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Admission Requirements

The following are requirements that must be met before application to the PTA Program can be considered:

  1. High School Diploma or its equivalent;
  2. Completion of two years of high school or college mathematics including one year of algebra or MAT 087 (non-credit) at Onondaga;
  3. Completion of two years high school or college science including one year of biology; physics and chemistry are recommended; The completion of one year of high school biology, or BIO 121, 151, 152 or equivalent, must be within 7 years prior to application in the PTA program. A hands-on laboratory is a required component of these courses;
  4. A grade of 77 or C+ or higher in required courses used to meet the prerequisites;
  5. A cumulative average of 2.6 (from most recent college experience), or 77% or C+ (from most recent high school experience);
  6. Before registering for PTA courses, the student must have completed Onondaga placement tests and demonstrated competency, placing into MAT 114 and the ENG 103 and RDG 153 levels.
  7. All students participating in clinical or laboratory courses must be able to perform all of the “Essential Skills”.
  8. Students will be required to earn CPR certification for the healthcare professional from the American Heart Association before/during the first semester of the program..

Note: You should possess good communication skills, and be in excellent health.

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A competitive process is used for admission to the PTA program, with points assigned to specific criteria. Admission will be offered to qualified students in ranked order from highest to lowest, beginning at the review deadlines until all spaces are full. Curriculum changes must be initiated by the student at Student Central.

Ranking points will be awarded for:

  1. Most recent cumulative G.P.A.;
  2. Courses taken within the last three years of education that meet the grade requirement (science, mathematics, English), especially for good grades in Anatomy and Physiology I & II;
  3. Previous certification in the health care field (EMT, CAN, LPN, ATC, massage therapy, etc.) with documentation;
  4. New review if student met prerequisites at previous admission cycle but the program was full (student must have reapplied to the program for each new admission cycle);

Application deadlines for prerequisites complete with supporting documentation for fall admission is March 1.  

The Program

The PTA program consists of 20 credits of general education courses and 43 credits of PTA courses which include class, lab and clinical experiences.

You are required to earn CPR certification (for the professional rescuer) on an independent basis prior to/during the first semester of matriculation. The New York State regulations require you to have an annual health assessment and to have a health form on file at the College and clinical site prior to beginning any clinical experience. Additional immunizations, such as an annual flu shot, may be required for clinical experiences.

Scheduled clinical assignments cannot accommodate work schedules for those students wishing to hold part-time jobs. PTA courses must be taken in sequence as presented in the curriculum. They are held during weekdays only. Due to the intensity of the program, students are strongly encouraged not to work more than 20 hours per week. For students with child care responsibilities, back-up child care is strongly encouraged, as strict attendance policies affect grades.