The following are requirements that must be met before application to the PTA Program can be considered:
Note: You should possess good communication skills, and be in excellent health.
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:
Application deadlines for prerequisites complete with supporting documentation for fall admission is March 1.
The PTA program consists of 20 credits of general education courses and 42 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.
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