In order to be accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Applicant must submit a High School Diploma (or equivalent in their country of origin) or GED.
- Applicant must be 18 yrs of age.
- Applicant must score at the 11.0 level in mathematics, language and reading on the TABE Test. (Students with AA or higher degree of education are exempt)
- Applicant must submit official school transcripts documenting any previous academic work, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 average or better on a 4.0 scale, from an educational institution accredited by an agency that is recognized by the US Department of Education. This will include applicants requesting credit for general education courses previously taken at the associate degree level or higher.
- Applicant must submit a college application including a writing sample
- Applicant must successfully complete a personal oral interview with the Program Director and or an administrative representative of the program in order to evaluate the applicant’s ability to communicate satisfactorily as required by the health care delivery system. The interviewer must recommend applicant for admission
- Applicant must submit three letters of recommendation either from a Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, previous instructor, or from a current/past employer. Letters must have contact information of person writing recommendation, such as name, signature, phone number and address.
- Applicant must undergo a criminal background check and drug screen.
- Perform and submit proof of 20 observation hours in a Physical Therapy setting
Please be aware:
- Completion of all application requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the PTA program. You will be notified in writing by the Program whether you are, or are not, accepted or if you are placed on a waiting list. Maximum enrollment for each cohort is capped at 24 students.
- Enrollment into the program is limited and competitive. Please refer to the ADMISSIONS POINT SYSTEM TO PTA PROGRAM at the end of the packet. This form shows you how the admissions process is scored per applicant. Final selection for the program is determined by the SABER College PTA Program Director and Admissions Committee based on consideration of all components of the application process including GPA and academic history, TABE score, Clinical Observation Form, and oral interview. Students must achieve a minimum of 77 points on the Admissions Point System to be considered for acceptance to the program.
- If the criminal background check reveals a felony conviction, you will not be accepted into the program because you will be unable to complete the clinical education portion of the program.
- The clinical education portion of the program requires the student be able to provide their own transportation to and from clinical sites which may be outside of Miami Dade County.