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I am very pleased to welcome you to the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Our school is composed of the departments of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health Informatics & Information Management, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. Our campuses are located in Knoxville and Memphis. We are thrilled that we will soon be embarking on an unprecedented growth phase and and we will be seeking to add new programs which include an undergraduate (BS) degree in Health Sciences with tracks for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology & speech pathology, clinical laboratory sciences, kinesiology and many others. We will also be developing a PhD in Rehabilitation and Prevention Sciences. We are truly excited about our future to be moving forward to assure the quality of our educational, clinical and research programs. We welcome you to join us in an academic environment that values inquiry, innovation, excellence, diversity and compassion. Read More 

College Information

Mission
The mission of the College of Health Professions is consistent with the mission of the University of Tennessee: that is, to provide the people of Tennessee with access to quality higher education, economic development and enhanced quality-of-life opportunities. The UTHSC mission is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public services. The College educates competent health professionals to provide services that address the health care needs of the people of Tennessee, provide leadership in the respective health professions, contribute to the knowledge bases of the respective health disciplines and promote lifelong learning through continuing education.
History

The College was founded as the College of Community and Allied Health Professions in 1972 and was later named the College of Allied Health Science. In 2014, the name changed to the College of Health Professions. 

The College serves as an administrative base for allied health programs from a variety of departments and institutions. Initial departments included clinical laboratory sciences (which included programs in medical technology, cytotechnology, histotechnology and blood banking), then within the College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology; dental hygiene, then in the College of Dentistry; medical record administration (now health informatics and information management), then a part of Baptist Memorial Hospital; physical therapy, then within the College of Medicine’s Department of Medicine; and radiologic technology, then within the College of Medicine’s Department of Radiology. Start-up funding for the College came from a Veterans Administration grant. The Departments of Occupational Therapy and Audiology and Speech Pathology (located on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus) were later added. The blood banking program was discontinued, and the Department of Radiologic Technology and the histotechnology program were transferred to Southwest Tennessee Community College. The Physician Assistant studies program was added in 2012, but moved to the College of Medicine in 2016.

The College has made a commitment towards a new direction and a renewed purpose to train students and to impact our community, state and nation. After a year of discussion and committee review, the College’s faculty voted overwhelmingly Sept 14. 2018, to adopt the new Strategic Plan (2018-2025) which the College faculty believe will launch us to national prominence. The new Strategic Plan stresses research throughout the curriculum in each program and obtain national research funding for these important efforts. The College will seek resources that will recruit world class researchers, and for the first time as a college, prepare students for research investigations of clinical problems in the Health Professions. The College will strive to grow its clinical outreach efforts, expand its existing training opportunities and add new academic BS, PhD and professional training programs to provide new career choices for students who choose to come to work with world class faculty at UTHSC. The goal of the College is to strive to be the best, but to begin with, it will work hard with all of the alumni and stakeholders  to elevate the national ranking of every program in the college to be in the top 20 (or higher) by 2025.

Accreditation

The AuD degree program in Audiology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

(Latest accreditation period: June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2022)

The MS degree program in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

(Latest accreditation period: June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2022)

The cytotechnology curriculum of the UTHSC Master of Cytopathology Practice degree program is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727.210.2350
www.caahep.org

The histotechnology curriculum of the UTHSC Master of Cytopathology Practice degree program is accredited by the:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773.714.8880
www.naacls.org 

The UTHSC program in Medical Laboratory Science is accredited by the:

National Accrediting Agency, Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773.714.8880

The Entry-Level Master's Program in Health Information Management programs is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) under the HIM Baccalaureate Degree and HIM Master's Degree Standards. For more information about CAHIIM, go to www.cahiim.org to verify the accreditation status of the programs.

The Post-graduate Health Information Management Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) under the HIM Baccalaureate Degree and HIM Master's Degree Standards. For more information about CAHIIM, go to www.cahiim.org to verify the accreditation status of the programs.

The occupational therapy program is accredited by the:

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, 
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. 
www.acoteonline.org
ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has accredited the Memphis campus through the 2022/2023 academic year.

The Program in Physical Therapy (DPT) at UTHSC is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22341
Phone: 703.706.3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: www.capteonline.org

The Program received initial accreditation by CAPTE in 1966 and has been continuously accredited since that time. CAPTE does not accredit post-professional programs. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Carol Counts Likens, PT, PhD, MBA at 901.448.5888 or email (clikens@uthsc.edu).

Last Published: Jul 1, 2019