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Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

The following admission criteria must be met before an application will be considered. Applicants should understand that the selection process is competitive and that satisfying these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

The PTA program admits one class of 24 students per year that begins each fall semester (mid-August). The deadline to apply is June 1st of the year you wish to enter the professional phase. The professional phase is completed over 4 semesters (16 months) with the student graduating the following fall semester.

The deadline (June 1) occurs during the SUMMER semester prior to the FALL semester start date. If a student is enrolled in courses that will complete all requirements during the Summer Semester of the June 1 deadline, the student may submit the application with those required courses still in progress.

To be considered for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the applicant must:

  1. Be admitted to Darton State College (DSC).

    If you are not already a Darton State College (DSC) student, the first step is to apply to the College.
    You may apply on-line at

    • A $20 application fee is required at the time you apply to Darton State College.
    • Do not send the DSC application or required $20 fee to the PTA Program. The two application processes are separate and no additional fee is required when submitting the PTA Program application.
    • Official transcripts must be sent to the Darton State College Admission’s Office and must be received by the June 1 deadline.
  2. Complete the PTA program application with the following requirements met.

    1. Must complete a minimum of 40 observational hours of experience in one or more physical therapy settings.
      • The hours must be documented and verified/signed by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
      • You may submit any documentation form from the facility or utilize the Observational Hours Form located within the application packet.
    2. At least one recommendation form must be completed by a PT or PTA. The required Recommendation Form is located within the application packet and may be photocopied for additional recommendations.
    3. Submission of HOBET V official scores (information will be posted to website by late October)
    4. Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (for all coursework attempted), or you may substitute the cumulative GPA by calculating only the last 40 credit hours completed.
    5. Prerequisite coursework is required and must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (no grade below a “C” is acceptable).
    Prerequisite Coursework 27 Hrs
    ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
    MATH 1111 College Algebra or higher MATH 3
    BIOL 2111K Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
    BIOL 2112K Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
    BIOL 2115K Essentials of Microbiology 4
    PSYC 2103 Human Growth & Development 3
    POLS 1101 American Government 3
    Area C Must choose Humanities elective from the following courses: ART 1100, FIAR 2250, FREN 1002 or higher, JAPN 1002 or higher, MUSC 1100, PHIL 2205, SPAN 1002 or higher or THEA 1100.
    If you have taken ENGL 1102, you may also choose to meet the requirement by taking a literature course (ENGL 2111, 2112, 2121, 2122, 2131, 2132)
  3. Submit the PTA application by the June 1 deadline.

    The student must complete a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all application material has been completed as directed and submitted by the deadline.

    • Must include verification of a minimum of 40 observational hours.
    • Must include at least one Recommendation Form completed by a PT or PTA.
    • Must include a hand written essay explaining why you have chosen PTA as a career. (no required length for the essay)
    • Must include a completed Prerequisite G.P.A. Form & Cumulative G.P.A. Form. The forms are located within the application packet.

Selection Process

The PTA Selection Committee reviews and scores each application. Applications will be ranked and the top 40 applicants will be sent an invitation for a personal interview by the 3rd week of June. Scoring is based on the following criteria: grade point averages (both Cumulative and Prerequisite GPA), the number of hours observed in one or more physical therapy settings, the hand written essay, the personal interview, appropriate recommendation/s received, and the HOBET V exam score.

After completion of interviews, the top 24 applicants will be selected. Correspondence of acceptance or regret will be made through email and should be received no later than the 3rd week of July. Darton State College PTA program does not utilize a waiting list and those denied acceptance must reapply the following year.

Additional Requirements

In addition to specific academic requirements, candidates for admission to the PTA program must have aptitude, abilities, and skills in the following five areas in order to meet the full requirements of the program.

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Responsible Department: Health Sciences - Physical Therapist Assistant
Program Contact: Kerri Johnson, PT, DPT
Content Contact: Anthony Williams (web representative)
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