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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 other than minor traffic violations 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 FunctionsApplications 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 2017-18

Information sessions will be held throughout the year (please see the dates below for 2016-2017) 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 2017 - 2018:

August 9, 2017 6:00 p.m. Mineral Wells Campus (ECMW),
Room 104
September 11, 2017 4:00 p.m. Main Campus in the Library,
FDR Room
November 29, 2017 12:00 p.m. Mineral Wells Campus (ECMW),
Room 104
January 10, 2018 12:00 p.m. Mineral Wells Campus (ECMW),
Room 104
February 6, 2017 6:00 p.m. Main Campus in the Library,
 FDR Room

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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.

Apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program by the first business day in March, which includes:

  • Submission of the following to the PTA Program Director or Karen Wells at the Mineral Wells Education Center (application materials can be mailed).
  • Complete Allied Health Application including a valid email address (form is included in the packet).
  • Complete the HSRT-AD test (Health Science Reasoning Test for Associate Degree), which is a test of reasoning and critical thinking.  It is not a test of academic skills. The test must be taken at Weatherford College. Call one of the following locations to schedule your test: Weatherford 817-598-6383 or 817-598-6439; Wise County 940-626-3247. The cost of the test is $25.00 (checks are not accepted). It is a timed exam that takes 50 minutes. You many only take the exam one time a year. (If you were a previous applicant and took the TEAS test you are still required to take the HSRT-AD test).
  • 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 references (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).
  • A signed Financial Aid information form (included in the application packet.

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UPDATE: The TEAS V-AH test is no longer available. The test has been changed and is now called TEAS. If you took the TEAS V-AH prior to August 31, 2016, the scores are no longer valid and we cannot accept them. All applicants for the Fall 2017 class need to take the "TEAS" test. You may take the TEAS test at any ATI testing center. To schedule the TEAS at Weatherford College, call one of the following locations:  Weatherford: 817-598-6383 or 817-598-6439; Wise county: 940-626-3247. The cost of the TEAS test is $70.00 (checks are not accepted).

  • 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 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 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 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:

  • Admission Exam Score (HSRT-AD)
  • 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
Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT-AD) 25%
Interview 25%
Grades in Anatomy & Physiology 20%
Number of General Education Courses Completed (including A & P) 10%
Proctored Writing Sample 10%
References 5%
Experience in PT (Completion of observation hours) 5%
TOTAL 100%

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