PTA Program Specific Information
- The PTA program utilizes a competitive selection process to enter students into the PTA technical courses. As part of the competitive selection process, a transcript review occurs annually to determine who will be offered enrollment into the PTA technical courses the following fall term.
- Due to the competitive selection process, entry into PTA technical courses is not guaranteed.
- While a student is working toward entry into the PTA technical courses, it is recommended to complete any required general education courses and plan for the financial and time obligations that are associated with completion of the program.
- Upon completion of the PTA program curriculum, the student is awarded the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
- Graduates of the PTA program are eligible to site for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) national licensure exam.
- Once enrolled in the program:
- Students must have reliable transportation to accommodate any required travel during clinical rotation (up to 75 miles from available housing).
- Students must complete two clinical education experiences (1 inpatient, 1 outpatient). Each clinical is 7 ½ weeks in length.
- Clinicals are scheduled 40 hours per week during the last eight weeks of the third and fourth semesters of the program. Students are expected to work the same schedule as their clinical instructor.
- Students must attend a mandatory Program Orientation.
- Students must complete all health requirements.
- Students must complete a background check.
- Students must demonstrate proof of personal health insurance.
- All coursework must be passed with a C or better to remain in the program.
- Students must purchase a membership to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
- The grading scale for PTA limited enrollment/restricted courses is as follows:
- A = 93 - 100%
- B = 85 - 92%
- C = 77 - 84%
- D = 70 – 76%
- F = <70%
Requirements to Start and Remain in PTA Technical Courses
- Students must be at least 18 years of age by initiation of PTA technical courses
- Prior to initiating Fall coursework students are required to complete:
- To remain in PTA technical courses students are required to complete/update the following:
- Physical with health professional’s signature verifying student’s ability to perform Essential Functions of a PTA (PDF 2nd Year)
- 2-Step Mantoux (or Quantiferon Gold) or chest x-ray (1st and 2nd year)
- MMR titer, demonstrating immunity, or appropriate boosters (1st year)
- Up-to-date Td or TDap immunization (1st year and as needed based on expiration)
- HepB vaccine
- 1st step: Fall of 1st year
- 2nd and 3rd steps: Prior to Fall of 2nd year
- Varicella titer (1st year)
- BCI&I and FBI Background Check with BCI & FBI Fingerprinting Verification Form (1st and 2nd year). See Health Science Division Background Check Policy for more information.
- Proof of health insurance
- Students must purchase a student membership to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Students who do not submit these forms by the due date will not be able to start and/or remain in the technical courses of the PTA Program. Exceptions may be made under extenuating circumstances, subject to review by the PTA program director and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE). Any request for an exception must be communicated to the ACCE well in advance of the due date.
Health Sciences students may be required to meet health requirements, including immunizations and COVID 19 vaccination, to meet the conditions of health care facilities where students attend clinical courses, other requirements of their respective health care disciplines, or federal, state, or local government.
PTA Program Estimated Costs
*All requirements are subject to change and all costs are approximate
- Tuition Cost and Fee Schedule: Varies
- Textbooks/supplies: $1500
- Lab course fees: $540
- Health requirements: Varies based on insurance and provider
- Background check: $65
- Other clinic-related costs (i.e. drug screen, additional records and/or background checks): Varies
- Licensure exam and associated costs: $785
- Jurisprudence exam: $120
- Other (i.e. transportation, clinical attire, child/elder care): Varies
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) membership: $90