Physical Therapist Assistant Application Process
- Applicants must be enrolled in Austin Community College. Click here for more information. Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program.
- The Physical Therapist Assistant program is open to all students. A health science background is not required to apply.
- Applicants must meet the Technical Standards required by the program.
New students are accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program in the Fall.
Applications are accepted from September 1 to May 10. Applications must be physically received by the close of business on May 10. If May 10 falls on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the next regular business day.
Use the following steps as a checklist before you continue to the next section “How to Apply.”
Health Sciences Admission
- Applicants must meet the requirements outlined in the “Eligibility” section above.
- Complete the program-required immunizations and retain a copy of your immunization form.
- Complete the mandatory online Physical Therapist Assistant Information Session. Print and keep a copy of the confirmation email. A face-to-face session is recommended in addition to the online information session.
- Obtain official transcripts for coursework taken at any schools other than ACC.
Prerequisites and Co-requisites
- Complete the following prerequisite courses with grades of “C” or better. Applicants must meet a 2.8 GPA minimum in both prerequisites and co-requisites if any co-requisites have been completed. See Step 3 for more information regarding co-requisite courses.
- ENGL 1301: English Composition I
- HPRS 1106: Essentials of Medical Terminology
- MATH 1314: College Algebra or MATH 1342: Elementary Statistics (Any college-level math from the Core Curriculum can be submitted for this requirement.)
- PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology
- BIOL 2404: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
- BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 can both be used to substitute for BIOL 2404.
- The Anatomy and Physiology requirement must be completed within seven years of the application date.
- For students with both A&P I and II credits, A&P II will be used to determine the seven years rule.
- PTHA 1409: Introduction to Physical Therapy
- PTHA 1409 must be taken within 3 years of the application date.
- Refer to the PTHA 1409 information page for information on the petition process, course substitutions, and other info for this course.
- Students taking prerequisite courses (including PTHA 1409: Introduction to Physical Therapy) in the Spring semester are eligible to submit an application that same semester. The Spring semester is the latest semester any prerequisite can be completed for consideration in that application cycle. Include a note with your application that courses are in progress. For courses not taken at ACC, a transcript is required for your application to be processed.
- Students need to complete three additional co-requisites courses. While it is not necessary to complete them before applying, they must be completed in order to graduate. Completion of these courses before admission correlates to a higher success rate in the program. Students are advised to complete all co-requisite courses before applying to the program. Completed co-requisites are eligible for bonus points to the applicant’s ranking score (see bonus points in FAQ), as well as calculated in the GPA.
- SPCH 1318: Interpersonal Communication or SPCH 1311: Introduction to Speech for Healthcare Professionals (SPCH 1315: Public Speaking or SPCH 1321: Business and Professional Communication can also be substituted for this requirement.)
- PSYCH 2314: Human Growth and Development (Any transferred psychology lifespan course can be substituted for this requirement if course objectives indicate the course covers birth to death.)
- PHIL 2306: Ethics (Any course from the Language, Philosophy & Culture section of the Core Curriculum list can be substituted for this requirement.)
Testing & Documents
- Must have a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer experience within five years of the application date at one facility. PT aids or technicians may count employment hours for this requirement. Applicants must keep track of hours on the Volunteer Log found on the program website. UPDATE: Please read revisions to the expiration date for the volunteer hours, changed from 2 years to 5 years from application date. For the Spring 2020 application cycle, the program will accept the number of volunteers hours completed as of March 17, 2020. For students that have zero volunteer hours, this requirement will be waived for this application cycle only.
- Complete three Work Skills Assessment forms.
- One form must be completed by the licensed PT or PTA that supervised the volunteer experience.
- Two forms must be completed by both ACC PTA faculty members in your PTHA 1409 lab section.
- If a transfer equivalent for PTHA 1409 from another school was approved, two PTA faculty members from that school must fill out the forms. Contact the Department Chair if there are any issues securing these forms.
- The Work Skills Assessment forms must be completed on the form found above. They must be sealed and signed across the seal by the individual completing it.
- UPDATE: For students that have zero volunteer hours completed as of March 17, 2020, it is not necessary to have a Work Skills Assessment form completed by a licensed PT or PTA. Students still need the Work Skills Assessment form completed by the respective 1409 lab faculty. See next bullet.
- Complete the essay located on the last page of the PTA program application. All essays are de-identified and graded by the full-time faculty. The maximum score on an essay is an 80.
- Take the ATI TEAS (Allied Health) before applying to the program. There is no expiration date for the TEAS score until ATI releases a new version of the TEAS. At this point, all applicants to the PTA Program must have a score report for the newest version. This is true regardless of how recent the older version was taken. Ample notice of upcoming changes will be provided to students on the PTA website and on the Health Sciences website. There is no cutoff score or minimum requirement on the TEAS. The composite score will be used for ranking purposes and cannot be substituted with a score for an individual component of the exam. UPDATE: Please read revisions to the expiration date for the TEAS test for the PTA Program. Listed below are resources to aid in preparing for the ATI TEAS:
- During the application period (see “Deadline” above), go to the CastleBranch website and click the link “Place Order.”
- Enter UL64im in the “Package Code” field. After entering your personal information, the system will prompt you to upload your 1-page immunization form for each of the four required immunizations. The cost to set up the account is $30.
- Next input code UL81im in the “Package Code” field. The system will prompt you to upload the following application documents:
- Documents are approved when you receive a green check next to the requirement. All items must be approved in CastleBranch before your application will be accepted.
- After completing the steps above for CastleBranch (green checks = clearance), download and complete the Physical Therapist Assistant program application:
- Applications will not be accepted in person until further notice. Follow the instructions on this page to submit your application remotely.
- Academic GPA of prerequisites and completed co-requisites: 40%
- ATI TEAS composite score: 40%
- Essay: 15%
- Work skills assessments: 5%
- Bonus points are given for completion of any co-requisites, please refer to the Physical Therapist Assistant FAQ page for details
Application status letters are mailed via USPS by the second week of June.
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Physical Therapist Assistant Updates
The PTA Program Application Period for 2020 Is Now Closed
The application period for Fall 2021 will begin in September 2020. Please check the Application Process page for updates that may affect your application.Read more
PTA Program Application Status
All acceptance and alternate letters were sent to applicants via USPS on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. If you do not receive a letter in a few days, please email the Department Chair. You can submit an application for the 2021 application cycle starting September 1, 2020 through the deadline date of May 10, 2021. Any revisions or updates to the application process for next year will be posted on the PTA website.Read more
Anatomy and Physiology I Assessment Testing Suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 Registration Only
Due to COVID-19, and in response to ACC campuses limiting access to essential personnel only, the A&P I Assessment Test has been suspended for the remainder of this testing period and the Fall testing period. Students will not need permission to register for BIOL 2401 for Summer '20 and Fall '20 registration periods ONLY.Read more