PTA Admissions Information

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program has specific admission requirements because of its limited enrollment. Students seeking admission to the PTA Program must submit separate applications for admission to Jackson State Community College and for admission to the program. The applications must be submitted by the June 1st deadline. Application for admission to the PTA Program is considered for one application period only. Students who wish to be considered for admission to the next entering class must submit a new application.

I. Application Information

II. Admission Requirements

A. Education Qualifications

To be considered for admissions, a student must have:

1. The following minimum subsection scores on the ACT: Writing – 18, Reading – 19, Mathematics – 19, or acceptable placement testing scores, OR have successfully completed all previously determined remedial coursework.

2. fulfilled the following academic requirements:

3. Applicants with previous college credit must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale in program required coursework (excluding remedial and developmental courses.

4. Complete all required developmental courses prior to the application deadline of May 15th.

5. Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 2010) and Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 2020) must have been taken within past 5 years to receive credit.

B. Observation Requirements

Submit documentation of twenty-four (24) hours of volunteer experience in at least two physical therapy departments or prior work experience in a physical therapy department/setting AND 24 hours of volunteer experience in at least one other setting.

C. Interviews

Personal interviews are scheduled for those applicants who best meet and/or exceed the minimum requirements. The number of applicants interviewed will not exceed three times the number of available program positions. The interviews will be scheduled by the program director and will be held on the college campus in early June. There will be 15 -20 minutes allowed per interview.

D. Physical Requirements

Good health and physical ability are not criteria for the selection of students; but students must, before admission and registration into the program, present a physician's statement verifying that, in that physician's opinion, the student has no mental or physical handicaps which would interfere with proper performance in a clinical setting. The college will supply the student with a letter to present to the physician describing the Essential Functions which include requirements that students be able to engage in educational and training activities in such a way that they will not endanger other students or the public, including patients. These Essential Functions are attached to this document. Documentation of the following health records must be complete before enrollment in clinical courses: TB skin test, Hepatitis B vaccination, MMR, tetanus.

E. Drug Testing and Criminal Background Checks

Students will be required to submit to drug testing and background checks before admission to clinical rotations. Positive results/findings on such will interfere with student placement in clinical rotations.

III. Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (based on 2013-2014 rates with tuition cap removed) $8,471.50
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $1000.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books) $1035.25
Professional liability insurance (for both years) $10.50
Uniforms (1 name badge & 1 lab coat) $50.00
Supplies (lab kit) $50.00
Physical Exam & immunizations (approximate cost) $300.00
Background Check (check and update) $73.00
Drug Screen $26.40
JSCC Application Fee $10.00
AHA Basic Life Support of Health Providers $50.00
APTA + TPTA student membership fee Per Year (Optional) $80.00
State of Tennessee Licensing Fees (may be pre- or post-graduation) $135.00
National Physical Therapy Examination Fees (may be pre- or post-graduation) $470.00
Travel to clinical sites (may vary significantly) $900.00
Final Competency Exam $35.00
National Physical Therapy Examination Review Course $80.00
* ESTIMATED TOTAL FOR PROGRAM AT 2013-2014 RATES $12,747.25
All expenses are estimates and are subject to change without notice.  
Sample Expenditure Estimation (1st Semester)
Tuition (based on Fall 2013 rates with cap removed) $1,946.50
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $505.38
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books only if courses not completed prior) $493.65
JSCC Application Fee $10.00
Name Badge $10.00
Supplies (Lab kit) $50.00
Physical Exam & immunizations (approximate cost) $300.00
Drug Screen $26.50
Background Check $58.00
AHA Basic Life Support of Health Providers $50.00
APTA + TPTA student membership fee Per Year $80.00
Travel to clinical sites (may vary) $50.00
*ESTIMATED TOTAL FOR FIRST SEMESTER AT FALL 2013 RATES $3579.93
All expenses are estimates and are subject to change without notice.  
Sample Expenditure Estimation (2nd Semester)
Tuition (based on Spring 2014 rates with cap removed) $1,946.50
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $264.40
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books only if courses not completed prior) $145.35
Professional Liability Insurance $10.50
Travel to clinical sites (may vary) $50.00
*ESTIMATED TOTAL FOR FIRST SEMESTER AT SPRING 2014 RATES $2416.75
All expenses are estimates and are subject to change without notice.  
Sample Expenditure Estimation (3rd Semester)
Tuition (based on Summer 2014 rates with cap removed) $914.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $64.95
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books only if courses not completed prior) $82.00
Travel to clinical sites (may vary) $300.00
*ESTIMATED TOTAL FOR FIRST SEMESTER AT SUMMER 2014 RATES $1360.95
All expenses are estimates and are subject to change without notice.  
Sample Expenditure Estimation (4th Semester)
Tuition (based on Fall 2014 rates with cap removed) $1,862.50
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $78.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books only if courses not completed prior) $314.25
Drug Screen $26.40
Background Check Update (if required by clinical site) $15.00
Immunization Updates $20.00
APTA + TPTA student membership fee Per Year $80.00
*ESTIMATED TOTAL FOR FIRST SEMESTER AT FALL 2014 RATES $2396.15
All expenses are estimates and are subject to change without notice.  
Sample Expenditure Estimation (5th Semester)
Tuition (based on Spring 2014 rates with cap removed) $1,802.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $80.95
Travel to clinical sites (may vary) $500.00
Final Competency Exam $35.00
National Physical Therapy Examination Review Course $80.00
State of Tennessee Licensing Fees (may be pre- or post-graduation) $135.00
National Physical Therapy Examination Fees (may be pre- or post-graduation) $470.00
*ESTIMATED TOTAL FOR FIRST SEMESTER AT SPRING 2014 RATES $3073.55
All expenses are estimates and are subject to change without notice.  

* Estimations based on high end scale, therefore, total program cost may be lower than what is shown here.

IV. Notification

Applicants whose applications meet the deadline will be notified in writing of their acceptance status by June 15.