Physical Therapist Assistant Admission Requirements

Spring 2017 Application Dates

  • Application available on February 1, 2016
  • Application review begins after March 15, 2016
  • Application completion deadline is March 15, 2016

Application Materials

Applicants must submit all materials by the application completion deadline.

1. Admissions Application

The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it, and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

2. Application Fee

An application fee is required at the time an application is submitted.

3. Official Transcript(s)

Submit one of the following: high school transcript, GED/HSED score report, or college transcript showing an associate degree or higher. Applicants transferring from another college or university must also submit a transcript from each college/university. Transcripts must be sent directly from the school.

4. Official Test Scores

Submit TEAS-V or ACT scores from January 1, 2013 to present. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.

Admission Requirements

This is a rigorous academic program requiring solid competencies in fundamental mathematical and science concepts and demonstrated test-taking abilities. Successful students arrange their schedules to allow for consistent attendance in all classes and significant study time outside of class. Students will be required to demonstrate career-specific essential functional abilities while enrolled in the program.

Applicants must meet the requirements below to be considered for admission. Admission to the program does not guarantee success in the program.

1. Education Completion

Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED, or completion of an associate’s degree or higher. NOTE: High school seniors may submit an in-progress high school transcript.

2. Course Requirements

a) Algebra: One semester of algebra taken in college with a grade of C or better or satisfactory test scores (see below). Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are Elementary Algebra with Apps (10-834-110), College Math (10-804-107), Mathematical Reasoning (10-804-134), Applied Math for Chemistry (77-854-756), or higher.

b) Chemistry: One year of high school chemistry with lab components or one semester of college-level chemistry with a grade of C or better. Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are General Chemistry (10-806-134), or higher. Liberal Arts Chemistry (20-806-200) does not satisfy this requirement. High school chemistry classes must be college-preparatory; Chemistry for the Community or similar classes do not satisfy this requirement. 

c) Biology: One year of high school biology with lab components or one semester of college-level biology with a grade of C or better. Madison College courses that satisfy this requirement are General Anatomy & Physiology (20-806-206), or higher.

d) English:

  • Currently enrolled in high school students:  Six (6) semester of high school English, including one (1) writing course, with a grade of C or higher for each course. 
  • High school graduates: Eight (8) semesters of high school English, including one (1) writing course, with a grade of C or higher.  Or, one (1) college level English course (Written Communication or English 1) with a C or higher.
  • Applicants who have not met the English requirement may satisfy the admissions requirement by earning a grade of C or higher in Written Communications (10-801-195) or English 1 (20-801-201).

Applicants will not be allowed more than one unsuccessful attempt (C- or below) in any one subject area listed above within the last five years.

3. Test Score Requirements

Minimum test score requirements for either TEAS-V or ACT from January 1, 2013 to present:

a) TEAS-V: Composite 58.7%, Reading 69%, Math 63.3%, Science 45.8%, English/Language Usage 60%

b) ACT: 20 or higher in all sub-scores

All test scores must meet the minimum requirement. Testing may be waived on a case-by-case basis if the applicant has a bachelor’s degree or higher in a related biological science. For additional information on the testing admission requirement review the Test Score Admission Requirement Next Steps.

4. Residency

Per Wisconsin Statute TCS-10:

  • Non-resident applicants (both out-of-state and non-district state residents) may only be considered for high-demand programs after May 1 for the upcoming spring term. Non-residents may not be considered for any program which closes prior to May 1.
  • Out-of-state residents may not be considered for any program which has a waitlist.
  • Non-district state residents may be considered for admission to a waitlist after May 1.
  • Minnesota residents are considered non-district state residents for admission purposes.

Non-resident applicants are not eligible for admission consideration to this program due to its early application deadline and an ongoing waitlist.

Refer to the Residency Determination web page for more information.

Important Notes

  • If you do not currently meet all admission requirements, the Health Bridge can assist in accelerating your progress towards program eligibility. Visit the Health Bridge web page or call (608) 246-6262 for more information.
  • For more information regarding the TEAS Test, visit the TEAS Frequently Asked Questions web page.
  • A grade of C- will not be accepted when "a grade of C or better" is indicated as the requirement.
  • Students must attend this program full-time; there is no part-time option due to course sequencing.
  • Course requirements may differ from admission requirements. Refer to program curriculum for details.