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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION 2013-14

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/PhysicalTherapy

APPLICATION DEADLINE

PTCAS application deadline10/1/2013
Deadline typeSoft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)11/15/2013
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Please review our admissions web page before beginning your application. We highly recommend printing and following our Application Instructions and Prerequisite Checklist.

http://www.utc.edu/physical-therapy/pdfs/application_instructions_and_eligibility_requirement_fall_2014.pdf

Please pay careful attention to early decision and GRE deadlines.  After reviewing the program's website and instructions, please contact Rebecca Littleton with any question you may have. Please do not submit any supplemental materials unless requested by the program.

EARLY DECISION

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidatesTo 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
* Minimum 300 GRE combined verbal and quantitative score

To be considered as an Early Decision candidate, all application materials (including all transcripts) must be received by PTCAS by the early decision deadline. 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 REQUIREMENTS

If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes - for selected applicants only
Supplemental fee amount$30.00
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 TO THE UNIVERSITY UNLESS REQUESTED.

**Applicants will be contacted by the program if additional information is required**
Supplemental requirement 1Entering students must show proof of having completed a First Aid course and be currently certified in CPR with certification lasting until May of their first year. Students will be recertified at that time.
Supplemental requirement 2MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY: Students may complete a medical terminology course prior to beginning the program, or will otherwise be required to pass a test during the first week of classes.
Supplemental requirement 3TRANSCRIPTS: One official copy of transcripts, from all previous institutions (except UTC) must be sent to the UTC Graduate School upon request.
Deadline for supplemental materials 

SCHOOL-SPECIFIC QUESTIONS

Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?
3.   Can you complete these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodations? 1) Practice in a safe manner minimizing risk to patient, self & others; 2) Demonstrate professional behavior; 3) Practice in a manner consistent with established legal & professional standards; 4) Communicate in ways that are congruent with situational needs; 5) Adapt delivery of PT services with consideration for patients' differences, values, preferences & needs; 6) Participate in self-assessment to improve clinical & professional performance; 7) Apply current knowledge, theory, clinical judgment & the patient's values in patient management; 8) Determine the patient's need for further examination or consultation; 9) Perform a PT examination; 10) Evaluate data from the patient examination to make clinical judgments; 11) Determine a diagnosis and prognosis that guides patient management; 12) Establish a PT plan of care that is safe, effective, patient-centered & evidence-based; 13) Perform PT interventions competently; 14) Educate others using effective teaching methods; 15) Produce quality documentation in a timely manner; 16) Select & analyze data from selected outcome measures; 17) Participate in financial management of PT service consistent with regulatory, legal & facility guidelines; and 18) Direct & supervise personnel to meet patient goals & expected outcomes.
4.   DRESS CODE: For clinical education experiences, students are expected to abide by the dress code of the assigned facility. Students should contact the center coordinator of clinical education at the assigned site prior to their scheduled clinical experiences to inquire about their policies. When patients are invited to our classroom, or when the class participates in a clinical lab in a clinical facility, students are expected to abide by the dress code listed in the student handbook. The handbook is located in the students' section of the departmental web page and can be accessed at the following link: http://www.utc.edu/Academic/PhysicalTherapy/StudentWebpage.php By applying to the UTC program, you agree to consent to the dress code as outlined in the UTC DPT Student Handbook. Students who cannot abide by these rules have the option of not attending the UTC DPT program.
5.   Please list any undergraduate coursework that has been repeated. University policy allows three courses to be repeated and to fully replace the previous grade on your transcript. After the first three courses are repeated, any additional repeats will be averaged with the previous grade. Be certain to mark any repeated courses (both the first and second attempt) as such on your PTACS application, and list the prefix and course number here. (Repeats may be from the same school or from different schools. In such cases, the program will make the decision as to which courses are excluded.) If you have been awarded academic forgiveness or bankruptcy at any point, and it is reflected on your transcripts, please address this in the background information section of your application.
6.   Please acknowledge that you understand the following: 1.) Official GRE scores must be sent to PTCAS code 0464 and not the University. 2.) Anatomy & Physiology coursework outside biology, anatomy, neuroscience or integrated physiology departments require a petition to the faculty to be considered. The petition form is located at: http://www.utc.edu/physical-therapy/pdfs/petition_for_prerequisite_substitution.pdf If either of these requirements are not met the application is considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until the missing information is submitted.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

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 reported to 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.
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 departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructionshttp://www.utc.edu/physical-therapy/entry-level-dpt/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
Equivalent to UTC Bio l 1910/1910L (prev. 191) Functional Human Anatomy with Lab  
Anatomy & Physiology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Equivalent to Bio l 2080/2080L (prev. 208) Human Physiology with Lab  
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: General I
Equivalent to UTC Bio l 1110/1110L (prev. 121) Principles of Biology I with Lab  
Biology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: Embryology
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Biology: Zoology
Equivalent to UTC Bio II 1120/1120L (prev. 122) Principles of Biology II with Lab or a higher level biology course  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Equivalent to UTC Chem 1110/1110L (prev. 121/123) General Chemistry I with Lab  
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Equivalent to UTC Chem 1120/1120L (prev. 122 /124)General Chemistry II with Lab
 
Exercise PhysiologyUpper DivisionNoRecommendedSH: 3Exercise Physiology
Equivalent to UTC HHP 3170 (prev. 317) Exercise Physiology  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Equivalent to UTC Phys 1030/1030L (prev. 103/183) General Physics I with Lab  
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
Equivalent to UTC Phys 1040/1040L (prev. 104/184) General Physics II with Lab  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Advanced
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Psychology: Sports
Course level of 200 or above. Example: UTC PSY 2410 (prev. 241) Psychology of Individual Differences  
PsychologyIntroNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: General
Equivalent to UTC PSY 1010 (prev. 101) Intro to Psychology  
StatisticsIntroNoN/ASH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics
Equivalent to UTC Math 2100 (prev. 210)Intro to Stats, Psy 2010 (prev. 201) Research Methodology, MGT 2110 (prev. 211) Statistical Methods for Business, HHP 4010 (prev. 401) Measurement and Evaluation  

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE)

Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code0464
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle5/1/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle7/31/2009
 
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. There is no minimum verbal/quantitative score required for regular decision applicants, but the combined average score for the classes of 2014-2016 was 313. Early decision applicants must have a 3.5 analytical writing score and a combined verbal/quantitative score of 300 or higher.

Applicants may take the GRE multiple times, but applications are considered incomplete until a GRE score is reported through the program's PTCAS GRE code- 0464- DO NOT use the University's GRE code.

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 physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
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 requirementA 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 in PTCAS in order for the application to be processed.

GPA REQUIREMENT

GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.20 3.83 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.20 3.80 
Early Decision Overall Cumulative GPA 3.40 3.84 
Early Decision Program-specific prerequisite 3.40 3.79 
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 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.

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 foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Send original Canadian transcript to institution
Send foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to institution
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/Administration/InternationalStudents/
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

Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/18/2014
Size of most recent entering class30
Anticipated size of next entering class30
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted73%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted0%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted27%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted0%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted0%
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,
J. Randy Walker, PT, PhD, DPT
Department Head and UC Foundation Professor
Last Updated: 08/12/2013