Admissions Tips

Admission


  • The application deadline is not a suggestion! Applications are date stamped when they are received in the School of Graduate Studies and that’s the date we use to determine whether an application was received on time.
  • Submit your application materials well in advance of the application deadline.
  • Make sure you request transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions you have attended. (ETSU students do not have to submit ETSU transcripts – we can verify those on-line;  however if you also attended other schools, even though those courses may show up as transfer courses on your ETSU transcript, the Graduate School must have an original transcript from those institutions).
  • Use the check-list that is part of the Graduate School application. Submit all application materials to the Graduate School, NOT to the Physical Therapy Department.
  • Please submit only the items required by the Graduate School or the Physical Therapy department.
  • Submission of more than three (3) recommendations will not help your application. Please submit only three (3), at least one of which must be from a licensed physical therapist (and should be a PT under whose supervision you did observation, volunteer, or paid work). Recommendations should be academic or work related, therefore the persons you ask to do recommendations should have direct personal knowledge of your academic or work abilities.
  • When in doubt about prerequisite courses, ASK! Each PT program has its own set of admission and prerequisite course requirements. Courses accepted by one program may not be accepted by another, so verify course acceptance with the Admissions Coordinator.
  • Admission and eligibility requirements apply to all applicants.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the requirements. Applicants who do not meet admission/eligibility requirements will not be considered for the program.

Interviewing Tips

  • If you need overnight accommodations, a list of local hotels is available: http://www.tnvacation.com/east/northeast/ (if you mention you are interviewing for graduate school at ETSU, you MAY be given a discounted rate, depending on the hotel and room availability)
  • What to wear at the interview : You want to make a good impression (at least we're assuming you do!), so dress accordingly. Dress professionally

    For men that means at least nice pants and a shirt and tie. This time of year it does get hot in Johnson City, so you may be overly warm in a jacket or suit outside, but a sports coat is always nice.

    For women, a nice pants and shirt/sweater or professional looking skirt/top is fine. Please do not wear low-slung or overly baggy pants, mid-riff baring tops, tank/tube tops, flip flops or anything else that would be inappropriate to wear in the clinic.

    You want us to remember YOU, not what you were wearing. (And we've had interviewees who we remembered because they were dressed inappropriately, so it does happen!)
  • Parking at the VA on a Saturday is not a problem, however, make sure you allow time to find the building and to get inside. Don’t rush in right before your interview time. We have current PT students available to talk to before and after the interview so you won’t just be sitting around.
  • You’ll be asked to bring a resume to the interview. Even if you submitted a resume with your application, bring an updated one.