Application Deadline Extended for LMU-Knoxville Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

LMU's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has extended its application deadline.

The deadline to apply for Lincoln Memorial University’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program has been extended to March 1, 2021. The inaugural class is anticipated to start May 2021.

“From helping athletes get back on the field to assisting the elderly in being able to maintain their independence, if you love the idea of helping improve a person’s quality of life every single day, then this is the career for you,” said Program Director Dr. Kellee Harper-Hanigan. “We are interviewing and offering acceptance to students on a rolling basis and are advising students to submit their applications as early as possible.”

The DPT program is one of several graduate-level health professions programs to be added to LMU’s educational offerings. The full-time, 36-month program will offer a thoughtfully organized curriculum designed to integrate traditional didactic educational content with contemporary clinical experiences that emphasize the importance of evidence-based and patient-centered care.

"From helping athletes get back on the field to assisting the elderly in being able to maintain their independence, if you love the idea of helping improve a person’s quality of life every single day, then this is the career for you."   Dr. Kellee Harper-Hanigan LMU DPT Program DirectorLMU offers three pathways of entry to the DPT program. Freshmen can enter the “3+3” program, an accelerated academic track that enables students to complete their Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees in six years, as opposed to the traditional seven years. Current LMU students and transfer students from other institutions may also enter the program after completing the prerequisite coursework. For those who have already completed their bachelor’s degree, but want to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy, they can do so without having to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Students at LMU-Knoxville have a unique opportunity for interprofessional education with other LMU health care professional programs including osteopathic medicine, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs. In addition, the state-of-the-art facilities include a human cadaver laboratory and multiple high-fidelity medical simulation learning spaces.

The program is in the pre-candidacy stage of the accreditation process and will be applying for candidacy December 2020 with the application for full initial accreditation submitted Fall of 2023 to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).*

For complete information on admissions and application requirements, visit: www.LMUnet.edu/dpt.

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (DCOM) is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, with an additional location at LMU-Knoxville. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of health care professionals to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email [email protected], or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu.

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ACCREDITATION

LMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404.679.4500, for questions about the accreditation of Lincoln Memorial University.
 
LMU plans to offer the DPT program in May of 2021 pending approval of the SACSCOC.
 
*Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703.706.3245; [email protected] is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. 
 
Lincoln Memorial University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
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