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.
Persons who submit completed applications for the PTA Program before December 1 improve their chances of admission into the class starting the following August. The PTA Program Admissions Committee will review all completed applications every two to three weeks during the fall and spring semesters for admission to the PTA Program. Once the class is filled, remaining qualified applicants will be offered positions on the Wait List for the PTA class that will start the August another year later. Movement of applicants from the Wait List into an earlier class may occur if positions become available. Completed applications received after December 1 will continue to be reviewed until the class and the Wait List for the following August start is filled.
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
- Significant improvement in GPA
- Consistently high grades in math and science
- Significant experience/exposure in physical therapy other than employment, as a patient or related to class work (3 or more documented experiences)
- Certification in a health or health care field
- Military service with honorable discharge
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.
Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant Status
Those applicants who are not accepted into the PTA Program may be offered a pre-PTA positon at the University. Pre-PTA students will be advised by PTA Faculty related to academic and PTA Program admissions matters and will be able to apply for admission into the PTA Program the following December for matriculation the following August.
Have Additional Questions?
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.