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PTA Program Selective Admission Points System

This point system effective January 1, 2020

ACT Score

Applicants must have taken the ACT or SAT to be eligible for acceptance into the PTA program.

Points for composite ACT taken from October 28, 1989 to present

ACT Score Possible Points
ACT Score PTA Program Points
0-18  0
19 30
20 33
21 36
22 39
23 42
24 45
25 48
26 and up 50

If students have retaken the ACT, we accept the highest composite score.
If students have taken both the ACT and SAT we will use the score that yields the highest points.

***For ACT tests taken prior to October 28, 1989 or for students who have only taken the SAT, see conversion charts at the bottom of this page.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Cumulative GPA for all graded courses taken from the General Education courses listed on the PTA Academic Plan (does not include digital literacy which is a college requirement).

  • Student must have taken 12 graded credit hours in the approved PTA curriculum to earn GPA points.
  • Courses must be taken from a regionally accredited college.
  • Remedial or developental coursework is not included in graded credit hours.
GPA Possible Points
GPA PTA Program Points
3.00 - 3.24  30
3.25 - 3.49 36
3.50 - 3.74 42
3.75 - 4.00 50

Bonus Math and Science Points

These points are awarded for the following classes and corresponding grades.

Bonus Math and Science Possible Points
Course Grade of A Grade of B
BIO 137  8 4
BIO 139 8 4
MAT 150 or higher (STA 151 meets this requirement) 8 4

Kentucky Residents

Kentucky residents (or applicants who are residents of the approved contiguous counties) may be awarded 2 points.

Documented Work Experience

Documented work experience related to Physical Therapy (up to 4 points)

Employment as a PT Aide or Technician Possible Points
Years Worked PTA Program Points
Less than 6 months  1
6 months to one year 2
More than one year 3
Employment in a Related Health Care Position with Direct Patient Care Possible Points
Years Worked PTA Program Points
Less than 6 months 1
6 months or more 2

Candidates with possible points for employment experience need to submit the following to the admissions coordinator written by their employer:

  1. Beginning and ending dates of employment
  2. Supervisor's name and title
  3. Specific list of patient care duties
  4. Brief summary of this candidates's performance in this position

All components must be present on the letter for points to be considered. The admission Committee will review letters submitted by employers and assign points as appropriate.

Completion of Direct Patient Care Education

Completion of direct patient care education such as the NAA 100 course at WKCTC or a comparable course may be awarded 2 points.

Candidates with possible points in this area need to submit their transcript and/or certification to the Admissions Coordinator for review.

Other Notes

  • In the event of a tie in the total number points, the cumulative GPA is used to rank order to determine admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
  • Students admitted into the PTA program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Students must have at least 76 points in this PTA selective admission points system to be considered for a position in the program.

For ACT Tests Taken Prior to October 28, 1989

ACT Tests Taken Prior to October 28, 1989 Possible Points
ACT Score PTA Program Points
0-17  0
18 30
19 33
20 36
21 39
22 42
23 45
24 48
25 and up 50

Conversion Chart for ACT to SAT Scores

ACT to SAT Conversion Chart
ACT Score SAT Score
36 1590
35 1540
34 1500
33 1460
32 1430
31 1400
30 1370
29 1340
28 1310
27 1280
26 1240
25 1210
24 1180
23 1140
22 1110
21 1080
20 1040
19 1010 and up