Admissions Process

You can apply for the Physical Therapist Assistant program online. In addition to the application, you are also required to write a directed essay and submit two letters of reference. Applicants may submit an observation form for three or more observation experiences. For more information about applying to the University of Saint Francis or being admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant program, please contact the Office of Admissions.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program sequence begins every fall. If you have previous college experience, you may be able to attend part time, based on your prior general education credits. You can also choose to spread your course load over three years, completing many of your general education courses before enrolling in the four-semester sequence of Physical Therapist Assistant courses.


Applications to the PTA Program are reviewed on a regular basis and during the fall and spring semesters, the PTA Admissions Committee meets at least twice per month.

A rubric for scoring each application is used and scored and 0 to 3 points are awarded in the following categories:

High School GPA (0, 1, 2)
Aptitude test scores (SAT, ACT or PSB) (0, 1, 2)
Non-USF college GPA (unless there is USF GPA) (0, 1, 2)
USF GPA (0, 1, 2, 3)
College degree (0, 1, 2)
Directed essay (0, 1, 2)
Professional references (from an employer, teacher, pastor, or other professional) (0, 1, 2)

Up to two additional points may be awarded in the following categories based on the rubric in these

  1. Significant improvement in GPA
  2. Consistently high grades in math and science
  3. Significant experience/exposure in physical therapy other than employment, as a patient or related to class work (3 or more documented experiences)
  4. Certification in a health or health care field
  5. Military service with honorable discharge

Applicants who score 8 or more points are accepted into the program and placed into the next available class. Following acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, an applicant will be advised that, in order to secure and retain the position offered in the PTA class, no further required general education courses may be taken elsewhere prior to enrollment at the University of Saint Francis.

If positions become available in an earlier class, applicants are offered a position in an earlier class. After March 1 each year, if a position becomes available in the PTA class which matriculates the following August, only applicants enrolled as USF students in the spring semester will be offered the position.