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.  24 students are admitted to the program each fall semester. 

I. Application Information

II. Admission Requirements and Procedures

A.  Application Requirements 

1. Obtained full admission status to JSCC for the fall semester that follows the PTA application cycle.  See JSCC Admissions Requirements.

2. Fulfilled the following academic requirements:

3.  Submitted a completed PTA program application packet by June 1.  The link for the application can be found above.  Observation requirements must have also been completed and evidence submitted to the PTA Program Director's Office by the June 1 deadline (see below).  It is recommended that copies of all observation forms be included in the PTA application packet.  Copies of high school and college transcripts must be included in the PTA application packet.  NOTE:  Applicants who are reapplying to the program as the result of withdrawal or dismissal from the program at a past date must contact the program director for specific readmission requirements.  Standard program admission requirements do not apply.     

4.  In addition, due to the rigor of the PTA program and the competitive nature of the applicant pool it is recommended that applicants complete most or all general education coursework required for the degree prior to applying to the program.  NOTE:  The required science coursework for the degree, Anatomy & Physiology I (BIOL 2010), Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 2020), and Survey of Physical Science I (PSCI 1010)  must have been taken within the past 5 years in order to receive credit.  Additional natural science is recommended but not required.  Average acceptance rate 2012 - 2016 = 25%.  Average matriculation rate 2012 - 2016 = 100%.    

B. Observation Requirements

Submit documentation of twenty-four (24) hours of volunteer experience in at least two physical therapy departments.  The form provided above MUST be used for this.  Prior work experience in a physical therapy department/setting may be used for 12 hours of this requirement, however, an additional 12 hours of observation or volunteer experience MUST be obtained in at least one other setting.  NOTE:  This experience must be completed under the direction of a PT or PTA and MUST HAVE BEEN COMPLETED WITHIN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE SUBMISSION OF THE CURRENT APPLICATION. 

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.  Applicant interviews are conducted by clinical faculty and other area clinicians.  Applicants are judged in the following areas:  1) knowledge of the physical therapy profession and the PTA career, 2) motivation toward personal goals, 3) communication skills, 4) critical thinking skills, and 5) composure/maturity.  

D. Physical Requirements

Good health and physical ability are highly recommended for PTA students.  Students who are selected for admission into the program must present a physician's statement verifying that, in that physician's opinion, the student has no mental or physical handicaps which would interfere with the expected performance of a PTA 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 themselves, other students, or the public, including patients. 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

It is the requirement of all of the program's clinical education sites that students will be required to submit to drug testing and criminal background checks before placement into clinical education.  Positive or adverse results/findings on such will interfere with student placement in clinical rotations and further result in program dismissal.

III. Estimated Program Costs

Tuition (based on 2016-2017 rates) $9,450.50
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $1100.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books) $1080.00
Professional liability insurance (for both years) $11.05
Uniforms (1 name badge & 1 lab coat, scrubs may also be required) $150.00
Supplies (lab kit) $60.00
Physical Exam & immunizations (approximate cost) $300.00
Background Check (check and update) $73.00
Drug Screen $52.80
AHA Basic Life Support of Health Providers $50.00
APTA + TPTA student membership fee $80.00 per year (Required) $160.00
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 (unless otherwise funded) $80.00
ESTIMATED TOTAL FOR PROGRAM AT 2016-20176 RATES* $14106.85
Sample Expenditure Estimation (1st Semester)
Tuition (based on Fall 2016 rates) $2,169.50
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $500.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books only if courses not completed prior) $500.00
Supplies (Lab kit) $60.00
Physical Exam & immunizations (approximate cost) $300.00
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 2016 RATES* $3709.50
Sample Expenditure Estimation (2nd Semester)
Tuition (based on Spring 2017 rates $2,169.50
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $300.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books only if courses not completed prior) $200.00
Professional Liability Insurance $11.05
Travel to clinical sites (may vary) $50.00
Drug Screen $26.40
Criminal Background Check $58.00
ESTIMATED TOTAL FOR FIRST SEMESTER AT SPRING 2017 RATES* $2814.95
Sample Expenditure Estimation (3rd Semester)
Tuition (based on Summer 2017 rates) $1020.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $60.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books only if courses not completed prior) $80.00
Travel to clinical sites (may vary) $300.00
Lab coat and/or scrubs $150.00
ESTIMATED TOTAL FOR FIRST SEMESTER AT SUMMER 2017 RATES* $1610.00
Sample Expenditure Estimation (4th Semester)
Tuition (based on Fall 2016 rates) $2076.50
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $150.00
Textbooks (approximate cost for non-PTA books only if courses not completed prior) $300.00
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 2016 RATES* $2667.90
Sample Expenditure Estimation (5th Semester)
Tuition (based on Spring 2017 rates) $2014.50
Textbooks (approximate cost for PTA books only) $100.00
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 2017 RATES* $3,334.50

All expenses are estimates and are subject to change without notice. Expenditures may vary depending upon students’ individual situations and needs. Learn more about financial aid information.

* 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 application status by July 1.