Revised PTA Application Process



Effective April 7, 2020, the following changes have been made to the PTA Program Application Process:

Deadline

The PTA Program application deadline has not been pushed back. Your application packet must be received by May 10, 2020.

TEAS Test Update

Due to testing center closures, the TEAS test application requirement will be waived for the May 10, 2020 application cycle. This is a temporary exception for this year only due to the uncertainty of normal operations of the testing center due to COVID-19.

Volunteer Hours

Due to the inaccessibility of physical therapy facilities, the volunteer hours has been modified slightly. Please submit any hours you have completed as of March 17, 2020. If you do not have any, fill out a volunteer form with a statement that you were unable to do any volunteer/observation hours. Anywhere on the form will be fine. Submit this to CastleBranch.

Work Skills Assessment Forms

Everyone will submit the two forms from the instructors in your PTHA 1409 lab section. The third form from a clinician has been waived. If you were able to receive a third one from a clinician, leave it sealed and do not lose it. You will be asked for it at a later time or you will have it for the next application cycle in case you are not admitted into the program this year.

Admission Criteria

Here is the formula we will use to rank applicants for this 2020 application cycle only. As previously stated, the TEAS test has been waived for this year only.

  1.  GPA #1 = 60% (English I, Math, Introduction to A&P (or A&P 1 and 2), and Introduction to
    Physical Therapy)
  2. GPA #2 = 20% (Medical Terminology, Introduction to Psychology, Speech, Human Growth and
    Development, and Ethics [or other suitable course for substitution])
  3. Essay =15%
  4. Work Skills Assessment Forms = 5%

Bonus points will be awarded as always. See FAQ for the bonus point system.

Transcripts

Transcripts are still required. For this application cycle, you will need to open the envelopes and scan the transcripts. Include all the pages.

Application Form

This will also be scanned and emailed. Please send all these forms (Work Skills Assessment Forms, Transcripts, and the Application Form) in one email with the subject line: PTA Application Forms to healthsciences@austincc.edu.

Please see this link for detailed instructions on how to submit your application.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Updates

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • PTA Program Statement on “Pass” and “No Pass”

    If a "P" grade is chosen for a Spring 2020 prerequisite course, the “P” grade will not be calculated in determining the GPA for ranking purposes and could impact your total ranking. For questions regarding choosing a "P" versus a performance grade (A, B, C) please contact Administrative Assistant Stephanie Thayer at stephanie.thayer@austincc.edu.

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