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

Meeting miminum eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Mandatory Eligibility Requirements

  • Apply to Shawnee State University.
  • Apply to the PTA Program by completing PTA program application (PDF).
  • Submit official transcripts from high school, previous colleges, and universities.
  • Possess an overall GPA of 2.66.
    • For students applying with less than 24 college semester credit hours, GPA will be calculated using high school transcripts
    • For students applying with 24 or more college semester credit hours, GPA will be calculated using college transcripts
  • Possess a science/math GPA of 2.66.
    • For students applying with less than 24 college semester credit hours, GPA will be calculated using high school transcripts
    • For students applying with 24 or more college semester credit hours, GPA will be calculated using college transcripts
  • Minimum composite score on ACT of 18 or equivalent SAT. The ACT requirement will be waived for those applicants with a confirmed Bachelor degree at time of the application
  • 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).

Deadline for Application

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

Contact Ryan Walker, PTA Program Director at rwalker@shawnee.edu or (740) 351-3428 for more information.

Application/Matriculation Rates

Applicants are ranked according to the following criteria:

  1. Overall GPA
  2. Science/Math GPA (See worksheet in the application packet (PDF))
  3. ACT Composite (Applicants that have a confirmed bachelor degree on their transcript do not have to repeat the ACT) 

    Students are awarded points based on the ACT composite score in the following manner:
     
    • 18 = 1
    • 19 = 1.5
    • 20 = 2
    • 21 = 2.5
    • 22 = 3
    • 23 = 3.5
    • 24 = 4
    • 25 = 4.5
    • 26 = 5
    • 27 = 5.5
    • 28 = 6
    • 29 = 6.5
    • 30+ = 7
  4. Observation hour evaluations from the PT/PTA that was observed and signed log of hours.

Other Information

Applicants may be invited to participate in a group information/interview - notification of date/time will be prearranged. (Not all qualified applicants are guaranteed an interview.)

The PTA program typically has between 55-75 applicants that meet the eligibility requirements. The PTA program accepts no more than 24 applicants each year.

The PTA program is 5 semesters in length (2 academic years). The program curriculum includes general education, technical education and clinical education components. View suggested PTA program curriculum path (PDF)