How do I get my name in the PTA database?
Complete an application to SCC and indicate PTA program as your choice of study. If you are already attending SCC, meet with an academic advisor to indicate PTA as your program of study.
How often should I contact the PTA program office?
The academic counselors or the PTA faculty are always available to meet with students to assure they have accurate information. If you have made any changes in name, address or telephone number, please notify Registration & Student Records.
When will I be admitted into the PTA program?
Once you have successfully completed the prerequisites for the program, you are eligible for an audit of your transcripts done at the end of Fall Semester, to choose the next Fall class. The audit is based on grades and points awarded for those grades or completion of general education requirements. The top 50 students (28 placed on main campus and 22 at the Courseview Campus) will be admitted starting with the highest point scores.
Do I need to provide documentation of observation hours?
Observation hours with a PT are no longer required as a prerequisite for admission. There will be required observation assignments as part of coursework accross the curriculum.
Are there other resources to help me decide if the Physical Therapy profession is right for me?
The PTA 1106 class is offered Fall and Spring Semester and is open to students trying to learn about the profession. We encourage all students to take this course and it is required as a prerequisite. You can also log on to www.apta.org for additional information about the profession.
Is there a waiting list?
We enroll a class of 28 to the main campus and 22 students to the Courseview campus Fall quarter. Students are admitted after a competitive audit of student transcripts is completed following the posting of fall semester grades.
If I plan to become a Physical Therapist, is starting with an Associates Degree the place to begin?
The answer to this question depends on individual goals and academic ability. Please research the profession at www.apta.org and make an appointment to discuss your career choices with a faculty member in the program. The PT degree is currently a three year post graduate degree, once a Bachelor's degree is completed, leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). You can click on the question above to be taken to the APTA.org website.
Important Information about Life and Health Sciences Programs: The Life and Health Sciences (LHS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each LHS program's webpage.