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Medical Professions Advisement

Center for Advisement and Student Excellence

Pre-Health Living-Learning Community


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  • PHLLC students in fall, winter, and spring
  • PHLLC students competing for the House Cup
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Why join the Pre-Health Living-Learning Community (PHLLC)?

The PHLLC is a community for our strongest, most committed students pursuing careers in health care, whether in medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, dental hygiene, or any other of the many health professions programs offered at ETSU.

The PHLLC allows budding health professionals to grow by encouraging personal and intellectual development. The PHLLC offers opportunities to develop as a whole person--academically, socially, culturally, and professionally--through social gatherings, study groups, tutoring sessions, group group enrollment in selected health discipline prerequisite courses, and residential life with like-minded individuals. The PHLLC also offers special volunteer opportunities and experiences that help students cultivate a set of cultural competencies needed to work within the interdisciplinary health care team.

Who is eligible to join the PHLLC?

Applications are available to students who enter ETSU as first-time freshmen and enroll in one of the following health professions programs:

Pre-Allopathic Medicine Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Podiatry
Pre-Audiology Pre-Optometry Public Health
Pre-Chiropractic Medicine Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Pre-Radiologic Science
Pre-Nutrition Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Cardiopulmonary Science
Pre-Dental Hygiene Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Speech-Language Pathology
Pre-Dentistry Pre-Physician Assistant Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • ACT score of 22 or SAT score of 1020 (Critical Reading + Math sections) or higher
  • High School GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Exemption from university learning support requirements

Students in the PHLLC are required to:

  • move to campus the week before classes start for PHLLC Orientation and Training
  • register for and attend Preview, which takes place the weekend before classes begin
  • live in the PHLLC section of Lucille Clement Hall with a PHLLC roommate for at least the first 2 years at ETSU
  • take designated pre-health courses as a group with other PHLLC members
  • attend regular hall meetings and participate in community service and professional development activities throughout the academic year
  • maintain a minimum 3.3 grade point average


link to online application

Students applying to the Pre-Health Living Learning Community must also submit an ETSU Housing Application.
Follow up with the PHLLC Program Coordinator at with any questions about the program.

How will I know if I have been accepted?

Students are encouraged to apply to the PHLLC early, as applicants are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students who have applied to the PHLLC and meet eligibility and acceptance criteria will receive an acceptance letter from the Office of Medical Professions Advisement. The acceptance letter will include an official acceptance form. The student must formally accept admission into the PHLLC by paying the program fee and returning the acceptance form to the Office of Medical Professions Advisement by mail or in person. Once the program fee has been paid, the student will receive additional information regarding special Move-In Day activities and room and roommate assignment information.

Why do our current members enjoy being part of the PHLLC?

"I wanted to meet people who care and have the same focus in the future as I do and to make friends to help me along the way."

"I wanted to meet people with the same aspirations as me and I wanted to be around people that would have the same study habits/work load as me."

"I refuse to be anything less than the best candidate for Medical School."

"I enjoy being in an intellectually challenging environment, and because I wanted to collaborate with like-minded people."

"I thought it would be a great opportunity to reside in a place where there are a lot of other people with similar interests that are striving toward like goals."

History and Mission of the PHLLC

The Medical Professions Advisement Program, Department of Housing and Residence Life, College of Nursing, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Honors College, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Quillen College of Medicine, and the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University have formed a partnership to create the Pre-Health Living Learning Community (PHLLC).


To provide a supportive and interactive living-learning environment for students interested in pursuing careers in health-related fields.

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