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Department of Physical Therapy

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

Welcome To The Department of Physical Therapy

Class of 2020 PT Month 2018



October is


Physical Therapy


This October, APTA will carry on raising awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain conditions via its award-winning #ChoosePT campaign.




We invite you to tour our newly renovated space and join us in celebrating National PT Month at our open house events!

Upcoming Events

Trot or TreatOctober 25 at 5:00 - ETSU PT Open House Co-Hosted by Tri Cities District TPTA, Building 2, ETSU/VA Campus, 2nd Floor

5:00 - 6:00 Tours and Treats!
6:00 - Program with Local Legislators and PT Leaders

October 27 - Fun Run to Support Marquette Challenge / PT Foundation

We invite you to dress up and come out to race in celebration of Halloween! (There will be candy given out during the run!) Proceeds will benefit Marquette Challenge. Click here for more information and to register on Eventbrite. Click here to follow event on Facebook.

November 14, 3:00 - 5:00 - ETSU PT New Floor Ribbon Cutting & Open House, Building 2, ETSU/VA Campus, 2nd Floor 


Tri-Cities PT Pub Night
When - Third Thursday of the Month @ 5:30 (Trivia starting at 7pm)
Where - JRH Brewery - 458 West Walnut St., JC, TN
As part of a national movement to improve the physical therapy profession, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, physical therapist students & physical therapist assistant students will gather once a month to promote the profession and facilitate relationships. Don’t drink, no problem. Our gracious hosts at JRH have arranged for a local food truck to be available, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.For additional information please visit the website:


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 by early decision process for admission to the Physical Therapy program before the standard interview period that takes place in late summer.  The final application deadline to be considered for admission to the program is May 1. Once the PTCAS application is complete, the only additional information required by the ETSU school of Graduate Studies is the application form (with fee) and to release your GRE scores to ETSU. The school code to release your scores to ETSU is 1198.

Program Outcomes

To view the ETSU Doctor of Physical Therapy Program graduation rates, National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) pass rate and graduate employment rates - please click here.


SACS logoEast Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, or, for questions about 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.

ETSU PT Career Opportunities

Employers can post and ETSU PT Students and Alumni can find PT jobs on ETSU's online job board called Handshake. Click here to login or create an account.

Handshake allows Students, Alumni, & Employers to:

  • Search/Post Jobs, Internships, and Events!
  • Upload Resumes, CV’s, Transcripts, & More!
  • Explore Different Companies and Career Paths!
  • Schedule Appointments for Resume Reviews, Interview Skills, and More!

Issues or Concerns? Contact University Career Services for assistance with job-related inquiries.

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