PTA Program Specific Information


Program Overview

  • The PTA program utilizes a competitive selection process to enter students into the PTA limited enrollment/restricted courses. As part of the competitive selection process, a transcript review occurs annually to determine who will be offered enrollment into the PTA limited enrollment/restricted courses the following fall term.
  • Due to the competitive selection process, entry into PTA limited enrollment/restricted courses is not guaranteed.
  • The PTA program is offered at two campuses, the Dayton campus and the Mason campus. Due to the competitive selection process, attendance at a student’s preferred campus is not guaranteed.
  • While a student is working toward entry into the PTA limited enrollment/restricted courses, it is recommended to complete any required general education courses and plan for the financial and time obligations that are associated with completion of the program.
  • Upon completion of the PTA program curriculum, the student is awarded the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
  • Graduates of the PTA program are eligible to site for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) national licensure exam.

Program Expectations

  • Once enrolled in the program:
    • Students must attend a mandatory Program Orientation.
    • Students must complete all health requirements.
    • Students must complete a background check.
    • Students must demonstrate proof of personal health insurance.
    • All coursework must be passed with a C or better to remain in the program.
      • The grading scale for PTA limited enrollment/restricted courses is as follows:
        • A = 93 - 100%
        • B = 85 - 92%
        • C = 77 - 84%
        • D = 70 – 76%
        • F = <70%

Requirements to Start and Remain in PTA Limited Enrollment/Restricted Classes

  • Prior to initiating Fall coursework students are required to complete:
  • To remain in PTA limited enrollment/restricted courses students are required to complete/update the following:
    • Physical with health professional’s signature verifying student’s ability to perform Essential Functions of a PTA (PDF 2nd Year)
    • 2-Step Mantoux (or Quantiferon Gold) or chest x-ray (1st and 2nd year)
    • MMR titer, demonstrating immunity, or appropriate boosters (1st year)
    • Up-to-date Td or TDap immunization (1st year and as needed based on expiration)
    • HepB vaccine
      • 1st step: Fall of 1st year
      • 2nd and 3rd steps: Prior to Fall of 2nd year
    • Varicella titer (1st year)
    • BCI&I and FBI Background Check with BCI & FBI Fingerprinting Verification Form (1st and 2nd year). See Health Science Division Background Check Policy for more information.
    • Proof of health insurance

Students who do not submit these forms by the due date will not be able to start and/or remain in the limited enrollment classes of the PTA Program. Exceptions may be made under extenuating circumstances, subject to review by the PTA program director and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE). Any request for an exception must be communicated to the ACCE well in advance of the due date.

PTA Program Estimated Costs: Subject to change

  • Tuition Cost and Fee Schedule: Varies
  • Textbooks/supplies: $1500
  • Lab course fees: $540
  • Health requirements: Varies based on insurance and provider
  • Background check: $65
  • Other clinic-related costs (i.e. drug screen, additional records and/or background checks): Varies
  • Licensure exam and associated costs: $785
  • Jurisprudence exam: $120
  • Other (i.e. transportation, clinical attire, child/elder care): Varies

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