JOHNSON CITY – Physical therapy graduates
at East Tennessee State University lead all public
universities in Tennessee with the highest pass
rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).
This data was released by the Federation of State
Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), which maintains
this rigorous exam used to evaluate the readiness
of graduates to assume clinical practice.
During the period between 2002-2004, ETSU boasted
a pass rate of 98 percent, which was higher than
any other physical therapy program at state
institutions across Tennessee. Only Belmont
University, a private liberal arts college in
Nashville, had a slightly higher score.
“It’s a credit to our faculty and
preceptors and this university to enjoy such a high
pass rate,” said Dr. David Arnall, chair of
ETSU’s physical therapy department.
“Clearly, our graduates are receiving a
top-notch education and are well prepared to sit
for the national exam.”
More than 20 students graduate annually from
ETSU’s physical therapy program, which is now
being taught at the doctoral level.
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