PTA Admission Requirements

The Associate of applied science in physical therapist assistant (PTA) program is a selective admission program. Students will apply to the program and be selected based on a personal interview and several criteria including:

  • Completed application
  • A minimum of one year of high school algebra, chemistry and biology, or its equivalent, with a grade of “C” or better
  • Completion of 40 hours of observation of PT patient care documented using the clinical observation verification form
  • Must meet the University admission requirements for undergraduate studies
  • Graduate High School with a 3.0 GPA or have a college GPA of 3.0
  • Graduate in the top 25% of their High School class
  • Have an ACT score of at least 25 or an SAT score of at least 1150
  • Must meet the University admission requirements for undergraduate studies
  • Completion of a Related Health Care Experience Portfolio, only for applicants who wish consideration of prior health care related experience in their application

PTA students will study human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, interventions for patients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular dysfunction, professional interaction with patients and other health care providers, health psychology, and changes that occur throughout the lifespan of patients. This program is a complex and intensive course of study which places specific demands on students that closely resemble the physical and intellectual challenges graduates of the program will encounter as practicing PTAs. In order to function as clinical PTAs, individuals must be able to meet certain physical, emotional, intellectual, and communication expectations for performance. This program is designed to prepare students to be entry-level PTAs.

The President of Trine University reserves the right to have executive authority over any admission decisions.

The PTA program will open the application period in January 2019, and close applications for its charter class in December 2019. Trine will admit 24 students total, reserving 16 seats for potential students from Trine University. Students will be notified of their acceptance in June 2020. Classes will begin in the fall of 2020. 

The program will be located in the Health Sciences Education Center located at 1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne, Ind., with a state-of-the-art Physical Assessment Laboratory and top-of-the-line classroom technology.