Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Physical Therapy Assistant Program, all application materials must be received in the Admissions Office by April 1.

  • Apply to Shawnee State University.

  • Apply to the PTA Program.

  • Submit official transcripts from high school, previous colleges, and universities.

  • Possess an overall GPA of 2.66.

  • Possess a science/math GPA of 2.66.

  • Minimum composite score on ACT of 18 or equivalent SAT. Confirmed Bachelor degree applicants do not need an ACT test.

  • Complete 800-1500 word essay stating career goals and why you are interested in becoming a PTA.

  • Perform 40 hours of job shadowing in a minimum of two different PT settings with a licensed PT or PTA (20 hours in each setting).

  • Submit at least 2 completed evaluations from licensed PT/PTA confirming job shadowing
    (Evaluation forms are in PTA application packet).

  • If selected, applicants must participate in group interview - notification of date/time will be prearranged. (Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview.)

  • If applying with less than 24 college semester credit hours, applicants must have a minimum of high school level Algebra, Biology, and Chemistry, as well as a third higher level science, i.e. Physics, Biology 2, Chemistry 2, Anatomy & Physiology, Marine Science, etc. with a grade of C or better.

  • Students applying with more than 24 college semester credit hours must have a minimum of Algebra, Biology, Chemistry at the high school level, but third science is not required as it will be taken while in the program. Must have a grade of C or better to qualify.

Deadline for submission of ALL application materials to the Admissions department is by April 1st of the preceding year.

Contact Ryan Walker, PTA Program Leader at or (740) 351-3428 for more information.

Application/Matriculation Rates

Applicants are chosen for the PTA program based on 5 criteria, and are ranked accordingly. The 5 criteria are:

  1. Overall GPA

  2. Science/Math GPA (See worksheet in the application packet)

  3. ACT (Must be taken within the last 10 years; Applicants that have a confirmed bachelor degree on their transcript do not have to repeat the ACT)

    a) Students are awarded points based on the composite score in the following manner:

    1. 18-19 = 1 point
    2. 20-22 = 2 points
    3. 23-25 = 3 points
    4. 26 or higher = 4 points

  4. Essay (Students answer the question: "Why do you want to become a Physical Therapist Assistant?"

  5. Observation hour evaluations from the PT/PTA that was observed and signed log of hours.

The PTA program typically has between 60-90 applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and the program accepts 24-26 applicants each year. Cohort size is determined by several factors including the expected availability of clinical affiliations, the quality of the applicants, and the physical space of the program.

Students that are accepted complete the program in a total of 5 semesters, or 75 weeks. The matriculation can be further broken down into an integrated general education and technical education component consisting of 58 weeks (4 semesters). As well as a clinical education component that consist of 17 weeks (One part-time 60 hour experience during the fourth semester, and 3 full-time clinical affiliations during the fifth semester (5 weeks each).

Physical Therapist Assistant

Contact Information

Physical Therapist Assistant Program
940 Second Street
Kricker Hall 101B
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Ryan Walker, Program Director
Kricker 217
(740) 351-3428

Kelley Frantz
Academic Administrative Assistant I
Kricker 101B
(740) 351-3169

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