Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Application deadline extended to April 30, 2021.

    Please contact program administration at for details.

    Message from the Program Director

    Welcome to the developing 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 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. We are currently in the process of hiring 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 – Surgical Focus, 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 with any questions.


    Dr. Harper-Hanigan

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    Physical Therapy (PT),
    ranked by U.S. News and
    World Report, as #10 in
    "Best Health Care Jobs"
    in 2020 
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    Full-time 36-month curriculum.
    Didactic lecture, four
    full clinical internships and
    research training
    (114 credit hour curriculum)

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    3+3 "accelerated" BS/DPT
    pathway available.
    No GRE required.

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    Median pay is $89,440
    per year, $7,453 per month;
    or $43.00 per hour.




    Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
    Lincoln Memorial University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. On December 1, 2020, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. 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. 

    Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.


    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
    Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Please 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.