Entry-Level for Doctor of Physical Therapy

Eligibility Requirements  
Prerequisite Courses and ETSU Courses That Meet Pre-Requisites
Essential Functions & Technical Standards

Application Information

The physical therapy program is selective and admits up to 36 students to begin matriculation in the spring semester (January) of each year. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their application and supporting materials are complete by the application deadline date. All application materials must be received by the School of Graduate Studies by July 1. 


The Department of Physical Therapy at ETSU will participate in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS, beginning in July 2014. Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program for the January 2016 entering class will apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, visitwww.ptcas.org . Students must also apply to the ETSU School of Graduate Studies at  http://www.etsu.edu/gradstud/applynow.aspx 

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 early decision.  The application deadline for the January 2016 entry level DPT class is May 1, 2015. Applications are available from the School of Graduate Studies office on the ETSU campus (3rd floor of Dossett Hall),by   , or on-line at: ETSU School of Graduate Studies - Admission & Tuition .

Interviews are held in the Physical Therapy department on the first Saturday of August each year.

Observation Hours/Clinical Experience

There is no specific number of clinical hours required, however, each applicant for the entry-level DPT program is expected to have thoroughly investigated the scope and profession of physical therapy. Applicants' understanding of the profession will be considered in their essay (part of the School of Graduate Studies application) and interview. 

While there is no specific form required to document time in physical therapy settings, we highly recommend that applicants keep track of their hours/locations in some format. Applicants selected for an interview will be asked to submit a resume and this information should be included in the resume.

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