PTA Program Admission

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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Admission Requirements

Graduates of the Finlandia University Physical Therapist Assistant Program receive an associate in applied science degree. The program consists of a minimum of 33 credits in general education (gen. ed. core) and 40 credits in PTA education (technical phase).

The number of graduates per year is limited to approximately sixteen to twenty-four students. The exact number to be admitted is determined each year by the PTA Program Director and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. The number of students admitted must be 24 or less and must ensure that there is at least a 125% clinical placement to student ratio. In addition, student to faculty ratio is also considered when determining number of students to admit.

The student must apply to the University through the Office of Admissions, and declare "PTA" as their program of study (refer to College Catalog "Admissions"). Admission to Finlandia University does not guarantee acceptance to the PTA program. Enrolled students are assigned a faculty member to assist with their academic plan of study. Students enter under pre-PTA and are considered for entry to the PTA Major upon successful completion of the PTA admission requirements.

To enter the PTA Major, the student must file an application for admission to the PTA program after completion of at least 12 semester credits of college coursework including Finlandia courses BIO171 and ENG103 or their equivalents. Qualified students are considered for admission to the PTA program regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin or disability that does not interfere with the performance of physical therapy.

Transfer Students:  Students who have attended a college elsewhere may apply as transfer students. Qualified students that meet the PTA admission requirements and meet the application deadline will be considered although preference is given to Finlandia students, but enrollment is not limited to such applicants. Qualified students that meet the PTA admission requirements and apply after the deadline will be accepted on a space available basis. Transfer students must be in good standing and eligible to return to all institutions previously attended and have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent) on all work attempted. Transfer students must satisfy the pre-PTA curriculum in order to transfer directly into the professional PTA Major.

Download the PTA program application for admission