Getting Started


To better your chances of acceptance, all students interested PTA are encouraged to submit their completed application early in the enrollment process which opens in May of each year. The next class will begin Winter 2019.

Please reference the Resources section for additional information.

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 process. Criteria used include: science and non-science, GPA, completion of subject requirements, interview, essay, recommendations, and work or observation/volunteer experience.

Prerequisite College Course Requirements for Admissions

Please complete the check sheet found on the resources page and bring with you to your advising appointment. You are also encouraged to bring college transcripts from colleges where you have completed your prerequisites. Unofficial copies are ok initially, but official copies must be requested and supplied during the application process.


Deadline for PTA applications is April 1st prior to a June start date. Classes may fill sooner than published deadlines based on early completed applications. Applications submitted early are given priority in the admissions process. We encourage students to apply early within the enrollment period, due to the popularity of this program. Waiting or putting off submitting your application or not completing all admissions requirements early on, may decrease your chances of acceptance.

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.