Here are some important dates that you need to be aware of when applying to get into the PTA program:

  • Applications for September 2017 are accepted beginning March 2017.
  • General admissions applications are due by 4 PM on April 14, 2017.

PTA program admission requirements and the application process are subject to change from year to year. If you are planning to apply for a later year, the packet will provide guidelines for the application process. The application packet is updated each fall for the following year and it is the applicant’s responsibility to be aware of current application requirements.

Students are selected for the program who have demonstrated academic competence and a familiarity with physical therapy including the essential functions of the physical therapist assistant student. The procedures used in selection, evaluation and retention do not discriminate and are consistent with the policies of Green River College.

Students who satisfy admissions requirements will be selected based on:

  • Academic preparation including completion of prerequisites and gradepoint
  • Demonstrated familiarity with physical therapy (including job shadow, experience (volunteer or paid) in physical therapy.

To submit an application to the PTA program, students must have:

  • A college grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0
  • Completed required supporting courses, except one course may be in progress*
  • Documentation of at least 20 hours of job shadow or volunteer experience in physical therapy
  • Note that beginning in 2016 a minimum grade of 2.5 out of a 4.0 in each required supporting prerequisite course will be required.
  • Be at least 18 years or older

*The course in progress must successfully be completed with a 2.5 or higher by the end of summer quarter.

The typical successful applicant had a 3.0 or better in most prerequisite courses, a college GPA of near or above a 3.0, and substantial experience in physical therapy or a related field.

Experience Evaluation Example: points awarded for one category in each column.

Minimum requirement: 20 hours in PT. May be met by: Additional Points Additional Points
Volunteer/job shadow 20 hours in a different PT setting (outpatient, skilled nursing, hospital, rehab center, school, etc. Not to include two different clinics of the same type) Up to 60 additional hours volunteer job shadow in PT or
Employment in a PT clinic   Employment in PT or
Internship for another degree if minimum of 20 hours and supervised by a PT   Employment in a closely related field (massage, nursing assistant, athletic trainer, etc.)

Required Supporting Courses (Prerequisites).

Course Title Green River College Course Number Specific Information
Anatomy and Physiology I AP 103 or BIOL& 241 The two-quarter sequence of A&P should be taken at the same level (100 or 200) from the same college and should have been completed within 5 years desired program start.
Anatomy and Physiology 2 AP 104 or BIOL& 242 The two-quarter sequence of A&P be taken at the same level (100 or 200) from the same college and should have been completed within 5 years of desired program start. Note: AP 2 may be “in progress” during spring term but must be completed with a 2.3 (C+ or better) to enter the program.
Speech Communications CMST &210 or &220 or &230 or 238  
English Composition ENGL 109 or ENGL& 101 or ENGL 126 or 127 or 128 Please be advised that Engl 109 may not transfer to a university. (5 quarter credits required.)
Mathematics (College Level) Any college level course numbered 100 or above This requirement may also be met by eligibility for Elementary Algebra (Math 72) and completing one of the following courses (Acomp100N, Bus E 110 or B A 145).

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  • 2017 PTA Application
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