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Message from the Program Director

Welcome to the Doctor of Physical therapy Program at Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine - Knoxville site (LMU-DCOM Knoxville). As you explore the site, you will find a thoughfully organized curriculum designated to integrate traditional didactic educational content with contemporary clinical experiences that emphasize the importance of evidence-based and patient-centered care. We continue to hire exceptional faculty who are not only experienced clinicians, but dedicated educators as well. Our program is unique in that it is housed on a campus with programs from the following health care professions: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant/Associate - Surgical, and Doctor of Occupational Therapy. We are committed to providing students with an interprofessional education that will prepare them to excel in a dynamic healthcare environment. We invite you to visit our campus, ask questions, and learn more about our program. We encourage you to consider pursuing your education at Lincoln Memorial University, and we look forward to helping you achieve your professional goals. Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] with any questions.


Dr. Harper-Hanigan


Program Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to advance physical therapy practice using best evidence and interprofessional educational opportunities that engage and support students in their development into knowledgeable, skilled, reflective, and collaborative practitioners. These characteristics will reflect the values and principles of contemporary health care with the ultimate goalof improving the quality of life of all communities, holding a deep commitment to the vast Appalachian region.


Our mission in combination with the missions of the College and University and physical therapy professional practice documents, have guided the development and will guide the implementation and ongoing assessment of the Program.

Overall, our goals reflect skilled clinical practice through the demonstration of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to perform all elements of patient management within the systems-based courses in the curriculum. Their development was guided by the following documents:


Program Goals

  1. Prepare students to excel as members of cohesive interprofessional teams to provide comprehensive care communities in the Appalachian region and beyond.

  2. Increase the number of contemporary physical therapists in states encompassing the Appalachian region and beyond.

  3. Provide an inclusive, student-centered, and diverse learning environment.


Student/Graduate Goals

  1. Demonstrate thorough knowledge and use sound critical reasoning skills to make appropriate clinical decisions, develop realistic interventions, and implement those interventions to optimize movement and ultimately improve the human experience.

  2. Possess the skills necessary for life-long learning.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to effectively work as a member of an interprofessional team to provide quality healthcare to patients.