated in the science prerequisite GPA.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry I
 
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry II

 
Exercise PhysiologyUpper DivisionNoRecommendedSH: 3Exercise Physiology
 
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
 
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
 
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Advanced
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Psychology: Sports
Course level of 200 or above with a psychology prefix is acceptable. Courses outside the psychology prefix may be acceptable with a petition if psychology is included in the title.
 
PsychologyIntroNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: General
Psychology: General I

 
StatisticsIntroNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Any statistics course  

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code0464
 
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Analytical writing scaled score3.0    
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsA minimum analytical writing score of 3.0 is required. Early decision applicants must have a 3.5 analytical writing score. There is no minimum verbal/quantitative score required, but the combined average score for the classes of 2017-2019 was 305. There are no exceptions to the AW requirements.

There is NO minimum verbal/quantitative GRE score for early decision applicants. In addition to the verbal/quantitative score, the AW score will also be factored into the admissions formula for both early and regular decision applicants. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR.

The GRE is a significant part of the admission decision. Applicants may take the GRE multiple times, but applications are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until a GRE score is reported through the program's PTCAS GRE code- 0464- DO NOT use the University's GRE code. Applicants may update official GRE scores after the application is submitted in PTCAS.

Please see the program's website for average GPAs and GREs over the last three years. http://www.utc.edu/physical-therapy/admissions/how-to-apply.php#Applicant_Data

REFERENCES

Number of references required by program2
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1X   
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
Professor   X 
Academic   X 
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X
PTA   X 
Pre-PT Advisor   X 
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X 
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X
Clergy   X
Other   X
Additional information about program's reference requirementsOne of the references must be submitted by a licensed physical therapist. References must be submitted to PTCAS. Letters sent directly to the program are not accepted.

PT OBSERVATION HOURS

Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED0
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementApplicants must have verified observation hours to be considered. A minimum number of hours are not recommended or required. However, we highly suggest that multiple volunteer/observation opportunities (i.e. pediatrics, outpatient, inpatient, etc.) should be explored to confirm your interest in physical therapy as a career. One reference from a licensed physical therapist will be required. Hours must be completed and verified electronically in PTCAS in order for the application to be processed.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.20 3.85 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.20 3.83 
Early Decision Overall Cumulative GPA 3.40 3.84 
Early Decision Science Prerequisite GPA 3.40 3.78 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsAll prerequisite courses must receive a grade of "C" or higher. "C-" is not acceptable.

The program specific GPA consists of the nine science prerequisites. Six of the nine must be completed- with grades reported to and verified in PTCAS- at the time of application. The lab component, if taken separately, must also be graded and completed in order for the course to count as one of the six completed prerequisites. These nine courses are:

* Biology I & II (or a second, higher-level biology course- 8 semester hours)

* Chemistry I & II (8 semester hours)

* Physics I & II (8 semester hours)

* Human Anatomy, Human Physiology (8 semester hours)

* Exercise Physiology (3 semester hours)

These courses should be appropriate for majors in that discipline and must include a lab component.

FOREIGN APPLICANTS & TRANSCRIPTS

Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkNon US transcripts must be submitted directly to the International Student Services Office of UTC.
http://www.utc.edu/international-students/index.php

A WES or similar evaluation may be required. International applicants should contact the department directly via e-mail early in the application process to determine what additional steps may be required.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Additional Information about Deposit$500.00 non-refundable deposit is required for accepted applicants. For students who enroll in the program, this $500.00 will be applied to the first semester's tuition.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/21/2018
Size of most recent entering class36
Anticipated size of next entering class36
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted75%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted25%
Additional information about the class profileThe Department of Physical Therapy is committed to The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s strategic plan goal to embrace diversity and inclusion as a path to excellence and societal change. Therefore, the program welcomes and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds including those who identify as underrepresented minorities.

The program does not give preference to in-state students or UTC graduates. Information on tuition and residency rules may be found at these links:

http://www.utc.edu/bursar/fee-schedule.php#GRADUATE
http://www.utc.edu/admissions/pdfs/residencyrules.pdf
http://www.utc.edu/graduate-school/pdfs/residencyappealform-2012bothoffices10-12-12.pdf
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Programhttps://www.facebook.com/utc.dpt
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/Schoolhttps://www.facebook.com/UTChattanooga
Twitter Page for PT Programhttp://www.twitter.com/@UTChattanooga

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga DPT Program:

Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession that is highly rewarding to the practitioner and the client. Our graduates are well prepared to be competent physical therapists in a variety of practice settings. The physical therapy program at UTC is very fortunate to have an extremely well prepared faculty and staff who are committed to facilitating the success of our students. In addition, the physical therapy community is strongly supportive of our students as they complete the clinical education components of the curriculum. When these two strengths are grouped with the support of a great university and city, it becomes clear that The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a rewarding place to study physical therapy.

As you plan for your education, I hope that you will actively consider our program and university. Our web site has been designed to provide you with helpful information about the DPT program prerequisites and the admission process. The information on these web pages will answer many of your questions about our program. If you need additional information, feel free to directly contact the faculty and staff of the Physical Therapy Department. We welcome the opportunity to directly respond to your questions. Please call us at (423) 425-4747.

Sincerely,
Debbie Ingram, PT, EdD, FAPTA
Department Head
UC Foundation Professor
Last Updated: 03/14/2017




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