Physical Therapist Assistant Admission Information

Contact Info

Dr. Beverly Born, Program Coordinator
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Pierpont Community & Technical College
School of Health Careers
310A Caperton Center
Clarksburg, WV 26301
Phone: 304.367.4042

Admission to the PTA program is competitive and not all who meet the minimum requirements are admitted.

Admission Requirements:
Before being considered for placement in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the applicant must:

  1. Be a graduate of an approved high school or have a GED.
  2. Have a minimum 2.0 or “C” average in high school or college course work.
  3. Have a “C” or better on the following high school or college prerequisite courses:
    a. Algebra.........High School (1 credit) or College (1 semester)
    b. Physics ........High School (1 credit) or College (1 semester)
  4. Have a score of 18 or above on the English section of the ACT (or 450 SAT verbal); OR qualify for college English by taking a placement test such as the COMPASS; OR a CREDIT in English 0097; OR a C or better in English 1104.
  5. Complete a total of 10 volunteer/observation hours divided between at least 2 physical therapy practice settings.

Only the college GPA is considered after 10 credit hours are completed and a prerequisite course taken in college replaces one taken in high school. Applicants who have not taken physics may be considered if they have credit for support courses that are part of the curriculum and can take physics in the first semester after admission.

Before You Apply:
-Make sure your cumulative GPA is at least 2.0. If it is below 2.0, your application will be rejected.
-Make sure your transcripts or academic history show that you have taken physics, and algebra (either one credit each in high school or one semester each in college. If you have not taken these courses, or you did not receive grades of C or better, your application will not be given first consideration.
-If high school grades for physics and algebra are low (below a B) you may want to take them again in college to get higher grades.
-If your ACT scores are low (below a 20) you may want to take the test again. We count the highest scores, so you won’t lose points. As long as you take the test by the end of December, we will get the scores in time.

How To Apply:
Submit a Pierpont Community & Technical College application, a PTA Program application, a $20 application fee, official high school transcripts, official ACT or SAT scores, and 2 volunteer/observation forms to Enrollment Services. Twenty students are selected each year without regard to race, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation. Contact the admissions office (304-367-4892) if you have questions about the process.

Applicants are notified by letter whether or not they are accepted. Letters are usually sent before the end of April. A new class begins each August and students cannot begin to take physical therapy (PHTA) courses until they are accepted into the program.

Selection Criteria:
A numerical score sheet is used to select 20 students for each class. Points are assigned for GPA, ACT scores, grades in algebra, physics, and non-PHTA courses that are part of the PTA curriculum. The students with the highest scores are chosen.

While You Wait
-You can take courses that are part of the curriculum, except the Physical Therapy courses.
-You can satisfy requirements for a baccalaureate degree or another associate degree. 
-You might be able to finish another degree along with the PTA degree, or at least have liberal studies requirements out of the way in case you want to get another degree later.

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