University of Evansville

Physical Therapist Assistant

At UE, Doctor of Physical Therapy students complete 1200 hours of full-time, in-the-clinic experience. Physical Therapist Assistant students complete 720 hours.

Requirements and Applications

It is the applicant’s responsibility to review the Physical Therapist Assistant Program’s application and admission requirements, deadlines, and the Essential Functions for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program prior to submitting his or her application.

Application deadline for Fall 2016 is July 15, 2016.

Criminal Background Check - A criminal background check is required annually for PTA students. A positive result may prohibit a student from completing the PTA degree or securing licensure after graduation.

Health Insurance - PTA students must have health insurance.

Essential Functions for the PTA

Select the type of applicant below to jump to their specific information:

  • Freshman Applicant - Application materials and requirements for high school seniors or adults with no previous college experience.

  • Transfer/Second Degree Seeking Applicant - Application materials and requirements for applicants who have completed college coursework at a college or university other than the University of Evansville.

  • University of Evansville Applicant - Application materials and requirements for applicants who are currently attending the University of Evansville.


Freshman Applicant

Admission Criteria

A high school senior who wishes to apply for admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program 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 admission consideration. It is also strongly recommended that the student completes a physics course in high school.

To be considered for admission to the PTA Program, an applicant must:

  • complete the undergraduate application for admission to the University, identifying Physical Therapist Assistant as the intended major.
    • If the applicant plans to complete an undergraduate degree in addition to the PTA degree, he or she will apply for admission into the PTA Program during the junior or senior year of college.
  • request official high school transcripts to be sent to: University of Evansville, Office of Admission, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47722.
  • have a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher.
    • This level of GPA must be maintained through the spring semester.
  • have a grade of C or higher in one high school math and one high school science course.
    • A grade of C- does not meet this requirement.
  • have completed a minimum of 20 volunteer or observation hours under the supervision of licensed physical therapists or physical therapist assistants. These experiences must be completed at two different types of settings.
    • It is important to have observed a variety of treatments and different types of disorders.
    • Complete all information requested.

Interview and Admission

  • Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.
    • Virtual interviews may be possible for applicants who have previously met with someone from the Department of Physical Therapy.
  • Applicants accepted for admission will be notified by mail.
  • Admission is limited to 16 students. After 16 seats are filled, other qualified applicants will be placed on a wait list. If an admitted applicant declines our offer of admission, the highest ranked wait listed applicant will be notified. The wait list will be maintained until August 15.

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For questions, please contact Sherri Chambliss, the Department of Physical Therapy’s director of admission and advising, at 812-488-2345 or 800-488-8633, extension 2345 or by e-mail sc9@evansville.edu


Transfer/Second Degree Seeking Applicant

To be considered for admission to the PTA Program, an applicant must:

  • complete a University of Evansville Transfer Application, identifying Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) as the intended major.
    • If the applicant plans to complete an undergraduate degree in addition to the PTA degree, he or she will apply for admission into the PTA Program during the junior or senior year of college.
  • complete the PTA Supplemental Application.
  • for applicants with less than 24 hours of college credit, submit official high school transcripts and official SAT or ACT scores (these scores are often noted on high school transcripts).
  • request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to be sent to: University of Evansville, Office of Admission, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47722.
  • have a college GPA of 2.75 or higher.
    • This level of GPA must be maintained through the spring semester.
  • have a grade of C or higher in one college level math and one college level science course.
    • A grade of C- does not meet this requirement.
  • have completed a minimum of 20 volunteer or observation hours under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. These experiences must be completed at two different types of settings.
    • It is important to have observed a variety of treatments and different types of disorders.
    • Complete all information requested.

Interview and Admission

  • Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.
    • Virtual interviews may be possible for applicants who have previously met with someone from the Department of Physical Therapy.
  • Applicants accepted for admission will be notified by mail.
  • Admission is limited to 16 students. After 16 seats are filled, other qualified applicants will be placed on a wait list. If an admitted applicant declines our offer of admission, the highest ranked wait listed applicant will be notified. The wait list will be maintained until August 15.

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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University of Evansville Applicant

To be considered for admission to the PTA Program, an applicant must:

  • complete the PTA Application for the Current University of Evansville Student
  • request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be sent to: Sherri Chambliss, Director of Admission and Advising, Department of Physical Therapy, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47722.
  • have a college GPA of 2.75 or higher.
    • This level of GPA must be maintained through the spring semester.
  • have a grade of C or higher in one college level math and one college level science course.
    • A grade of C- does not meet this requirement.
  • have completed a minimum of 20 volunteer or observation hours under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. These experiences must be completed at two different types of settings.
    • It is important to have observed a variety of treatments and different types of disorders.
    • Complete all information requested.

Interview and Admission

  • Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.
  • Applicants accepted for admission will be notified by mail.
  • Admission is limited to 16 students. After 16 seats are filled, other qualified applicants will be placed on a wait list. If an admitted applicant declines our offer of admission, the highest ranked wait listed applicant will be notified. The wait list will be maintained until August 15.

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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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.