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Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements must be met before applying to the PTA program:

  1. High School Diploma or its equivalent.
  2. A cumulative average of 2.6, 77% or C+ (from most recent high school or college experience).
  3. Completion of one year of high school Biology (NYS regents or equivalent) or college level Biology. This could include BIO 121 (preferred) or transfer equivalent. Note: BIO 171 and 172 (Anatomy and Physiology I and II) can be used for admission requirements; they can also satisfy requirements for graduation if taken within 7 years of matriculation. A hands-on laboratory is a required component of Biology courses.
  4. Completion of one year of high school Chemistry or Physics (NYS regents or equivalent), or college level Chemistry or Physics. This could include CHE 151 (preferred; a lab component is not required), general chemistry or equivalent; or PHY 100, 103 or equivalent.
  5. A grade of 77 or C+ or higher in required courses used to meet the admission requirements.
  6. Successful completion of OCC placement tests and demonstrated competency, placing into MAT 114, ENG 103 and RDG 153 levels.
  7. Must be able to perform all of the “Essential Skills” as outlined in this catalog.
  8. Students will be required to earn CPR certification for the healthcare professional from the American Heart Association by the end of the first semester of the PTA 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.  

All applicants are dependent on maintenance of required GPA between the time of admission into the program and the start of the program in the fall.

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.