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Physical Therapist Assistant Selection Criteria: Point System

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program, offered by the Health Sciences Institute at EFSC, has limited enrollment. Admission to the program is based on a point system in which the Selection Committee tabulates and confirms the points accumulated by each applicant by the application deadline. The top candidates will then be notified for an interview. Following the interviews, the top 16 applicants will be sent letters of acceptance. Applicants interviewed but not accepted may be placed on the alternate list and admitted only if an accepted applicant declines a spot through the first week of class.

Application files must be completed and received by the Health Science Admissions and Advising Office by the May 15 application deadline. Incomplete files will NOT be considered for program admission. 

Application files must include the following REQUIRED documents:
  • Online application to the PTA program, with application fee paid online or to the cashier’s office
  • All unofficial transcripts: student copy from all colleges and universities attended, including EFSC
  • TEAS scores
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Health Science Point Sheet / Advisement Card (no copies permitted)
Students will be given BONUS points upon the completion of the following OPTIONAL tasks:
  • Attendance at the Physical Therapy Panel Discussion and Open House Event in the Spring Semester
  • Completion of specific college coursework (General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, Intro to Healthcare and Medical Terminology)

Selection Criteria:

Entrance Test

As an entrance requirement, all applicants must take the TEAS Test (Test of Essential Academic Skills). PTA applicants may take the TEAS twice before the application deadline; the highest score earned will be used. Please note: the Eastern Florida State College Testing Office will only allow applicants to take the TEAS test once a year; therefore, any second attempts within the year must be taken at another institution or remotely. We will accept TEAS scores taken within two years of the application deadline. Applicants must earn a minimum of 58% on the overall score to be considered. Points will not be given for students receiving scores between 58 and 59.9%, as this is a minimal expectation for program admission.  Scores greater than 59.9% will be awarded the following points:

91-100% 15 points
86-90.9 % 13 points
81-85.9 % 11 points
76-80.9 % 9 points
71-75.9 % 7 points
66-70.9 % 5 points
60-65.9 % 3 points
 
Grade Point Average

All applicants are required to have at least a 2.5 GPA. The most recent grade point average will be used. For the college grade point average to be used, at least 12 credit hours of college courses must be completed. Please Note: 4 credit hours of science must be included in the 12 credit hours from college. No points will be awarded for GPA.

Health Science Advisement Session

Applicants are required to complete an advisement session with a Health Science Student Advisor, as evidenced by a signed advisement card. This card can only be obtained from a Health Science Student Advisor, and no duplicates will be issued. If lost, the student must attend another advisement session for another card. The card is valid for only 1 year after the issue date. Please email healthscience@easternflorida.edu to schedule an appointment. No points will be awarded for the Health Science Advisement Session.

Letters of Recommendation

Each applicant is required to have one letter of recommendation, and it must come from an academic instructor, a Physical Therapist, or a Physical Therapist Assistant. The Letter of recommendation MUST be signed and on company letterhead, and must be written within one year of the application deadline. Letters from High School Instructors will be accepted if graduation from high school has been within one year of the application deadline. 

Bonus Points for Physical Therapy Panel Discussion and Open House

A panel discussion and open house will be held in the spring term for students to attend in order to ask questions regarding the field of physical therapy and about the program.  5 points will be given for attending.  

Bonus Points for Specific College Course Work

Only courses completed within the last five years of the application deadline can be used for bonus points.  However, General Biology II or Advanced Medical Terminology may be used in place of the General Biology 1 or Medical Terminology, listed below. Points awarded will then be at the discretion of the PTA admissions committee. 

Each of the following courses are worth a maximum of 5 points each for a total of 15 possible points.  An "A" is worth 5 points, a "B" is worth 3 points and a "C" is worth 1 point.

  • General Biology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Health Care

Each of the following courses are worth a maximum of 10 points each for a total of 20 possible points.  An "A" is worth 10 points, a "B" is worth 7 points and a "C" is worth 5 points.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II

Please see a Health Science Advisor regarding any exceptions to the above year requirement. Students are NOT required to repeat courses that they have already taken, but bonus points will ONLY be awarded if the course is taken within 5 years of the application deadline.

Students who have successfully completed Advanced Placement Courses (with a score of 3, 4, or 5) and have chosen not to repeat the above courses, will receive 3 points for each course.

Courses which have earned credit through CLEP will not be accepted.

Plan of Study:

Please review the program’s plan of study. Students must be enrolled during the summer term or have taken the following courses prior to the start of the fall term semester in which they are accepted into the program:

  • HSCC 1000: Introduction to Health Care
  • BSCC 1010: General Biology
  • HSC 1531: Medical Terminology
  • ENC 1101: Communications I

Students who have elected to take the above courses during the summer prior to the fall program start MUST submit a summer schedule indicating their enrollment. Should a student not successfully pass the above courses, their position in the program will no longer be valid.

Note: The Physical Therapist Assistant admissions committee reserves the right to give special consideration for repeat applicants who have met the admission criteria and students previously withdrawn from the Program.

Interview

Following the application deadline, the top candidates will be notified by phone and scheduled for an interview with members of the admissions committee. Interested candidates must be available during this time or they will forfeit their seat in the program. Candidates are required to bring a one-page, typed essay to the interview stating why they have chosen to pursue a career as a PTA. 

Above criteria are subject to change at the discretion of the PTA Program Faculty and EFSC Administration.