Physical Therapist Assistant
Application Process

Admission to the College

  • Gain admission to Austin Community College: follow the instructions/process here. Visit a campus advisor or counselor to determine need for ACC assessment testing.
  • Physical Therapist Assistant requires that the TSI status be complete or exempt. NOTE: Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to the PTA Program.

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Applying to the Program

  • Review the PTA website
  • Complete the program's required immunizations. The application will not be accepted without a copy of the completed immunization record. See this link for information and form: http://www.austincc.edu/health/immunizations.php. Immunization requirements were changed on October 1, 2012. Please review the updated form for new requirements.
    • Please note that this program will allow you to submit the application with the first two of the Hepatitis B series of three shots completed and the third completed before the end of the provisional first semester. All the other immunizations listed must be completed at the time of the application deadline.
  • Complete all six prerequisite courses:
    • ENGL 1301, HPRS 1106, MATH, PSYC 2301
    • BIOL 2304/2101 Either BIOL 2304/2101 or 2305/2102 must be completed within seven years of application deadline.
    • PTHA 1409 A granted petition is required to register in fall, summer, and spring for PTHA 1409. To put your name on the petition list, check the Department Announcements box on our main page for petition dates and to fill out the petition form. PTHA 1409 must be completed within three years of the application deadline.
    • Courses applicable to the program must meet minimum GPA of 2.8.
    • BIOL 2305/2102 is not a prerequisite course; however, completion of the class is required by the end of the first fall semester. The PTA department recommends completion of the class before entry into the program.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer experience within the last two years at one facility.
    • PT aides or technicians may count employment.
    • Log form is available on PTA website. (Volunteer Log Form)
    • Two licensed physical therapy personnel must document this experience on two work skills assessment forms provided on the PTA website. (Assessment Form)
    • Submit 1 additional work skills assessment form from an individual who has experience with the applicant (employer, instructor or supervisor).
  • Complete a HOBET V exam
    • Test must be within 2 years of application deadline.
    • Call 512.223.7769 at Highland Business Center to schedule.
  • Submit PTA application by May 18th Click here for complete application information and all the required forms:
    • Essay and Applicant Data Record (Both are part of application)
    • Technical Standards Form found on PTA website
    • Immunization Documentation
    • HOBET exam results
    • Official transcripts of all previous college education, other than ACC
    • Volunteer Log
    • Three work skills assessment forms

Selection into the Program:

  • Academic GPA (40%)
  • HOBET exam scores (40%)
  • Work skills assessment scores (5%)
  • Essay (15%)
  • Bonus points are given for completion of any co-requisites. See admission procedures document or the FAQ page for details.

Please note that to be compliant with clinical facility requirements, a mandatory criminal background check and drug screen will be required prior to admission to the PTA Program. Do not do this until instructed by the program.

Print application packet from the web or pick up one at the PTA Department Office. Submit completed applications by mail or in person to any of the following locations:

Health Sciences Admission Office
Eastview Campus, Room 8356
3401 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

Health Science Admission Office
Round Rock Campus, Room 3105
4400 College Park Dr
Round Rock, TX 78665

Download Application Process: PDF

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