2015-2016 PTA Application  deadline is September 4, 2015.  

Students will be admitted to the UAA Physical Therapist Assistant program as a pre-major. Prior to being admitted as a full major, the student must complete the following additional admission requirements:

  1. The student must meet with the UAA Physical Therapist Assistant Program Advisor to develop an academic plan.
  2. Show from official transcripts, successful completion of the following:
    • Minimum 2.5 GPA in all coursework.
    • "C" or better in all prerequisite coursework as listed on the AAS Physical Therapist Assistant webpageWhile students may apply for admission into the PTA program with a "C" or better in all prerequisites, applications from students whose grades in BIOL A111 and A112 are a "B" or better will have a competitive advantage.  
  3. Provide documentation on Clinical Observation Form for a minimum of 30 hours of observation/work experience in two different clinical settings with a minimum of 15 hours in each, e.g., outpatient, hospital inpatient, home health, rehab center, or long term care.
  4. Provide Three (3) PTA Recommendation Letters by non-family members.

Application Procedure

To be considered for Spring admission into the Associate of Applied Science program, the application process must be complete by September 4, 2015.  
  1. Review prerequisite and application requirements on this website and the sample application PTA Application.
  2. Complete thirty (30) hours of clinical observations in two different clinical settings with a minimum of 15 hours in each, e.g., outpatient, hospital inpatient, home health, rehab center, or long term care settings.  Applicants will be required to upload a copy of the completed observation form to the AAS PTA web application or provide a paper copy directly to the department no later than the application deadline.  
  3. Complete the required immunization record.  Current UAA students are strongly encouraged to use the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center online portal for tracking.  Non-UAA Students without access to the online portal must provide a signed Immunization Record form.  Shot records will not be accepted.  Applicants will be required to upload a copy of a completed and signed immunization record or a printout of completed immunization record from the UAA Student Health & Counseling Online Portal or provide a paper copy directly to the department no later than the application deadline.
  4. Recommendation forms must be provided directly to the PTA program office no later than the application deadline.  
  5. Provide a copy of current Basic Life Support (CPR) for Healthcare Providers certification either through a file upload in the web application, by mailing or hand delivering a photocopy of the current certification to the PTA program office.
  6. Complete AAS Physical Therapist Assistant Web Application no later than 5:00pm on September 4, 2015.  Applicants are encouraged to review the sample application prior to starting the web application.  
  7. Applications will be reviewed after the application deadline; interviews will be by invitation with a writing sample to be completed the day of the interview.  
  8. Once admitted, and prior to the program start, submit to a national-level criminal background check.