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Procedure for Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Students intending to enter the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) 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 the technical phase of in the PTA program. Students may transfer prerequisite courses into the program before entering the technical phase if approved by the Program Director and the registrar.

Transfer credit will not be accepted for courses in the South University PTA Technical Phase Curriculum.

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

All applicants to the South University PTA program must submit standardized test scores from the SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer (Note: Accuplacer scores expire after five (5) years). Students must meet the requirements for general admission to the University which includes minimum combined and component ACT scores or SAT scores; or minimum Accuplacer scores for Reading, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic portions of the test. Applicants who require developmental coursework in English (ENG0099) based upon scores of the standardized tests will not be permitted to enroll in the PTA program even if they have taken coursework at another institution. Applicants who take, or have taken, standardized entrance tests at a site outside of South University must provide official test scores to the South University campus to which they are applying.

All applicants must satisfy technical standards for the PTA program in order to be admitted. Students who attempt to transfer into the South University PTA 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. 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 PTA program if they meet all requirements as stated in the PTA Program Change Policy. Students requiring developmental course work in algebra (MAT0099) will be eligible for transfer to the program. Applicants must satisfy technical standards for the PTA program in order to be admitted.

Admission Requirements for the Technical Phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Students must apply for admission into the technical phase of the PTA program.

Students must submit a complete application and meet all admission requirements as stated below to enter the ranking process. The technical phase slots will be filled by students with the greatest academic potential for success as determined by the ranking process. Students with the highest numerical ranking will be admitted to the technical phase of the program.

  1. Application must be submitted seven (7) weeks before the start of the technical phase of the program.
  2. Applicants must meet the Essential Functions and Technical Standards (listed in the application for admission and the program student handbook) of 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 any of the following disqualifying misdemeanors: 1) rape or sexual abuse or 2) molestation, abuse, endangerment, or neglect of a child, disabled person, or elderly person. The student is responsible for completing the background check at his/her own cost using the agency identified by the PTA Program Director. The student must meet timelines and requirements as detailed in the application packet.
  4. Drug test - The student is responsible for completing a drug test at his/her own cost using the agency identified by the PTA Program Director. The student must meet timelines and requirements as detailed in the application packet.
  5. Students must complete an American Heart Association BLS CPR certification course (or equivalent) and provide a copy of a valid card at the time of application. The card must remain valid throughout all clinical rotations
  6. Students must complete a health screening (physical exam showing medical clearance and proof of required immunity) before participating in the ranking process.
  7. Applicants must complete 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. The completed form must be submitted at the time of application.
  8. Ranking will be based upon:
    1. Cumulative GPA in required prerequisite coursework.
    2. Science GPA (required to score a B or higher in these courses; science coursework will not be accepted if greater than 7 years old).
      1. AHS1001 Medical Terminology
      2. BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I
      3. BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
      4. BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II
      5. BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
    3. ATI TEAS - A total score at or above the national mean is preferred. A total score below the national mean will result in a lower ranking score for this component. Scores will not be accepted if greater than 5 years old.
    4. Repeating a course to achieve a higher grade is associate with penalty point deductions from the ranking score.
  9. Students must achieve a 2.85 CGPA or greater in prerequisite coursework. All prerequisite coursework must be successfully completed prior to entry into the Technical Phase of the PTA Program.
  10. The number of students entering the technical phase will be determined by the Campus Director/President in conjunction with the PTA Program Director and the ACCE/DCE.
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