Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Selection criteria and application process

ADVISING:
Students should meet with Sammi Eddie, PTA Program Director for advising.

You may contact her by:

Email: seddie@nwacc.edu

Phone: 479-619-4253

Appointment: Office #2037 in Center for Health Professions (please call to set up an appointment if you are traveling to the college)

PTA PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS & SELECTION CRITERIA:

Application:

Students must complete and turn in a PTA Program application. The application will be available on the PTA website in early November. You will be able to print one from the PTA website or they can be picked up in the Allied Health Department on the 2nd floor of the Center for Health Professions. Applications are due the first Monday in March in the year the student is applying; for example if you are applying for June 2015, you should submit your application in March 2015. You can be completing the last pre-requisite courses in the 2015 spring semester. So, students applying to start in June 2015 can be completing the pre-requisite courses in spring 2015.

Time line for PTA Program Application

Students are ranked based on the following Selection Criteria:

100/262 = 38.2%     PHTA 2105 Clinical Kinesiology in PT (no course substitutions for this course)

 72/262  = 27.5%     A&P I, A&P II, Medical Terminology

 60/262  = 22.9%     ENGL Comp I & II, General Psychology, Intro to Computers, College Algebra or Math for AAS

20/262  =  9.5%       Interview

10/262  =   1.9%      Observation

262/262 = 100%      Total points possible

 Observation:

As part of the application process, students will be required to attend 3 different physical therapy clinics for 3 hours each for a total of 9 hours of observation.

 ADMISSION into the PTA PROGRAM:

Acceptance into the program is made to the top ranked 14-18 applicants after receiving the spring final grades for the pre-requisite courses based on the selection criteria. The top 14-18 applicants are offered a position into the technical phase of the PTA Program which begins in June every year.

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PTA SELECTION CRITERIA:

The following outlines how the selection criteria points are calculated to rank students applying to the program:

Selection of students into the PTA Program is based on a point system (see Selection Form in PTA Application). Students with the highest total points are selected for admission. Admission criteria are as follows:

1. Grades for Prerequisites (GPA): 262 points possible

a.   100 points are possible for PHTA 2105 Clinical Kinesiology in PT

b.     72 points are possible for the combined points for pre-requisite courses:

32 from BIOL 2214 A&P I

32 from BIOL 2224 A&P II

  8 from AHSC 1001 Medical Terminology

72 points possible from science pre-requisite courses excluding PHTA 2105

Points will be awarded based on the following formula for science courses: Multiply the # of credit hours for the course by the student earned grade withan A = 4; B = 3, C = 2; then multiply that number by 2 i.e. if a student earns a B in BIOL 2214 A & P I the points earned would be calculated in the following way:  4 credit hours x 3 (B in course) = 12  x 2 = 24; the student would have earned 24 points of the possible 32. Starting with the 2015 applications, a 2 point penalty will be assessed to any prerequisite course that has been taken 3 or more times.

c.     60 points possible from other General Education Pre-requisite courses which include:

    ENGL Comp I and ENGL Comp II; General Psychology, Introduction to Computers, College Algebra or Math for AAS points will be awarded based in the following formula for other general education pre-requisite courses. Multiply the # of credit hours for the course by the earned grade (A=4, B=3, C=2) i.e. if a student earns an A in English Composition I which is a 3 credit hour class then the student would earn 12 points of the 12 possible for that course.  Starting with the 2015 applications, a 2 point penalty will be assessed to any prerequisite course that has been taken 3 or more times.

  • (if a student has work experience or another form of meeting prerequisite criteria other than a single course with an earned grade, those credit hours are not utilized in the calculation).
  • Grades less than a C are not considered as having met the prerequisite requirement.
  • If a student has repeated a class the highest earned grade is used for the calculation
  • If a student submits a course substitution and it is approved for the PTA degree plan, the grade from that course will be used in the calculation.

2. Observation: 5 total possible points

  • Essay will receive a rating using a 1 to 10 rating system according to the rubric contained in the application packet.

3. Interview:20 possible points

        All applicants will be interviewed by the PTA Selection Committee 

The points possible and then percentile toward total rank for admission Approved by Advisory Board:

Students are ranked based on the following Selection Criteria:

100/262 = 38.2%     PHTA 2105 Clinical Kinesiology in PT

 72/262  = 27.5%     A&P I, A&P II, Medical Terminology

 60/262  = 22.9%     ENGL Comp I & II, General Psychology, Intro to Computers, College Algebra or Math for AAS

20/262  =  9.5%       Interview

10/262  =   1.9%      Observation

262/262 = 100%      Total points possible

For questions/comments on this content, please contact seddie@nwacc.edu