Blue Ridge CTC’s Physical Therapist Assisting program is a competitive admission process. Students first apply to the College and enroll in the Medical Assisting: Rehabilitation Foundation degree program. Once prerequisites are met, students are then eligible to apply to the Physical Therapist Assisting program.
The Physical Therapist Assisting program is competitive admissions. Review the application and requirements to understand how scores are calculated.
The Physical Therapist Assisting (PTA) program is a 1 + 1 program. One year of prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the Fall semester of the technical phase. Because students apply on March 1st each year, students may be enrolled in prerequisites during the Spring semester and still apply. The midterm grades for those spring semester courses will be used to determine acceptance. Acceptance would be contingent upon the successful completion of those spring courses. If prerequisites are still left over to complete during any summer term, those students will NOT be considered for acceptance until the following year. In ALL prerequisite coursework, each student must earn a C or better. Once in the technical phase of this PTA program, it will last one year plus one five-week summer session. Once in the program, each student must maintain at least a 78% test average in order to keep their spot in the program. Admission to the PTA program is competitive and twenty students will be admitted to the PTA program each Fall.
A numerical score sheet is used to select 20 students for each class. Points are assigned for grades in all prerequisite courses, volunteer experience, the brief narrative written on the application, and previous degrees earned. For students who use EDGE credits for any of the prerequisite courses, a grade from the high school transcript will be utilized on the score sheet. Students who have previously earned an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree qualify for additional points. Students who have all A’s in all of the PTA prerequisite courses qualify for additional points. Degrees earned at the end of the spring semester of which the student has applied to the technical phase WILL still allow the student to earn the extra points for the degree. Acceptance would be contingent upon the student actually earning the degree. The minimum requirement for volunteer hours is 20 total hours split between two distinctly different practice settings. Students are asked NOT to complete much over the 20-hour requirement so that we do not overwhelm clinical sites. The total score for the PTA score sheet for acceptance is composed of: 60% letter grades in prerequisite courses, 10% volunteer hours, 15% written essay on application, and 15% past degrees obtained. The 20 students with the highest scores are chosen. An applicant with a score below 130 in section A of the PTA Score sheet for Acceptance would not be a qualified applicant. 130 is the minimum qualifying score to get into the program
|Graduating class||# applied||# accepted||Admission rate||Graduation rate||1st time licensure pass rate||Ultimate Licensure pass rate||Employment rate|
|Class of 2021||34||20||68%||85.7%||90.9%||100%||100%|
|Class of 2022||36||20||66%||85.7%||58.3%||83.3%||100%|
|Class of 2023||20||17||85%||87.5%||54.5%||n/a||n/a|
|Class of 2024||12||11||91.6%||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|2 year average graduation rate||2 year average employment rate||2 year average licensure pass rates- 1st time||2 year average licensure pass rates– ultimate|
|Average for Class of Class of 2021 and Class of 2022||75.2%||100%||74.6%||91.65%|
|Average for Class of Class of 2022 and Class of 2023||86.6%||n/a||56.4%||n/a|
The completed application packet must be submitted to the program coordinator by March 1st for the next entering class.
Late applications are accepted only if space allows.
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