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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 2019-20New application packets for the next academic year are posted in June.

Information sessions will be held throughout the year (please see the dates below) that will cover basic information about the program and the application process. New dates for the next academic year will be posted in June. Please email Cindy Lavine, PTA Program Director, at clavine@wc.edu or Rebecca Fryer at rfryer@wc.edu. You may also contact the PTA department by phone 817-598-6348. Family and friends are welcome to attend these sessions as well.

Dates for 2019-20 Information Sessions / Weatherford College Main Campus:
* Second Tuesday of every month - in LART room 113 *

August 13, 2019 4:00 p.m. / LART 113
September 10, 2019 6:00 p.m. / LART 113
October 8, 2019 4:00 p.m. / LART 113
November 12, 2019 6:00 p.m. / LART 113
December 10, 2019 4:00 p.m. / LART 113
January 14, 2020 6:00 p.m. / LART 113
February 11, 2020 4:00 p.m. / LART 113

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Application requirements include the following and must be submitted by the first business day in March:

  • 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 Cindy Lavine, the PTA Program Director or Rebecca Fryer, Secretary, in the Business building, Office 210 (application materials can be mailed) on the Weatherford College campus.
  • Complete Allied Health Application including a valid email address (form is included in the packet).
  • Complete the HESI test (Health Education Systems, Inc (HESI) A2 Admissions Assessment. The HESI A2 may be taken at the testing center on the Weatherford College Main Campus located in the Jack Knight Building. To schedule the HESI A2 at Weatherford College, call 817-598-6383 or 817-598-6439. The cost of the test is $55.00 (checks are not accepted). We require the five sections of the test to be successfully completed: Reading, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Grammar, Math, and Anatomy & Physiology.  
  • 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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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 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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