Dean’s Message


  Welcome to the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences!

We are excited that you are visiting our website. The college offers some of the fastest growing and highest demand health-related programs in the therapeutic and rehabilitative sciences. Our programs have an established, long history of providing allied health professionals of "choice" to the region, state, and national health care workforce.

The College's academic programs include undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in dental hygiene and allied health sciences with concentrations in allied health leadership, cardiopulmonary science (respiratory therapy), nutrition, and radiography. The graduate-level programs offered include a Master of Science degree in Allied Health Leadership, Clinical Nutrition and Speech Language Pathology; and Doctoral level programs in Audiology and Physical Therapy.

Located in the beautiful mountains of Northeast Tennessee, our students and faculty are actively engaged in academic, research, and community service projects that make an immediate impact on the quality of health care in our region. In the college's short history, our high quality academic programs have brought a national reputation to the University. The doctoral program in audiology was recently noted as the 7th best program in the nation. Likewise, the cardiopulmonary science (respiratory therapy) program received the national program of the year award in 2007. Similar high academic standards and outcomes can be found in each of the academic programs offered by the college.

You will find our national and internationally renowned faculty to be highly focused on student success. The faculty are dedicated to bringing real life experiences into the classroom and clinical setting to enhance the learning outcomes of the students. To that end and in collaboration with the College of Nursing, our faculty and students deliver interprofessional health care to the citizens of this region in a new ETSU state-of-the-art community health center.

We are very proud of our students and the opportunities they have to positively impact the future of health care. All of our graduates continue to exceed the national average on their respective professional licensure examinations. Although most of our graduates elect to remain and practice in Tennessee, those who choose to leave have found success across the country in major healthcare facilities. We invite you to take a closer look at the academic programs detailed on this website. Each program site has the admission requirements, selection process, and, should you need further information, contact information for program representatives.

Best Wishes in Your Academic Career,

Don Samples, Dean