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Residency & Fellowship Programs

Department of Physical Therapy

Residency & Fellowship Programs

Residency 2017

ETSU Physical Therapy collaborates with privately owned physical therapy practices, hospital systems and corporate health care organizations to establish physical therapy clinical residency and fellowship programs in our region. Our goals for these partnered clinical specialists training programs are to:

1) Increase access to specialized physical therapy services for the people who live and work in our predominately rural community.
2) Increase opportunities for practicing physical therapists to pursue advanced training that leads to board certification as a clinical specialist.

We currently collaborate with the James H. Quillen Veterans Hospital (Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinical Residency), Physical Therapy Services of Tennessee (Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship) and Total Motion Physical Therapy (Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship). ETSU Physical Therapy aims to continue to develop partnerships at clinical practice sites to develop additional physical therapy residency and fellowship programs in the future.

For more information about clinical residency and fellowship opportunities at ETSU, contact

Current Programs
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency
Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship*


Future Programs
Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency
Sports Physical Therapy Residency

Residency & Fellowship Accreditation

The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) is the accrediting body for physical therapy residencies and fellowships recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. The East Tennessee State University residency and fellowship programs maintain accreditation status through the ABPTRFE. The Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) does not accredit physical therapy residency and fellowship programs; CAPTE accreditation does not apply to the ETSU physical therapy residency and fellowship programs. Further information on residency and fellowship education through ABTRFE is available and program accreditation information can be found below.

Click here for a link to the quality standards put forth by ABPTRFE.

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency - Accredited through 2023

The James Quillen Veteran’s Hospital-East Tennessee State University Physical Therapy Residency is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship - Accredited through 2024

ABPTRFE has granted East Tennessee State University’s OMPT Fellowship candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program.

ABPTRFE Accreditation

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