About the College

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.  In 2014, the Department of Dental Hygiene returned to the College of Dentistry.  For more information, visit the College of Dentistry.

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.

Location and Facilities

The College’s administrative offices as well as those of most of the departments are located on the sixth floor of the 930 Madison Building on the Memphis campus of the UT Health Science Center. The Department of Health Informatics and Information Management offices and the Occupational Therapy student classroom and laboratory are located in the 920 Madison Building. Most student classes and laboratories are held in the UTHSC General Education Building. The Department of Occupational Therapy has a student pediatrics laboratory in the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities located on the Memphis campus. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies student classroom and laboratory are located in the 66 N. Pauline Building. The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology is located on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Contact Us

College of Health Professions
930 Madison Avenue
6th Floor
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-5581