Physical Therapist Assistant: Admissions
Program Entrance Requirements
The physical therapist assistant program is a limited entry program. Admission to Cal U does not guarantee formal admission to the technical phase of the physical therapist assistant program. The following steps must be followed for admission to the pre-technical phase (Pre-PTA status) of the physical therapist assistant program:
Step 1: Apply to California University of Pennsylvania for admission into Pre-PTA.
Step 2: Submit completed medical information form to the University.
Step 3: Sit for University placement tests.
Step 4: If necessary, complete all developmental courses with a grade of C or better.
(Note: If you need to complete developmental courses, you may be delayed in entry into the pre-technical phase of the program.)
Step 5: Admission granted to the pre-technical phase of the physical therapist assistant program.
Step 6: Meet with an adviser.
Step 7: Complete fall semester courses in pre-technical phase.
Formal admission into the technical phase of the physical therapist assistant program occurs at the completion of the fall semester. This admission is very competitive, as only 26 students will be admitted into the technical phase, which will commence with the subsequent spring term. You may meet all of the admissions criteria and not be formally admitted into the technical phase due to program size limitations. A maximum of 26 students will be selected based upon the physical therapist assistant program score sheet, which assigns a score to each student based upon the following criteria:
- 2.75 is the minimum admitting grade point average (GPA) for the pre-technical phase courses
- Final grade in Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant (2.00 minimum)
- Final grade in Basic Physical Therapy Procedures(2.00 minimum)
- Final grade in Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3.00 minimum)
- Personal interview with two to three members of the PTA advisory committee
Additionally, once a student is formally admitted into the technical phase of the program, the student must provide evidence of all of the following:
- Verification of current CPR certification
- Verification of Act 33 (Pennsylvania child abuse history), Act 34 (Pennsylvania State Police criminal record), and Act 114 (FBI) clearances
- Evidence of physical and emotional health as indicated by submission of a University medical information form completed by a licensed physician including current immunization records for DTP, MMR I, MMR II, tetanus and a two-step tuberculin skin test (PPD by mantoux method)
- Hepatitis B vaccine series (3 doses) is strongly recommended to meet the possible clinical internship site requirements
If you meet the minimum requirements but are not ranked in the top 26, you will be placed on a waiting list. You will be informed of your admissions status within 30 days of the completion of the fall semester courses in the pre-technical phase; however, partially due to the grade requirement, you may not know your status until final grades are submitted by faculty.
All students who are formally admitted to the physical therapist assistant program must provide evidence of student membership in the American Physical Therapy Association and professional liability insurance prior to receiving a clinical assignment.