Physical Therapy Program

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences


Department Summary: Three programs—Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology— comprise the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, which is chaired by Dr. Michelle Masterson.


Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) Program: When we engage in any part of life through active doing, we are engaging in an occupation. Occupations promote and shape development and reflect each person's deepest meanings and purposes. Given the power of occupation in human development, it’s not surprising a profession is specifically devoted to the use of occupation as a therapeutic method. The OT profession is based on the use of occupation for health promotion and remediation of disorders. The mission of the OTD Program at UT is the study and application of therapeutic occupation.

 OTD Program Highlights:

•     Fully accredited, entry-level clinical doctorate resulting in qualification for certification as occupational therapists

•     Comprehensive 3-year curriculum with fieldwork placements in every semester

•     Students take part in doctoral level research and a 640-hour Capstone experience

•     Graduates of the OTD Program at UT are autonomous clinicians and leaders in the profession

OTD Program Director: Dr. Martin Rice, ext. 6694, HHS 2102B, MS 119,

OTD Faculty by the Numbers: 7 (6 FTE)              

OTD Students by the Numbers: 60 (three cohorts of 20)

OTD Program Website click here 


Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program: PTs are health care professionals who have expertise in movement and enhance an individual’s health and quality of life by improving or restoring movement and functional abilities, reducing pain , preventing disability, and promoting healthy and active lifestyles. PTs provide care for individuals of all ages and work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics and skilled nursing facilities. The mission of the PT Program at UT is to prepare graduates to be ethical, competent, compassionate, and socially and culturally sensitive physical therapists.

DPT Program Highlights:

•     Fully accredited, entry-level clinical doctorate program resulting in qualification for licensure as physical therapists

•     Comprehensive 3-year curriculum with 36 full-time weeks of clinical education experiences

•     Students complete projects in a faculty member’s area of scholarly interest

•     DPT/PhD option available

DPT Program Director: Dr. Michelle Masterson, ext. 6671, HHS 2000, MS119,

DPT Faculty by the Numbers: 7 (6.5 FTE)           

DPT Students by the Numbers: 84 (three cohorts of 28)

DPT Program Website click here     


Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)Program: SLPs evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages. They are essential professionals in settings ranging from public schools to acute care; rehabilitation, pediatric, and psychiatric hospitals; long term care and out-patients facilities, and home health. SLPs collaborate with professionals from related disciplines in managing problems in swallowing, communication, hearing and cognitive-linguistic disorders.

SLP Program Highlights:

•     Fully accredited, Master’s degree leading to qualification for certification/licensure as a speech-language pathologist

•     On-site non-profit Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic serves as a practicum site for students and community resource

•     Two full-time externships at regional medical facilities, clinics, and schools provide second year grad students with extensive clinical experience resulting in graduates who are autonomous clinicians and leaders in the profession

•     Undergraduate students are provided with observation and clinical practicum experiences to better prepare them for graduate school and the profession

SLP Program Director: Dr. Rodney Gabel, ext. 6682, HHS 2024, MS 119,

SLP Faculty by the Numbers: 6 (6 FTE)               

SLP Students by the Numbers: 50 graduate and 200+ undergraduate

SLP Program Website click here    



Last Updated: 6/9/16