Admissions Information

Admissions Information

Physical Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Admissions Information

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program curriculum at Midlands Technical College is offered in a one plus one format which allows the student to complete the general education courses (Phase I) in a flexible format.  During Phase I, the student can complete general education requirements needed for the associate degree, the observation requirements, and all necessary documentation required prior to acceptance to the technical portion (Phase II) of the degree.

 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  1. Admissions to Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant Certificate (Phase I)

  2. You may be accepted into Phase I by completing # 1 and # 2 OR by completing #3.

    I.                   Admissions to Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant Certificate (Phase I)

       1.         Standardized admissions test:

                  a)         HOBET V (Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test)

                              Composite - 60%, Math 68%, Reading 70 %, Science 47%

                              OR

                   b)         SAT Composite 910 minimum, Critical Reading 430, Math 440

                              OR

                   c)         ACT 20 (minimum English 18, Reading 21, Math 22, Science 24

                              OR

                    d)         Completion of MTC Pre-Health Care certificate with GPA of 2.5 with a C or                              higher in each course.

                               AND

                2.         Writing Sample of 30 or completion of ENG 100.

                              OR

                3.         Associate degree or higher.

     IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS YOU WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE PRE-HEALTH CARE CERTIFICATE RATHER THAN THE PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE.

     All students must qualify and be admitted to Phase I before applying to Phase II.  We cannot accurately predict a waiting list due to multiple eligibility requirements for interview.

     

    Admission to the Associate Degree Physical Therapist Assistant-Phase II
  3. (Phase II = Technical/Professional portion of PTA Program)
    1. Completion of Phase I courses with cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, by the end of Fall or Spring semester of the year prior to entry into Phase II. Please use the calculator below to determine your GPA in Phase I courses.
      http://www.midlandstech.edu/edu/sds/pre_pta_gpaCalculator/PrePTAgpaCalc.htm
    2. Completion of 20 hours of observations, submission of evaluation forms, and student impression paper. (10 hours in an acute care setting, 10 hours in an alternate setting)
    3. Submission of Phase II Application form, with required documents by designated date.
    4. Successful interview with the Physical Therapist Assistant Admissions Committee.
    5. Merit Interview  If qualified for merit interview, you will be placed higher on interview eligibility list.
  1. Dating System for Interview Eligibility - Phase II
  2. ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN THE EVENT OF A WAITING LIST FOR PHASE II.
    1. Completion of I.1. and I.2. or I.3. constitutes a date which is the academic qualification for the program, (example: HOBET date of 7/31/14 and writing sample of 30 on 6/21/14 means academic qualification is reached 7/31/14), or date of acceptance to Phase I, if student has prior degree).
    2. The date observation forms and impression paper are received in the PTA program office is the date given for completion of the requirement, not the date students actually observed unless the documentation is hand delivered to the program the same day observations are completed.  Observations can be turned in as soon as completed, as completion date contributes to interview eligibility.
    3. All Phase I courses must be completed to achieve interview eligibility.
    4. The latest date for completion of all required elements is used for placement on the interview eligibility list (IEL).
    5. Maximum of twelve of the top qualified students who have applied for merit admission will be placed at the top of the IEL each year.
    6. If you decide to pursue another degree here at MTC while waiting to come into Phase II, remember to keep your PTH6 minor when you process your change of major/change of technology. Failure to keep PTA as a minor results in your removal from the IEL.
    7. Students who have completed all requirements to qualify for an interview must reapply each year using the Phase II Application form, to be considered for admission to Phase II.
  1. Interview/Phase II Deferral and Alternates.
    1. The IEL date qualifies a student for Phase II and an interview. All Phase I coursework must be satisfactorily completed according to Health Sciences policies and procedures with a cumulative GPA of 2.75. The student should finish Phase I courses by the end of the Fall or Spring semester to qualify for an interview.
    2. Qualified students will receive an invitation for an interview as part of the admissions process for Phase II of the PTA Program. Students who are interviewed should be prepared for a professional interview. Some of the qualities the Admissions Committee assesses are the student’s suitability for the profession, communication skills, composure and personal presentation.
    3. Students who are accepted into Phase II will receive a letter from Admissions stating the scheduled entry date.
    4. If students are unable to come into Phase II as scheduled there is one (1) deferral allowed. Should the student be unable to enter Phase II the next year they may be placed at the bottom of the IEL in existence at the time of the 2nd deferral. Being placed at the bottom of this list is not automatic. It is accomplished by written request to the admissions office, from the student.
    5. Early entry into Phase II is possible and follows IEL dating. As vacancies become available in a given class, the students at the top of the next class are given an opportunity to enter Phase II early. A student is not required to come in early, yet may be given the opportunity according to changes occurring in the original class assignments.

Revised August 2014