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.


After December 1, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Admissions Committee will review all completed applications. The PTA Program Admissions Committee will review these applications and make the first round of decisions based on this pool.  Applicants receiving the highest scores based on the committee’s rubric will be offered positions in the next available class until the class is full. 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.

In order to hold the position, a $200 non-refundable confirmation fee is required. The remaining qualified applicants will be placed on a Wait List and a position will be held for them with the submission of a confirmation fee. The non- refundable confirmation fee will be applied to the student’s tuition and fees once the student matriculates into the University. Additional qualified students not accepted into the class will be placed on a Wait List.

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

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.