Physical Therapist Assistant

Requirements and Applications

Criteria for Admission, Application Procedure, Application Materials


Freshman Applicants

Admission Criteria

Incoming freshman applicants must meet the University of Evansville's requirements for admission, which includes a rigorous college preparatory high-school curriculum with a minimum of three years of math, including two of algebra and one of geometry and at least two years of high school science. If the recommended math sequence was not followed in high school, a remedial college level math course or higher is required for consideration for admission. It is strongly recommended that students complete a physics course in high school.

For a PTA application to be considered, the applicant must:

  • be admitted to the University.
  • have achieved a minimum high school GPA of 2.75 or its equivalent. Please note: This level of GPA must be maintained through the spring semester.
  • have achieved a grade of C or better in one high school mathematics and one high school science course.

Application Procedure

  • Complete an application for admission to the University, identifying Physical Therapist Assistant as your intended major.
  • If not applying on line: Application must be typed. The only item not to be typed is your signature. Please limit all answers to the space provided unless specified otherwise. Attachments will not be considered as part of the application.
  • The essay must be prepared as specified in the directions. It will be evaluated regarding the development of the answer and your expression of ideas in writing. This includes your writing style, grammar, vocabulary, organization of thoughts, and clarity of ideas.
  • Complete the Supplemental Application. A minimum of 20 volunteer or observation hours that occurred under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These experiences must include at least two different settings and can be obtained in a hospital, nursing home, sub-acute facility, developmental center, outpatient clinic, school setting, or a summer camp for individuals who are physically challenged. It is important to have observed a variety of treatments and different types of disorders. Please complete all information requested (dates, place, types of patients, total hours).
  • Proofread all application documents for grammatical, spelling, and sentence structure errors. Do not hand-correct errors.
  • Sign both the application and supplemental application.
  • Submit application and supplemental application to: University of Evansville, Office of Admission, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47722.
  • Request your high school to send a copy of your official transcripts to: University of Evansville, Office of Admission, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47722.

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If you have any questions, please call the Department of Physical Therapy at 812-488-2341 or 800-488-8633, extension 2341.


Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants must submit the University of Evansville's Transfer Student Application, Supplemental Application Form, Dean of Students Recommendation Form, official high school transcripts, official SAT or ACT scores (these scores are often noted on high school transcripts), a photocopy of your Phi Theta Kappa membership certificate (if applicable), and official college transcripts sent directly from all colleges attended.

For a PTA application to be considered, the applicant must:

  • be admitted to the University
  • disclose their entire academic background.
  • have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA which includes one college level science course and one college level math course with grades of C or higher. Please note: Minimum GPA must be maintained through the spring semester.
  • complete a minimum of 20 volunteer or observation hours that occured under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These experiences must include at least two different settings and can be obtained in a hospital, nursing home, sub-acute facility, developmental center, outpatient clinic, school setting, or a summer camp for individuals who are physically challenged. It is important to have observed a variety of interventions and different types of disorders. Please complete all information requested (dates, place, types of patients, total hours).

Anatomy and Physiology credits earned more than five years prior to admission into the program will not be credited toward program requirements.

GPA will be determined as follows:

  • Applicants with 12 hours of more of college credit will be considered on the basis of their college GPA.
  • Applicants with 11 hours or fewer of college credit will be considered on the basis of their high school GPA with a minimum of 2.75 to be considered for admission.

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Currently Enrolled University of Evansville Students

For a PTA application to be considered, the applicant must:

  • complete the PTA application.
  • have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA which includes one college level science course and one college level math course with grades of "C" or higher. Please note: Minimum GPA must be maintained through the spring semester.
  • request that a copy of your transcripts be forwarded from the Office of the Registrar to the Department of Physical Therapy.
  • disclose your entire academic background.
  • complete a minimum of 20 volunteer or observation hours that occurred under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist is required for admission into the program. These experiences must include at least two different settings and can be obtained in a hospital, nursing home, sub-acute facility, developmental center, outpatient clinic, school setting, or a summer camp for individuals who are physically challenged. It is important to have observed a variety of interventions and different types of disorders. Please complete all information requested (dates, place, types of patients, total hours).

GPA will be determined by the following:

  • Students with 12 hours or more of college credit will be considered on the basis of their college GPA
  • Students with 11 hours or fewer of college credit will be considered on the basis of their high school GPA

Anatomy and Physiology credits earned more than five years prior to admission to the program will not be credited toward program requirements.

The Department of Physical Therapy reserves the right to make final decisions concerning all admission criteria

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Submit application materials to: University of Evansville, Department of Physical Therapy, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47722. Or bring the materials to the Department of Physical Therapy located in Wallace Graves Hall, Room 233.

Admission criteria are subject to change.

The Department of Physical Therapy reserves the right to make final decisions concerning all admission criteria.

The University of Evansville reserves the right to exercise judgment in the selection process for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. All decisions are final.

If you have any questions, please call the Department of Physical Therapy at 812-488-2345 or 800-488-8633, extension 2345.