Getting Started


All students interested in admission to the PTA program are encouraged to submit their completed application early in the enrollment process which extends from May to August of each year. The next class will begin Winter 2019.

Subject Requirements

To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in both science and non-science prerequisite courses and must have completed a minimum of 48 quarter units (or 32 semester units) at an accredited college or university. Admission is a selective and competitive process. Criteria used include: science and non-science, GPA, completion of subject requirements, interview, essay, recommendations, and observation/volunteer/work experience.

Prerequisite College Course Requirements for Admissions

The PTA program has established key prerequisite courses as part of the admission process for a couple reasons. First, student success is the primary objective throughout this program. The prerequisite courses selected closely reflect the level of intensity and difficulty of the PTA courses. Second, students need to be aware of the time commitment required to complete the PTA program. Student commitment and focus are critical to ultimate success.

If a student is scheduled for an advising appointment, please reference the sample course progression listed below. Students are encouraged to bring all college transcripts from colleges or universities where prerequisites were completed. Unofficial copies are ok initially, but official copies must be requested and supplied during the application process for admission to Southern.


The deadline for PTA applications is each August 30 prior to a January start date. Southern encourages students to apply early within the enrollment period, due to the popularity of this program. This also allows for ample time to include all the needed requirements for application. Waiting or putting off submitting your application and/or not completing all admissions requirements early on, may decrease your chances of acceptance.

Once the application is closed, all applications submitted will be reviewed for completeness. The top candidates will progress to the interview stage of the process.

International students need to apply early for extended processing. See International student information for further details.

PLEASE NOTE: Grades of C Minus (C-) are not transferable for credit. Credits must be from an accredited college.

Program of instruction

Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Science

The program of instruction outlined below is for students who are enrolled at Southern Adventist University. Courses are taught during daytime hours and usually 4-5 days a week depending on the semester of study. Class times may vary by quarter depending on instructor and classroom availability.

A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required for all courses in the program

If you have questions regarding our PTA program, feel free to call or email our department. You may also set up an appointment to meet with our program director (director’s email) in person. This is a great opportunity for you to see firsthand what Southern Adventist University has to offer. Please call or email us to plan your visit. We request that you bring a copy of your transcripts, the prerequisites sheet, and any questions you may have.

Program Cost

Once a student is accepted into the technical component of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, the following tuition fees apply:

  • Second year cost of program
    • Winter 2019 - $10, 550
    • Summer 2019 - $10, 350
    • Fall 2019 - $10, 550
      • Total = $31, 450

Please note: This is tuition only. Additional fees for housing, books, meals, and/or lab fees may apply. Please refer to the current undergraduate catalog.

Sample Course Progression

First Year

Semester 1
  • BIOL 101 - Anatomy & Physiology I with lab; 4 credits
  • ENGL 101 - Critical Thinking in Academic Reading and Writing; 3 credits
  • PHYS 128 - Exploring Physics; 3 credits
  • NOND 101 - Southern Connections; 1 credit
  • HIST - Historical Perspectives (Any qualified history course); 3 credits
  • RELB 125 - Life and Teachings of Jesus or RELT 177 Christian Spirituality; 3 credits
Semester 2
  • BIOL 102 - Anatomy & Physiology II with lab; 4 credits
  • CPTE 100 - Computer Concepts; 1 credit
  • MATH 215 - Statistics; 3 credits
  • PSYC 128 - Developmental Psychology; 3 credits
  • PEAS 125 - Fitness for Collegiate Life; 1 credit
  • HLED 210 - Medical Terminology; 1 credit
  • RELT 138 - Adventist Heritage, RELT 225 - Last Day Events, or RELT - 255 Christian Beliefs or Any RELB except RELB 125; 3 credits

Second Year 

Semester 3 (Winter)
  • PTAS 110 - Physical Therapy Perspectives; 2 credits
  • PTAS 205 - Therapeutic Modalities with lab; 4 credits
  • PTAS 112 - Kinesiology with lab; 4 credits
  • PTAS 115 - Fundamentals of PT Practice with lab; 4 credits
  • PTAS 212 - Clinical Pathology; 2 credits
Semester 4 (Summer)
  • PTAS 210 - Orthopedic Rehabilitation with lab; 4 credits
  • PTAS 207 - Observation and Measurement with lab; 3 credits
  • PTAS 215 - Neuromuscular Rehabilitation with lab; 4 credits
  • PTAS 235 - Clinical Affiliation I; 4 credits
Semester 5 (Fall)
  • PTAS 218 - Rehabilitation with lab; 4 credits
  • PTAS 225 - Capstone Seminar; 1 credit
  • PTAS 245 - Clinical Affiliation II; 6 credits
  • PTAS 255 - Clinical Affiliation III; 6 credits