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Department of Physical Therapy

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

Advanced Standing

We accept applications for the DPT with advanced standing (also referred to as a "transitional DPT") from qualified, licensed Physical Therapists.

Tuition and fees for the DPT with advanced standing are based on the current fees for graduate students.

NOTE: Currently the DPT (AS) is available as an on-site program. We make an effort to offer the courses in concentrated blocks, including evenings and weekends, however, we are unable to guarantee this will happen each semester.

 

Admissions

In addition to meeting all the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, applicants applying for advanced standing in the DPT program must meet the following Physical Therapy department admission requirements:

  1. Graduation from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program (or equivalent);

  2. Active state physical therapist license with no current sanctions;

  3. Completion of the ETSU Physical Therapy Department Application Form for Advanced Standing (click  to request the application form);

  4. Three letters of recommendation (1 from current or most recent supervisor, 2 from licensed physical therapists, submitted on the forms provided in the ETSU Graduate Application Bulletin);

  5. Submission of GRE scores if the overall GPA in previous coursework for the physical therapy degree is less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Applications for advanced standing will be reviewed on a continuous basis, however, due to the time intensive nature of the individualized review of applications for advanced standing, we strongly encourage submission of application materials well in advance of the semester for which you are applying. Applicants for advanced standing may not be admitted for the semester for which they applied if completed applications are not received in time for review

Curriculum

Students accepted for advanced standing in the DPT program will take courses based on their previous physical therapy coursework.

BSPT program graduates

Graduates of East Tennessee State University's BSPT program who qualify for admission to the DPT with advanced standing will take the following courses (at a minimum):

Course #
Title
Credit hrs
Semester offered
PHYT 6452
Clinical Correlates I
1
Spring
PHYT  6462
Scientific Inquiry for PTs
1
Spring
PHYT 7717
Current Trends in PT
1
Spring
PHYT  7764
Case Study in PT
1
Spring
PHYT  7706
Pharmacology II for PT
1
Spring
PHYT  6261
Intro to the Research Process
1
Intersession
PHYT  7882
Teaching & Learning for PT
1
Intersession
PHYT  7855
Lifespan Dev. for PT
1
Intersession
PHYT  6554
Clinical Correlates II
1
Summer
PHYT  7883
PT Management & leadership
1
Summer
PHYT  7856
Health & Wellness in PT
1
Summer
PHYT  7857
Differential Dx for PT
1
Summer
PHYT  7807
Imaging Studies for PT
1
Summer
PHYT  7976
Internship III/Advanced coursework*
1
Arranged
PHYT  6663
Human Research in PT
1
Fall


Additional course requirements for advanced standing students will be evaluated on an individual basis, according to the level and amount of their prior coursework.  The faculty will determine advanced standing students’ individual programs of study. 

Minimum Hours:
Didactic Hours: 21-30
Clinical Ed.:      6-15
TOTAL:              36

* Students admitted with advanced standing who have documentation of six hundred (600)hours or more of direct patient clinical practice experience within two years prior to enrollment in ETSU DPT program, may opt to take nine (9) semester credit hours of advanced coursework in lieu of nine (9) semester credit hours of Clinical Internship III. 

MPT program graduates

Graduates of East Tennessee State University's MPT program who qualify for admission to the DPT with advanced standing will take the following courses (at a minimum):

Course #
Title
Credit hrs
Semester offered
PHYT  7764
Case Study in PT
1
Spring
PHYT  7706
Pharmacology II for PT
1
Spring
PHYT 7882
Teaching & Learning for PT
1
Intersession
PHYT 7855
Lifespan Dev. for PT
1
Intersession
PHYT 7883
PT Management & leadership
1
Summer
PHYT 7856
Health & Wellness in PT
1
Summer
PHYT 7857
Differential Dx for PT
1
Summer
PHYT 7807
Imaging Studies for PT
1
Summer
PHYT 7976
Internship III/Advanced coursework*
1
Arranged
PHYT 6663
Human Research in PT
1
Fall

Additional course requirements for advanced standing students will be evaluated on an individual basis, according to the level and amount of their prior coursework.  The faculty will determine advanced standing students’ individual programs of study. 

Minimum Hours:
Didactic:    16-25
Clin. Ed.:     6-15
TOTAL:        31

*Students admitted with advanced standing who have documentation of six hundred (600)hours or more of direct patient clinical practice experience within two years prior to enrollment in ETSU DPT program, may opt to take nine (9) semester credit hours of advanced coursework in lieu of nine (9) semester credit hours of Clinical Internship III. 

Graduates of PT programs other than ETSU

Graduates of physical therapy programs other than ETSU who qualify for admission to the DPT with advanced standing will take the following courses (at a minimum):

Course #
Title
Credit hrs
Semester offered
PHYT7764
Case Study in PT
1
Spring
PHYT 6462
Pharmacology II for PT
1
Spring
PHYT7717
Teaching & Learning for PT
1
Intersession
PHYT 7855
Lifespan Dev. for PT
1
Intersession
PHYT 7883
PT Management & leadership
1
Summer
PHYT 7856
Health & Wellness in PT
1
Summer
PHYT  7857
Differential Dx for PT
1
Summer
PHYT 7807
Imaging Studies for PT
1
Summer
PHYT  7976
Internship III/Advanced coursework*
1
Arranged
PHYT  6663
Human Research in PT
1
Fall

Additional course requirements for advanced standing students will be evaluated on an individual basis, according to the level and amount of their prior coursework.  The faculty will determine advanced standing students’ individual programs of study.

Minimum Hours:
Didactic:    16-25
Clin. Ed.:     6-15
TOTAL:        31

Maximum Hours:
Didactic:    45-54
Clin. Ed.:     6-15
TOTAL:        60

* Students admitted with advanced standing who have documentation of six hundred (600) hours or more of direct patient clinical practice experience within two years prior to enrollment in the ETSU DPT program may opt to take nine (9) semester credit hours of advanced coursework in lieu of nine (9) semester credit hours of Clinical Internship III. 



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