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Department of Physical Therapy

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

Welcome To The Department of Physical Therapy

PT students practicing on each other

We will support your success and help reach your highest potential!

Graduation begins today!

Join us to celebrate the Department of Physical Therapy's 20th Anniversary!

Celebrating 20 Years 1996 - 2016The first ETSU physical therapy students arrived on the Veteran’s Administration Campus in January 1996. Two years later they graduated with bachelor of science degrees in physical therapy. Since Dr. Duane Williams, Founding Chair, and his faculty colleagues launched the ETSU  Department of Physical Therapy that year,  the program has grown in size and elevated the degrees that are offered in physical therapy. Twenty years later, we now graduate students with the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree and have almost 500 alumni!

The ETSU Department of Physical Therapy and the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences invites alumni, clinical instructors and friends for an evening of celebration and learning about how we are moving toward the next 20 years! A very special dinner, awards, and speakers will kick-off our new PT Alumni Association.

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PT Day of Service 2016ETSU Department of Physical Therapy Day-of-Service (PTDOS)
is a day created to unite the profession of physical therapy in acts of service; it aims to transform society by inspiring the profession to become more engaged in their communities.

We, as ETSU DPT students, are hosting a food drive through Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and second annual Zombie Survival 5K Run.


The Department of Physical Therapy at ETSU is now participating in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, visit Students must also apply to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies at

Applications to both PTCAS and the ETSU School of Graduate Studies must be completed by May 1. Any completed applications received by January 15 will be considered for admission to the Physical Therapy program before the standard interview period that takes place in late summer.  This early interview process is called early decision. The application deadline  is May 1st.

Important Public Notice : To see student outcomes concerned with graduation rates, National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) pass rates, and employment rates of our DPT students, please click here


SACS logoEast Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact SACS by mail at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500, or visit their website: with any questions regarding the accreditation of East Tennessee State University.

The Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program at East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission On Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: .


The ETSU physical therapist education program was initially accredited by CAPTE in 1997, and has been continuously accredited since that time. The program was initially accredited as a bachelors degree and is now accredited as a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree program. In addition to the DPT degree, the Department of Physical Therapy offers the Transitional (post-professional) DPT in an online format; CAPTE does not accredit transitional  DPT programs.


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