CAPTE Accredited
Program Description

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) enrolls a new class of 39 students annually in the spring semester (January). The program is completed in 9 semesters or 3 years with graduations occurring each December. Clinical education is integrated throughout the curriculum, including experiences in the first year of study. The ongoing inclusion of clinical experiences in the curriculum is considered a highlight and strength of our program by our students. 

The majority of our faculty are PhD prepared clinicians actively engaged in practice and research as well as in teaching. The faculty includes board certified clinical specialists in orthopedics and pediatrics as well as certified specialists in vestibular rehabilitation, hand therapy and orthopaedic manual physical therapy and physical therapists with doctoral training in the basic and social sciences. Our faculty are actively engaged in APTA and other professional associations as well as local and international service.

The Department of Physical Therapy is part of ETSU's Academic Health Science Center which includes the Quillen College of Medicine, the Gatton School of Pharmacy, the Veterans Affairs hospital, and the Colleges of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Public Health and Nursing. The Physical Therapy Department is physically located on the Mountain Home Veteran's administration campus adjacent to the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy. Our location within the Academic Health Science Center affords our faculty and students many unique opportunities in education, service and clinical practice that enhance our program. Physical therapy students enroll in anatomy and neuroscience classes with medical students and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of optional interprofessional learning activities. 

The mission of the Physical Therapy Department at East Tennessee State University is to advance the practice of physical therapy through the provision of high quality professional physical therapy education, research and service, taking advantage of the unique opportunities and responsibilities provided by our location in within an Academic Health Science Center in a rural setting. East Tennessee State University is located in Johnson City, Tennessee close to the Virginia and North Carolina borders between the Great Smokey Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This region offers a moderate climate encompassing all four seasons and is a recreational haven offering camping, fishing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking and snow skiing. The surrounding area offers many cultural/social events such as community festivals and fairs and is located in the heart of the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
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Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
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Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit will be credited to tuition the first semester of enrollment.
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Incoming Class Profile
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Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
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