East Tennessee State University

Information about Physical Therapist program at East Tennessee State University




East Tennessee State University (A4, D6, F1, PU)

Last Updated by Program: 03/12/2007
Address:   Department of Physical Therapy
East Tennessee State University
Box 70624
Johnson City, TN 37614
Phone:   (423)439-8275
Fax:   (423)439-8077
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (423)439-8275
Financial Aid Phone:   (423)439-4300
Web Address:   http://www.etsu.edu/cpah/physther/index.htm
Program E-mail:   epps@etsu.edu
David A Arnall, PT, PhD, FACSM, ES, RCEP
Professor and Chair
  Accreditor:   Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  Carnegie Classification:   Doctoral/Research Universities
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Bachelor's degree, October 1997 (no longer offered) Master’s degree, October 1998 (no longer offered) DPT degree, January 2004
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2012
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Doctor of Physical Therapy
The physical therapy program is selective and admits students for the entry-level DPT to begin matriculation in the spring semester. Students who are accepted into the program must be enrolled on a full-time basis for each of the nine semesters; this includes summers and inter-sessions. The physical therapy courses are arranged in a prescribed sequence that students must follow and may not be taken prior to admission to the DPT program. The DPT is offered as a non-thesis option requiring successful completion of 127 credit hours (84 hours of coursework and 43 hours of clinical education).
The DPT program has a total of 48 weeks of clinical experiences. This includes clinical practica of 3 weeks for semester two (summer), and 4 weeks for semester four (spring), and for the second summer intersession, for a total of 11 weeks. A 12-week internship occurs in semester six (fall, a 10-week advanced internship takes place in semester seven (spring), and a 15-week internship takes place in semester nine (fall).
There are seven full-time core faculty positions and two part-time College of Medicine faculty positions. Of the full-time faculty 57% hold post-professional doctoral degrees, two are certified as clinical specialists, and three are engaged in clinical practice.
The university has an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. The physical therapy program admits 24 students into the DPT program each year, with each class beginning in January (spring semester).
Eligibility requirements for consideration for the DPT program include: a bachelor’s degree, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (general sections), three letters of recommendation (at least one from a licensed physical therapist), an interview, a writing sample, a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale), a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in the prerequisite courses with no grade in a prerequisite course below a “C” (2.0). Prerequisite courses include 3 semester hours of statistics; 3-4 semester hours in each: human anatomy, human physiology, exercise physiology; 6 semester hours of psychology; 8 semester hours in each: biology, chemistry, and physics (all w/ labs). There is no specific number of clinical hours required, however, each applicant is expected to have thoroughly investigated the scope and profession of physical therapy. To qualify for Early Decision, applicants must submit completed applications between January 1 and March 1. All application materials must be received in the School of Graduate Studies by July 1. Early submission of materials is highly recommended.
97% of matriculating students graduate from the program (based on the last three graduating classes. 96% of graduates have passed the licensure exam (all but two students in the graduating classes of 2001, 2002, 2003. Data for 2004 is incomplete at this time). 100% of students eligible for employment have been employed within 6 months of graduation, most immediately after licensure).
Graduate tuition/fees for the 2006-2007 school year are approximately $ $3000 per semester for full-time in-state students and $7800/semester for full-time out-of-state students. The department offers two tuition scholarships and two half-time Graduate Assistantships in each entering class (available for a maximum of two years). Second year students are eligible to apply for the William M. "Mac" Hensley Endowed Scholarship.. For information on financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office at 423/439-4300.
ETSU is nestled in the mountains of east Tennessee. Students with an interest in outdoor activities will find them in abundance either locally or in close proximity to the campus. The Center for Physical Activity offers two indoor squash/racquetball courts, basketball courts, indoor track, pool, aerobic facility, free weights, and cardio and strength building equipment. The Physical Therapy department is housed in a historic building on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs/Quillen College of Medicine campus with a view of the mountains. Students have easy access to the Medical Library and computer lab with computers, printer, and scanner dedicated to the PT students.