- I know that the PTA program is very competitive in its admissions. What can I do to increase my chances of being accepted into the program?
The PTA information pack notes that a "C" or better is required for all pre-requisite courses. The reality is that most students who are accepted into the program have much higher grades. To give yourself the best possible chance of being accepted into the program, you should do as well as possible academically. The admissions committee looks equally at your interview, so you should hone your interview skills. The Physical Therapy field requires academically strong caring professionals who are self-directed and adaptable.
- Is there a part time or night time PTA program?
Some of your pre-requisites may be taken on line or at night but once you are accepted into the PTA's second year, all the classes are during the day, Monday – Friday. There is not a part time program offered at this time.
- May I apply to the program while I am taking the last of my pre-requisites?
Yes, if all of your pre-requisites will be finished at the end of the semester in which you are applying.
- AHC 101 and/or PTA 110 are full and I need them in order to apply for the program, will you accept overfills or permit extra students?
Unfortunately, these classes fill quickly and extra students cannot be accommodated. You can check online to see if anyone drops during the registration period or the week before class begins.
- I am transferring with all of my pre-requisites met but I am unable to register for AHC 101 and/or PTA 110 because they are always filled. What can I do?
Classes usually fill during early registration reserved for currently enrolled active students. In order to qualify for that early registration period you can enroll as a Volunteer State student and take an elective or any online course in order to be considered a current active student.
- I currently have a Bachelor's degree in science; must I still take the PTA 110 Physics class?
Yes, every student applying to the PTA program, regardless of their previous course work, must take AHC 101 and PTA 110. The only exception would be if you have 8 hours of Physics which the PTA Director has approved. If you feel your 8 hours of Physics would qualify you should e-mail your transcript along with the course description to the Director of the PTA program.
- I completed some pre-requisite classes years ago, will they still apply?
There is no age limit on classes except for the computer competency class.
- Where do I do my Physical Therapy observation required with my application?
You may contact and ask to observe at any facility that has a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.
- Will I be able to work once I have completed my pre-requisites and am accepted into the second year of the PTA program?
Because of the intensity and fast pace of the one year program, it is highly suggested that you do not attempt to work during that final year of completing the PTA program. Classes generally run from 8:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon. During the clinical rotations in the Fall and Spring, you will be in the clinic all day during the week and some rotations require working on Saturday and/or Sunday.
- What is the cost of the PTA program?
The PTA program costs the same per hour as any other class at Volunteer Sate. You should contact Admissions for exact costs of the year you would be attending.
- Are there any special health requirements necessary to enter the PTA program.
Yes, see below.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Requirements
Prior to the first day of class:
- Background check
- Drug Screen
- Hepatitis B – three doses (must have the first dose by the first day of class)
- MMR – proof of vaccine or titer
- Chicken Pox – proof of vaccine or titer
- TB test – Negative or chest x-ray (if previous positive)
- Proof of Health Insurance (copy of your Insurance card)
Prior to the first clinic rotation (early August):
- Liability Insurance
- APTA membership
- CPR training – current (will do this as a part of summer class)
- Flu shot – before fall clinic
- Drug testing before each Clinical Rotation (one in fall, two in spring)