Physical Therapist Assistant Program Information
Special Admission Requirement
- Program admission is selective and requires submission of a complete application file that includes a college application, Request for Evaluation form, high school transcripts or GED record, college transcripts (if applicable), Observation Hour Verification Form, evidence of high school or college algebra with a “C” grade or better, evidence of high school or college chemistry or biology or physics with a “C” grade or better, and ACT or SAT scores. It is highly recommended that interested students meet with an Advisor in the Office of Student Development to find out about all documents required as well as specific admission criteria for the program.
- Students who have not taken either ACT or SAT tests should contact their high school counselor or the Owens Community College Office of Student Development to obtain registration materials. Applicants must complete 40 hours of work/observation in at least two separate physical therapy settings under direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. Observation forms are available through the Office of Student Development or on the Owens PTA website www.owens.edu/academic_dept/health_tech/pta/index.html. Specific instructions are outlined on the forms. The observation hours need to be completed prior to application for admission to the program.
- Applicants who have not met the academic admission requirements for entrance into the five-semester PTA program at Owens Community College may take developmental and arts and sciences coursework. A pre-PTA student may take any of the required Arts and Sciences courses prior to program acceptance.
- The program accepts a maximum of 26 students once each year for Fall Semester. The deadline for program application is during the first week of February of the year the student would like to start the program.
- All students entering or enrolled in the PTA Program must achieve a grade of “C” or better. Students failing to maintain this average or who earn a “D” or “F” in a PTA course will be dismissed from the program and may be readmitted only one time on a space available basis.
A student may be readmitted for academic reasons only once. Readmission will be determined on a space available basis. A student requesting readmission after dismissal/ withdrawal for academic reasons must complete the following:
a. Contact an advisor who will assist the student in the development of a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems. The plan must include provisions to retake all courses in which the student received a “D” or “F” grade with the goal of receiving a “C” grade or better upon repeating each course. The academic plan must be approved by the Department Chair and Dean.
b. Notify the Department Chair in writing of the student’s intention to return to the PTA Program at least 75 days prior to the start of the semester.
c. Demonstrate proficiency in written and/or lab examinations with a “C” or higher average
Students who complete at least one full semester of the PTA program may request readmission after withdrawal for non-academic reasons. If only one semester lapses, the student may re-enter if all requirements for class and clinical participation have been met. Intention needs to be expressed two weeks prior to readmission. If more than one semester lapses, the student must complete the following:
a. Attend all appointments suggested by the Department Chair.
b. Notify the Department Chair in writing of the student’s intention to return to the PTA program at least 75 days prior to the start of the semester if only absent more than one semester.
c. Demonstrate proficiency in written and/or lab/examinations with a “C” or higher if absent more than one semester.
d. Complete all course work within five years of program admittance.
The University of Toledo offers a graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy program. A prospective student must have a bachelor’s degree in order to apply. There are two different types of Doctor of Physical Therapy programs offered by the University of Findlay: the Traditional Program (3 plus 3) and the Weekend College program. For more information please contact admissions counselors at these universities.