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The Physical Therapist Assistant 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 should contact the program director as this may prevent an individual from becoming licensed by the state. To be successful in the PTA Program, students must have the ability to perform essential functions, which are necessary for delivery of physical therapy services in a safe, ethical, legal manner. Select this link to read through these Essential Functions

The application requirements and packet are updated and reposted in
June of each year. New application packets are current June 15th.

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 2020-21New application packets for the next academic year are posted in June.

Information sessions will be held on Zoom throughout the year (please see the dates below for 2020-2021) that will cover basic information about the program and the application process. While these sessions are not mandatory, they are very helpful to attend. Please contact Rebecca Fryer at rfryer@wc.edu to reserve a seat in an information session. Provide a phone number and an email address. Once you have a reservation, you will be emailed a link to join a zoom session. The information sessions will be held the second Tuesday of the month from August through February.

Dates for 2020-21 Information Sessions / Weatherford College Main Campus:
* Second Tuesday of every month - on Zoom *

August 11, 2020 4:00 p.m.  /  Zoom session
September 8, 2020 6:00 p.m.  /  Zoom session
October 13, 2020 4:00 p.m.  /  Zoom session
November 10, 2020 6:00 p.m.  /  Zoom session
December 8, 2020 4:00 p.m.  /  Zoom session
January 12, 2021 6:00 p.m.  /  Zoom session
February 9, 2021 4:00 p.m.  /  Zoom session

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PLEASE NOTE:

  • To be considered for admission, all application materials must be complete and received by the deadline of the first business day in March. All application requirements and forms are located in the Application Packet that can be downloaded and printed out for completion. Read the instructions carefully and thoroughly. 
  • Submit your completed packet to Becky Fryer, in the I.B. Hand (Business) Building, Office 210. Application materials can be mailed but must still reach the office my March 1st so please allow time and mail early if mailing. The mailing address is available in the packet. Completed application packets must be received in the PTA office by 4:00 pm on the first day in March.  
  • 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 CastleBranch and EXXAT and costs approximately $105.00; which includes a urine drug screen is approximately $45.00. For additional program cost estimates please click on the “Program Cost” tab located on the top of this page.

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 Health Science 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: 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
Health Education Systems, Inc. Test (HESI A2) Score 25%
Interview 25%
Grades in Anatomy & Physiology 25%
Number of General Education Courses Completed (including A & P) 15%
Proctored Writing Sample 10%
TOTAL 100%

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