IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT PTA PROGRAM APPLICATIONS FOR PRE-ADMISSION CONFERENCES
FALL 2020 (posted 8/7/2020):
PTA Program Applications can be completed in 3 different ways this year.
Option 1: We will still have an in person session on Aug 19, 2020 as listed on the webpage.
Applicants who attend in person will be required to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet
social distancing. Paper applications will be completed at the meeting.
Option 2: On August 19th, we will post a link to view the live August 19th session on the
webpage if applicants wish to participate remotely. The application forms will be
posted for electronic submission prior the remote session.
Option 3: The link to the entire pre-admission packet is posted on this webpage. Applicants
can read the entire pre-admission packet independently and email any questions to
the program coordinator, Mary Jo Campbell, PT, PTA Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org . The application will be posted prior to the August 19th meeting and applicants
will be able to submit their application electronically.
Continue to check this site for updates, including the link for the PTA program application.
Conferences scheduled at this time are as follows:
• Wednesday, August 19, 2020
• Thursday, September 10, 2020
• Thursday, September 17, 2020
All held in the Allied Health Building, Room E105 at 4 p.m.
Please email email@example.com with questions.
The PTA Pre-Admissions Conference Information Booklet (pdf, 23pgs, new tab) for the 2020 conferences is now available.
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction
and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who
have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability
to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs may also measure
changes in the patient's performance as a result of the physical therapy provided.
What is the difference between a Physical Therapist and a Physical Therapist Assistant?
The Physical Therapist (PT) is a graduate of a university program of study and is
responsible for evaluation of and development of the patient's plan of care and treatment.
A PTA works under the supervision of a PT.
What are my career choices?
A few examples of workplaces in your local area:
- Outpatient clinics
- Rehabilitation centers
- Nursing homes
- Home health agencies
To learn more about these job areas, visit APTA.
What are my degree options?
Associate Degree in Applied Science
Associate Degree Physical Therapist Assistant | Download the academic plan
An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of
a course of study usually lasting two years.
How Long will this Program Take?
It will take a minimum of 5 semesters to get an associate degree in the Physical Therapist
Assistant program. Students must complete a minimum of one semester of classes prior
to admission to four semesters of PTA program courses.
This program is a selective admissions program and due to these requirements students
may find that it takes longer to earn enough points to be admitted into the 4 semesters
of PTA program classes.
How Do I Apply For This Program?
The PTA Program admits one class of up to 16 students once a year. The application
period runs from March to Oct 1 of each year. Accepted students start the program
each January as a class and complete the 4 semesters of the program together. To apply
to the program you must complete the steps below by October 1 to be considered by the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Selective Admissions Committee
for entrance into the PTA program in January of the following year.
1. Attend a pre-admission conference. ALL interested students are encouraged to attend
one of these conferences, regardless of how many courses you have taken so far. The
program requirements, admission process and all other questions will be addressed
for students at these conferences.
Pre-admission conference dates:
All held in the Allied Health Building, Room E105 at 4 p.m.
- CANCELED - Wednesday, March 18, 2020
- CANCELED - Tuesday, April 28, 2020
- Wednesday, August 19, 2020
- Thursday, September 10, 2020
- Thursday, September 17, 2020
2. Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community and Technical College unless you
are already a student at one of the KCTCS colleges.
3. Submit official transcripts for all previous college work not completed at a KCTCS
4. Submit ACT score report.
5. Register for or have already completed BIO 137, Anatomy and Physiology I. This
course must be completed with a C or higher prior to entering the first semester of
PTA program courses.
Admission is based upon a point system. The admissions point scale is designed to
objectively evaluate applicants. Applicants with the highest total points will be
admitted to the program. Please see the point system at the link below.
PTA Selective Admission Points
Points are given to applicants for their ACT score and GPA in the classes required
for the program. To earn additional points toward program admission you can:
- Earn an A or B in Anatomy and Physiology I or II, and/or Math 150 (College Algebra)
or higher, including STA 151
- Be an Kentucky resident
- Submit documentation: employment as a PT Aide or Technician, or in a related health
care position with direct patient care; or completion of direct patient care education
such as NAA 100 or comparable course.
In addition to required classes students are required to be certified in CPR at healthcare
provider level, obtain the required immunizations, complete a background check, and
complete the required drug screen.
Additional Resources / Training
Click on the following links to download information:
Field Licensure Requirements
In addition to completing the program, students must pass the national certification
exam to become registered. State licensure is required in all states. CPR certification
at healthcare provider level, proof of immunizations, background checks, and drug
screens are required after a student is admitted and prior to starting the first semester
of the program.
Accreditation / Program Success
Program completion and licensure pass rate
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at West Kentucky Community and Technical
College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
(CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Telephone: 703-706-3245;
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to
contact the program/institution directly, please call Mary Jo Campbell at 270-534-3457
or email at email@example.com. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at
West Kentucky Community and Technical College is currently accredited through 2024.
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements
for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico,
and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation
in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following:
CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program
satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited
physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible
to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states,
the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information
regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation
of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure
that you meet all degree requirements.