2019-20 Applicants

East Tennessee State University


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Contact Information more...

Dr. Bea Owens
Assistant Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
College of Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences
East Tennessee State University
Box 70624
Johnson City TN, 37614-1709
(423) 439-8791
(423) 439-8793
owensb@etsu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
01/21/2021
Institution's religious affiliation
none
Social networking
Facebook Page for Graduate Admissions Office
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
38
Anticipated size of next entering class
39
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
66%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
34%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
13%

Sex

% Male
40%
% Female
60%
% Declining to State
0%

Race / Ethnicity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
5%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
90%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) enrolls a new class of 40 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.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/01/2019
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
03/02/2020
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates

Applicants who apply by October 1, 2019 will be considered for early assurance into the program.  


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$150.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposit will be credited to tuition the first semester of enrollment.
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
2.70
3.66
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
3.54
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
Program will use the highest grade achieved when calculating the pre-requisite GPA, if a course was repeated. If a higher grade is earned in a higher level course than the minimum pre-requisite requirement, if the course still meets the topic requirement, the higher grade may be substituted for for the pre-requisite requirement.

A single course cannot be used to satisfy multiple pre-requisite requirements.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved for any course used to satisfy a pre-requisite requirement.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
University GRE code
1198
PT Program department GRE code
0619
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
150
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
150

Observation Hours

 
Strongly recommended observation in varied practice settings and at least two settings seeing different types of patients or clients.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are not required but are highly recommended
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
Other
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$55.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
Yes
Description of supplemental requirements
Application to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies must be completed by May 1, 2020 in addition to the PTCAS application.

NOTE: Application fee for the ETSU School of Graduate Studies is $65.00 for international students.
Supplemental Requirements
ETSU School of Graduate Studies Application
Release of GRE scores to ETSU School of Graduate Studies
Deadline for supplemental materials
2020-05-01
Link to supplemental forms or instructions
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send an original foreign transcript directly to the PT program
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
  • Send original Canadian transcript to institution
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to institution
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Applicants must send any original foreign transcripts directly to ETSU (and not to PTCAS). The foreign records must be official or attested university transcripts (including proof of all degrees received) and must include certified translations, if the foreign transcripts are not written in English. Foreign transcripts must be attested by the awarding institution. Notarized copies and third-party attestations of foreign transcripts are not acceptable to ETSU.

Applicants who attended an Indian institution must also provide individual year mark sheets directly to ETSU. Summary mark sheets for Indian coursework are not accepted by ETSU.

The supplemental application fee for the ETSU School of Graduate Studies is $65.00 for international students.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy
Separate Human Anatomy course is preferred. UPPER DIVISION (3000-4000 level) course preferred. Combined A&P courses require departmental approval. Evaluation of combined A&P courses require committee review and approval of course syllabi in order to satisfy this pre-requisite requirement. Contact the Admissions Coordinator for approval.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
Biology II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Any
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physics II
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics: General
  • Physics II
Physiology
Separate Human Physiology course is preferred. Combined A&P courses require departmental approval. Evaluation of combined A&P courses require committee review and approval of course syllabi in order to satisfy this pre-requisite requirement. Contact the Admissions Coordinator to initiate the approval process.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
1 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Psychology: Statistics
Psychology
2 of 2 psychology courses required
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
  • Psychology: Statistics
Statistics
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics