Pre-Health Living-Learning Community

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Why join the Pre-Health Living-Learning Community (PHLLC)?

The PHLLC is a community for our strongest, most committed students pursuing careers in health care, whether in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dental hygiene, or any other of the many health professions programs offered at ETSU.

The PHLLC allows budding health professionals to grow by encouraging personal and intellectual development. The PHLLC offers opportunities to develop as a whole person--academically, socially, culturally, and professionally--through social gatherings, study groups, tutoring sessions, group group enrollment in selected health discipline prerequisite courses, and residential life with like-minded individuals. The PHLLC also offers special volunteer opportunities and experiences that help students cultivate a set of cultural competencies needed to work within the interdisciplinary health care team.

Who is eligible to join the PHLLC?

Applications are available to students who enter ETSU as first-time freshmen and enroll in one of the following health professions programs:

Pre-Allopathic Medicine Pre-Dentistry Pre-Podiatry Pre-Respiratory Therapy
Pre-Audiology Pre-Nursing Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Speech-Language Pathology
Pre-Chiropractic Medicine     Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Optometry Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Pre-Clinical Nutrition Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Osteopathic Medicine     Public Health
Pre-Dental Hygiene Pre-Physician Assistant     Pre-Radiography  


Additional eligibility criteria include:
  • ACT score of 22 or SAT score of 1020 (Critical Reading + Math sections) or above
  • High School GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Dual enrollment GPA of 3.2 or higher, if applicable
  • Reside in the Lucille Clement Residence Hall
  • Students must register for and attend Preview; register at New Student Orientation or online.

How can I apply?

Apply online


Download application

Submit paper application

by email:
by fax: (423) 439-4840
by mail: Office of Medical Professions Advisement

East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70592
Johnson City, TN 37614


Students applying to the Pre-Health Living Learning Community must also submit an ETSU Housing Application.

 Follow up with the PHLLC Program Coordinator at with any questions about the program.

How will I know if I have been accepted?

Students are encouraged to apply to the PHLLC early, as applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students who have applied to the PHLLC and meet eligibility and acceptance criteria will receive an acceptance letter from the Office of Medical Professions Advisement. The acceptance letter will include an official acceptance form. The student must formally accept admission into the PHLLC by paying the program fee and returning the acceptance form to the Office of Medical Professions Advisement by mail or in person. Once the program fee has been paid, the student will receive additional information regarding special Move-In Day activities and room and roommate assignment information.

Why do our current members enjoy being part of the PHLLC?

"I wanted to meet people who care and have the same focus in the future as I do and to make friends to help me along the way."

"I wanted to meet people with the same aspirations as me and I wanted to be around people that would have the same study habits/work load as me."

"I refuse to be anything less than the best candidate for Medical School."

"I enjoy being in an intellectually challenging environment, and because I wanted to collaborate with like-minded people."

"I thought it would be a great opportunity to reside in a place where there are a lot of other people with similar interests that are striving toward like goals."

History and Mission of the PHLLC

The Medical Professions Advisement Program, Department of Housing and Residence Life, College of Nursing, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Honors College, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Quillen College of Medicine, and the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University have formed a partnership to create the Pre-Health Living Learning Community (PHLLC).  

To provide a supportive and interactive living-learning environment for students interested in pursuing careers in health-related fields.