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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) is designed to prepare individuals to effectively assist in treatment and assessment of physical therapy patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) is designed to prepare individuals to effectively assist in treatment and assessment of physical therapy patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Both pre-requisite and clinical courses are included in the curriculum.


Applications to the PTA Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University are due on or before January 1 for the June class. A maximum of 26 students every year are accepted into the program.


To be considered for admission to the PTA Program, all applicants must complete the entire PTA application process by January 1 and meet the minimum admissions criteria listed below:

    • Meet all University minimum admission criteria at the time of application
    • Minimum grade of C in all pre-requisite course work in the degree plan
    • Minimum GPA of:
      • 2.0 in all college level courses pursued
      • Recommended 2.75 in Arts and Science pre-requisite courses listed in the PTA Curriculum Plan (applicants who fail to meet minimum gpa requirements may be enrolled in the PTA Program after consideration by the program director, but may be required to take additional course work.)
    • Completion of, or enrollment in, at least 26 credit hours of pre-requisite course work at the time of application, including:
      • WRIT 1310
      • ACSM 1110
      • MATH 1315
      • BIOL 2310
      • BIOL 2311
    • Completion of 100 (recommended) volunteer or work experience in a physical therapy clinic or dept. ( (It is recommended that the student have some inpatient exposure)
    • Priority is given to:
      • Applicants who complete all pre-requisite courses prior to enrollment in the PTA Program
      • Applicants who have completed Arts and Science pre-requisite courses at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University


  • It is recommended that the 100 hours of volunteer/work experience includes hours in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
  • Volunteer or Work Experience in a Physical Therapy Department--This provides the opportunity to explore the practice of physical therapy, roles of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, and settings in which physical therapy is practiced
    • Applicants must document the recommended minimum of 100 hours in at least one Physical Therapy Department (forms are provided in the application packet)
    • Volunteer hours must be completed prior to enrollment in the program
  • Three letters of reference from employers, counselors, advisors, mentors, or instructors, who can attest to the applicants academic abilities, personal characteristics and perseverance (reference forms provided in the application packet)
  • Completed application form, with official transcripts of college grades from all colleges/universities attended
  • Additional documentation of evidence of life experiences, extraordinary accomplishments and personal attributes that attest to the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the PTA Program: personal characteristics, proven leadership experiences, effective communication skills, effective time management and organizational skills, ability to overcome academic challenges, community service activities, motivation and initiative, application of critical thinking and problem solving skills, cross cultural experiences
    • Life Experiences that may have prohibited academic success but contributed to overall personal development. The following are provided as examples only: family crisis, financial hardships, educational hardships, personal conflict, etc.
    • Extraordinary Educational Achievements/Accomplishments: honors courses, participation in academic clubs, additional degree or certification, recipient of academic scholarships

Length of Program

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is designed in two parts. Part one is made up of 34 hours in pre-requisite courses, which can be completed on a part-time basis or within 1 year as a full-time student. The completed arts and sciences courses are considered the first year of the PTA associate degree program. Students are enrolled in the clinical portion of the curriculum on a competitive entry basis. Once enrolled, a student attends three consecutive full-time semesters (36 credit hours) in order to complete the degree requirements for an Associate of Science degree.

Application Procedures

Contact the Office of Admissions at 225-768-1700 for information on applying to the Program and to pick up a Request for Clinical Application Form. It is required that this completed form be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to your receipt of an application packet. A complete list of required courses is available on the Program Admission Requirements page for Physical Therapist Assistant.


See the undergraduate Tuition & Fee Schedule.

Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at See Financial Aid for more details.


See Transfer Equivalencies regarding transferability of courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. Credit for university level achievement may be awarded through the CLEP and/or ACT examination. Time limits for transferability of some courses may exist. Information is available in the Office of Admissions.

Graduation Rate/Licensure Passage/Employment Outlook

The 3 year average (2014-2016) program graduation rate is 100%; licensure passage rate is 97.4% and employment of licensed graduates is 100%.  PTA positions are available in a variety of clinical settings across the state and throughout the country.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone:703-706-3245;; website:

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