Physical Therapist Assistant Admission Requirements

Semester start date(s): Spring 2015

Spring 2015 Program Application Dates:

  • Application available on January 16, 2014
  • Application review begins on March 17, 2014
  • Application deadline is March 17, 2014

Campus Location(s): Truax

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed the following prior to being considered for program admission:

1. Education Completed:

High School graduation, GED/HSED completion, or an Associate’s or higher documented degree from an institution other than Madison College.

Contact the school(s) or GED/HSED Testing Center and send official transcripts to: Madison College Enrollment Center, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704

Transcripts must be on file prior to the application and/or credential deadline. Applicants are responsible for submitting official transcripts that show completion of any unique course requirements. Visit the Transcripts web page for more information.

Note: In-progress high school transcripts will not delay the processing of a high school senior's admission application, unless additional testing or specific courses are required.

2. Transfer Students:

If transferring from another college/university, applicant is required to submit official transcripts from each college/ university attended. Failure to submit transcripts will result in delayed processing of admission application.

3. Completed Course Requirements:

a) Algebra demonstrated through one of the following:

  • Satisfactory competency test scores (see Test Score Requirements below)
  • One semester of college-level algebra (i.e., Elementary Algebra 10-834-110, College Math 10-804-107, or Applied Math for Chemistry 77-854-756) with a satisfactory grade of C or better.

b) Chemistry demonstrated through one of the following:

  • Two semesters with a grade of C or better of high school chemistry that include lab components (ChemCom, Chemistry for the Community or similar classes do not count) -OR-
  • One semester of college-level chemistry (i.e., General Chemistry 10-806-134 or a higher level course) with a satisfactory grade of C or better.

c) Biology demonstrated through one of the following:

  • Two semesters of high school biology with a grade of C or better each semester -OR-
  • One semester of college-level biology (General Anatomy & Physiology 20-806-206 or a
    higher-level course) with a grade of C or better.

4. Test Score Requirements demonstrated through one of the following:

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

b) ACT: 20 or higher in all subcategories

All applicants must take either the TEAS-V or ACT test. Testing scores from January 1, 2011 to present are considered eligible for admission purposes. Scores older than January 1, 2011 will not qualify and the applicant will need to retest. In unique situations, the testing may be waived if the applicant has a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a science-related field.

If testing results do not meet the requirements above, applicant may complete courses and earn a grade of B or higher (B- or B/C does not meet requirement) to demonstrate competency for admission purposes. Applicants are only able to attempt eligible courses twice in their academic career (e.g. if the course was taken at a previous institution, applicant would only be able to take the course once at Madison College).

Applicants with more than two grades of B-, C, D, F, or W in the required algebra, chemistry/physics, geometry and English courses are not eligible for entry into the program.

5. Residency: Per Wisconsin Statute TCS-10, out-of-state residents cannot be placed on a waiting list and out-of-district residents are not permitted to be placed on a waiting list for a program that closes prior to the out-of-district resident processing date. For admissions purposes, Minnesota residents are processed as out-of-district residents. Refer to the Residency Determination web page for more information.

Start the Application

To access the online admissions application, go to Step 2 on the Admissions Process web page.

Important Notes

• If you do not currently meet all admission requirements, the Patient Care Pathways program can assist in accelerating your progress towards program eligibility. Visit the Patient Care Pathways 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.

• The most recent reflection of your test scores and coursework will be evaluated for admission purposes.

• A grade of C- will not be accepted when "a grade of C or better" is indicated as the requirement.

• Course requirements may differ from admission requirements. Refer to program curriculum for details.

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