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Physical Therapist Assistant Application Requirements

The PTA Program begins every year in August and is a two-year continuous program requiring daytime attendance. All prospective students are required to meet the admission criteria and should be free of illegal drug use. Any applicant that has been convicted of any crime other than minor traffic violations should contact the program director as this may prevent an individual from becoming licensed by the state. Applications for admission will be accepted beginning the first business day in December and continuing through the first business day of March each year. Application Packets with instructions may be downloaded here: PTA APPLICATION PACKET

Information sessions will be held throughout the year (please see the dates below for 2015-2016) that will cover basic information about the program and the application process. Please email Karen Wells kwells@wc.edu or Cindy Lavine clavine@wc.edu or call (817) 598-8873 sign up to attend an information session. The information sessions will be held in the Education Center in Mineral Wells, room 103/104. Family and friends are welcome to attend these sessions as well.

Dates for Information Sessions for 2015/2016:

August 4, 2015 4:00 p.m.
September 14, 2015 6:00 p.m.
November 6, 2015 12:00 p.m.
January 19, 2016 11:00 a.m.
February 4, 2016 6:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application requirements include the following:

  • General admission to the college (online via ApplyTexas at www.applytexas.org).
  • Including successful completion of or exemption from the Texas Success Initiative.
  • Submission of the following to the PTA Program Director or Karen Wells at the Mineral Wells Education Center (application materials can be mailed):
    • Completed Allied Health Application (form is included in the packet).
    • TEAS V- AH admission exam scores (register for online exam at the Testing Center 817-598-6383 or 817-598-6439; cost is $70.00.
    • Forty (40) hours of observation, volunteer or paid experience in physical therapy under a licensed PT or PTA. These hours must be in 2 different settings (20 hours in each setting). Settings include acute care, outpatient, rehab, skilled nursing, home health, pediatrics, sports medicine, etc. (Forms to document the hours are included Application Packet).
    • Three personal reference forms (forms in Application Packet).
    • Copies of transcripts from all colleges attended (student copies are acceptable).
    • Proof of at least the first Hepatitis B vaccine (three dose series) or a positive Hepatitis B titer.
    • A signed Essentials Functions form (included in the application packet).

PLEASE NOTE:

  • To be considered for admission, all application materials must be complete and received by the deadline of the first business day in April.
  • Anatomy and Physiology must have been taken within five years prior to program admission. A petition to waive this currency may be granted to healthcare workers licensed and practicing full time in a related field. Please contact the Program Director to get more information.
  • General education courses must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”

Once Selected for Admission, the Student Must Meet the Following Requirements:

  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Obtain a TB screen test, required immunization and/or titers, remaining Hepatitis B vaccine, medical clearance for participation and pass a 10-panel urine drug screen.
  • Submit proof of major medical health insurance.
  • Obtain American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification (maintained throughout program).

Information and specifics on completing the above requirements will be made available to the student upon acceptance into the program. Start-up costs for immunizations, titers, CPR, medical clearance, urine drug screen, background check and health insurance vary but could run as much as $400. Criminal background check is approximately and documentation for immunizations is done using Certified Background and costs $109.00; urine drug screen is approximately $45.00. For additional program cost estimates please see the Program Cost Page located on the right side of this web site.

English Proficiency Requirement: Before being accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program an applicant who’s native language* is not English must submit an acceptable score on the TOEFL-iBT. Additional information may be obtained from the Allied Health Department or PTA Program. *A native language is a language that is acquired naturally during childhood and is usually spoken at home, as opposed to a language that is learned later in life; for example, as a part of a person’s formal education.

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Acceptance into the Program

Those students who have successfully completed the application procedure and have met all deadlines will be considered for admission. Acceptance into the program is determined by a point system based on:

  • Admission Exam Score (TEAS-V-AH)
  • Academic Record
    - Grade points earned in the general education classes required for admission
    - Anatomy and Physiology grades
  • Interview
  • Completed Reference Forms (forms included in packet)
  • Writing Sample
  • Observation Hours

Not all applicants will progress to the interview stage of the process; the top 30 - 40, based on point totals prior to the interview, are selected for an interview. Upon completion of the interview and writing sample, acceptance is determined by total numbers of points; the top 20* applicants will be accepted. The relative weighting of points for each component of the process can be found in the following chart. *Number of applicants accepted is subject to change.

Component Percentage
Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS Test V – AH) 30%
Number of General Education Courses required for program 10%
Grades in Anatomy & Physiology 15%
Reference Letters 5%
Proctored Writing Sample 10%
Interview 25%
Experience in PT (completion of observation hours) 5%
TOTAL 100%

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