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Admission Requirements

The applicant MUST meet the following criteria to be eligible for admission to the Associate in Applied Science (Physical Therapist Assistant) program:

1. ACT Composite Score
A. Enhanced ACT (taken after September 1989) composite score of 19 required - no points given.
B. Original ACT (taken prior to September 1989) composite score of 16 required - no points given.
C. The minimum ACT composite score is not required for applicants who have earned a prior degree; however applicants may elect to take the ACT in order to earn points.
D. Points will be given for ACT Composite Scores above 19 Enhanced or above 16 Original as follows:
Enhanced ACT            Original ACT                Points
20-22                            17-21                        5
23-25                            22-24                        10
26 or above                   25 or above               15

2. Grade point average:
A. A retention grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (C) or above on academic work completed is required.
B. All courses required for the PTA program must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”.
C. Points will be given for GPA (college courses or high school) using the following guidelines:
12 hours college credit or more attempted - use retention college GPA (high school transcript not required – submit college transcripts)
11 hours college credit or fewer - use high school GPA (submit high school transcript)

                            College GPA            H.S. GPA
Retention GPA        Points                                 Points
2.50 - 2.74                5                                        4
2.75 - 2.99                10                                        8
3.00 - 3.24                15                                        12
3.25 - 3.49                20                                        16
3.50 - 3.74                25                                        20
3.75 - 4.00                30                                        24

Note: Grades earned in zero level courses are not included in calculating the retention GPA nor are they included in the 12 hours of college credit.

3. Required College Hours Completed
Applicant may earn one (1) point for each required general education credit hour completed. Only general education credit hours required for completion of the Associate in Applied Science (Physical Therapist Assistant) program will be counted. 23 points possible
4. Prior Degrees Earned
A. The minimum ACT Composite score is required for applicants who have earned a prior degree.
B. Points will be given for prior degrees as follows:
Associate's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 points
Bachelor's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 points
Master's or higher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 points

5. Clinical Observation Preference Points: (Optional)
Clinical Observation: Five (5) preference points will be awarded to applicants who successfully complete a total of at least 16 hours of clinical observation in at least 2
different physical therapy settings in at least 2 separate Physical Therapy clinics
(example: hospital - 8 hours and outpatient - 8 hours) All observations must be done
under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant, no
exceptions. All documented hours must be submitted on the form provided by the CASC
Department of Physical Therapist Assistant Education in the application packet. Copies of this form may be duplicated as needed.

6. Earned College Courses: (Optional)

Applicant will earn points for all courses listed as Earned College Hours. The following performance based scale is applied to all courses used for the application process. A = 4 / B = 3 / C = 2. Courses are only scored if complete and graded on official transcript prior to February 1st Application Deadline. These courses are NOT required prior to application.

ENGL 1113- English Comp 1
ENGL 1213- English Comp 2
ZOO 2124- Anatomy
ZOO 2114- Physiology
HIST 1483 or 1493 - American History
POS 1113 American Federal Government
PSY 1113 Intro to Psychology
Math 1513 – College Algebra  
AHS 1113 – Medical Terminology  
Zoology 1114 – General Zoology  
Chemistry 1115 – General Chemistry I

7. Reading Scores: (no points given)
A. A 12th grade reading level is required.
B. Applicants whose “Original ACT” combined Social Studies and Natural Sciences subtest scores are less than 28 will be required to take the COMPASS Test for Reading and achieve a minimum score of 81.
C. Applicants whose “Enhanced ACT” Reading subtest score is less than 19 will be required to take the COMPASS Test for Reading and Achieve a minimum score of 81.
8. Math Competency
A. ACT Math Subtest Score of 19 required
B. Applicants who’s ACT Math subtest score is less than 19 may meet this requirement
by having completed Math 0123 – Intermediate Algebra or Math 1513 – College
Algebra with a minimum grade of “C”.
9. All science courses required by the physical therapist assistant program must have been completed within the last five (5) years prior to the student's admission into the physical therapist assistant program. A grade of “C” or better must be made in the science courses. Courses to which this policy applies are:
Zoology 2124 Human Anatomy
Zoology 2114 Human Physiology

10. Summation of admission requirements
Admission to the AAS PTA Education program is very competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance.
Applicants are scored on a number of objective criteria. The criteria include:
a. ACT Composite Score;
b. Retention GPA (≥12 college hours/college GPA) (<11 college hours/HS GPA);
c. Completed general education courses that are required for the AAS PTA degree;
d. Supplemental courses completed;
e. Completion of a prior degree from an accredited college or university;
f. Completion of observation hours.
Selection of applicant is based on TOTAL POINT SCORE
Note: It is requested that applicants pick up application packets in person so that specific information may be verified. If the applicant cannot come to the campus to pick up a packet, one will be mailed upon telephone request by the applicant. Please do not ask family members or friends to pick up an application packet for you.
Forms and information included in the application packet MAY NOT be copied without written permission from the Health Sciences Division.

Applicants who submit an application after February 1st, may be considered IF the admission quota is not met. Late applicants will be considered prior to classes starting in the fall semester on a space available basis.