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Physical Therapist Assistant

Admissions Requirements

The University of Saint Francis accepts a limited number of students each year into this academically competitive program. The candidate’s high school record should reflect a college preparatory curriculum including four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of social sciences, and three years of laboratory science, including one year of physics. In addition to meeting University of Saint Francis’ admission criteria, candidates will be considered for admission to the program who meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum one year of high school algebra, chemistry and biology or its equivalent with a grade of "C" or better.
  2. Exposure to work in the health field through observation, volunteer service or employment.
  3. Knowledge concerning the profession of physical therapy.
  4. Two of the following criteria for admission:
    • High school cumulative GPA of "B" or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
    • SAT I re-centered math and verbal composite score of 1000 or above or an ACT composite score of 21 or higher. For SAT test administrations prior to April 1995, a composite score of 800 is required.*
    • 12 or more credit hours in applicable college subjects with a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or above. It is strongly recommended that at least three credit hours be from a physical or biological science course.
    • Associate or higher level degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
    • 12 credits at the University of Saint Francis with a grade of “2.3” or above in each class. It is strongly recommended that at least three credit hours be from a physical or biological science course.

*The Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) for Health Occupations Aptitude Examination may be substituted for the SAT or ACT. Applicants who take the PSB will be provided Admission Committee criteria of the results upon request.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program Admissions Committee will identify those qualified applicants who will be offered admission. Each application will be reviewed on an individual basis. Review of applications for fall PTA classes will begin the prior November and continue until the program is full. Exceptions to the stated requirements may be made and applied fairly at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.