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Admissions Process

Students intending to enter the Physical Therapist Assistant program will be admitted to South University as candidates for the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Only after completing prerequisite coursework and achieving the requirements outlined below will students be admitted into advanced standing in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Students may transfer prerequisite courses into the program before entering advanced standing if approved by the program director and the registrar. Transfer credit will not be accepted for courses in the South University Physical Therapist Assistant Technical Phase Curriculum.

Note: This does not apply to South University Physical Therapist Assistant students (in good standing) transferring between campuses.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 in all mandatory prerequisite courses.
  2. Minimum grade of B in Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II, lecture and laboratory. Students may retake courses in order to achieve the minimum required grade of B.
  3. Minimum of 25 hours of observation, volunteer, or employment in at least one physical therapy clinic, attested to by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant on program provided form.
  4. Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR (two-year certification).

All applicants to South University Physical Therapist Assistant program must submit standardized test scores using Accuplacer, SAT or ACT. Students who do not achieve the minimum entrance score defined by South University for general admission for each respective test will not be accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Standardized test scores (Accuplacer) must not be older than five (5) years. Applicants who take, or have taken, standardized entrance tests at a site outside of South University campuses, must provide official test scores to the South University campus to which they are applying.

All applicants must satisfy technical standards for the Physical Therapist Assistant program in order to be admitted. Students who attempt to transfer into the South University Physical Therapist Assistant program must submit, in addition to the standard application for admission, official scores from acceptable standardized tests (SAT or ACT) or take the university’s Accuplacer entrance test. Applicants who require developmental coursework (in English) based upon scores of the standardized tests will not be permitted to enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant program even if they have taken coursework at another institution. The coursework that is transferred to South University must permit the student to obtain a 2.85 CGPA by the time the student applies for admission into the PTA technical phase. Students who transfer coursework into South University, but cannot mathematically attain a CGPA of 2.85 by the time they would enter the technical phase, will not be admitted to the PTA program.

Students from South University who are in another major will be permitted to transfer into the general education phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program if they achieve satisfactory scores on the Accuplacer, SAT or ACT for general admission at the time of original enrollment. Applicants must satisfy technical standards for the Physical Therapist Assistant program in order to be admitted.

ADMISSION TO THE TECHNICAL PHASE

Students must apply for admission into the technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

  1. Application must be submitted seven (7) weeks before the start of the technical phase quarter.
  2. Applicants must satisfy technical standards for the program in order to enter the ranking process.
  3. Background check – Applicants will not be permitted to enter the ranking process if they have been convicted of a felony, or a misdemeanor that would impair the student’s ability to be placed in a clinical site and/or be eligible to take the Physical Therapist Assistant licensure exam. The student is responsible for providing the results of the background check to the campus to which the student is applying. The agency performing the background check must be acceptable to South University.
  4. Students must have completed an American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers program and have a valid card at the time of application. The card must remain valid throughout all clinical rotations.
  5. Students must have proof of appropriate immunizations before participating in the ranking process.
  6. Applicants must have completed 25 hours of observation in a physical therapy setting documented by a licensed PT or PTA on the appropriate form provided in the admissions packet.
  7. Ranking will be based upon:
    1. Cumulative GPA at the time of entry into the ranking process.
    2. Science GPA (required to score a B or higher in these courses).
      1. Medical Terminology
      2. Anatomy and Physiology I
      3. Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
      4. Anatomy and Physiology II
      5. Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
    3. TEAS V
      1. Reading
      2. Math
      3. Human Body Science
      4. Scientific Reasoning
      5. English
  8. Students must have a 2.85 CGPA or greater at the time they enter the ranking process.
  9. Repeating courses to achieve a higher grade is associated with penalty point deductions from the ranking score.
  10. Students must complete the general education phase of the program before entering the technical phase.
  11. The number of students entering the technical phase will be determined by the President in conjunction with the PTA Program Director and the ACCE/DCE.
http://www.southuniversity.edu/richmond/areas-of-study/physical-therapist-assistant/physical-therapist-assistant-associate-of-applied-science-aas/admissionsprocesspt