To become a competitive candidate for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, pre-PTA students must:
- Submit an application for admission. Students who have never attended Seminole State must apply and be admitted to the College before applying to the PTA Program. Students may apply to Seminole State online or download a Printed Application for Admission.
- Complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation, volunteer service or work experience in physical therapy departments (observation hours in excess of 100 will not be considered; see Information Packet for details). Students are required to seek exposure to physical therapy by working, volunteering or observing in several physical therapy settings. This can be done in hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient physical therapy sessions. To gain exposure or experience, students should contact the chief of the physical therapy department at a medical facility near them. They should tell the physical therapist that they are a pre-PTA student completing a requirement for Seminole State's PTA Program. Students should then courteously request the opportunity to work, observe or volunteer in the department.
Please note: Hospitals and clinics may require students to meet certain stipulations before allowing them to work or observe in their facilities.
Please also note: Orlando Health facilities are unable to accommodate new requests for clinical observation hours. The following facilities will not accept student volunteers: Orlando Regional Medical Center, the UF Health Cancer Center, Arnold Palmer Hospital including Pediatric Sports Medicine, Winnie Palmer Hospital, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, South Seminole Hospital, and Orlando Health Physician Group Practices.
A Physical Therapy Experience Form must be completed and signed by the supervising physical therapist or physical therapist assistant from each facility. An experience form signed by a non-PT or non-PTA does not meet this criterion.
For both first-time applicants as well as individuals re-applying to the program, at least 20 observation hours must have been completed in the 12 months prior to the application deadline.
- Complete a criminal background check. All students provisionally admitted to a healthcare program with a clinical component are required to complete a criminal background check (Florida Statute 400.211). Admission into clinicals is at the discretion of the clinical agencies.
- An Overall GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale is required to apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. In addition, a grade of "C" or better must be attained in all the general education and support course requirements. There are seven general education courses. The general education courses needed for the completion of your
degree are indicated on the Curriculum page in this packet. It is recommended that students complete as many of the general education courses as possible prior to submitting an application.
- Take the TEAS® test and score at least 59% Adjusted Individual Total Score. The test is offered on a walk-in basis at the Seminole State Assessment and Testing Centers (check the Assessement and Testing Center schedule for locations and times). Students can prepare for the test using the TEAS® study manual and/or the online practice assessment found at www.atitesting.com. Students can take the test up to three times within a 12 month period but must wait 31 days between retakes. Test scores are valid for two years.
- Submit a completed application packet by February 28*. A completed application packet contains all of the forms needed to apply to the PTA Program. All items in this packet must be submitted together to:
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Students who receive notice of provisional acceptance to the program are given a limited period of time to formally accept a seat in the class. If they do not accept their seat by the deadline, it will be offered to another student. No information concerning a student's status or the status of a student's file will be given over the phone.
Seminole State College of Florida
850 S. State Road 434, Room A-303
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
- Complete physical examination form (after provisional acceptance). All students are accepted pending successful completion of a Physical Examination Form. A physician's signature indicates a student is capable of performing the functions of a physical therapist assistant. Students will receive the physical examination form after provisional acceptance.