PTA Program - Student Profile

The average student age over the past several years has been between 22 and 30. However, 12 percent of our class is 46 years of age or older. Most of our students have families and many have worked in different fields prior to entering the program. We have had students who have been athletic trainers and those who have been bartenders.

What matters most towards becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a motivation to help people.


Data on Fall 2012 Students who will graduate in December 2013
Number of applicants who met minimum requirements  135
Number admitted  24
Number on waiting list  10
Historical Demographics of the PTA Classes (3 year averages)
Average number admitted 25
Percentage of women in each class 70 percent
Percentage of men in each class 30 percent
Percentage of Caucasian students in each class 86 percent
Percentage of students of other ethnicities/races 14 percent
Percentage of students who are married at admission 43 percent
Percentage of students who marry during the program 5 percent or less
Percentage of students with dependents who need care 32 percent
Percentage of students who worked during part of program 82 percent
Percentage of students with bachelor's degrees 40 percent
Percentage of students with associate's degrees 20 percent
 Percentage of students with master's degrees 3.5 percent
Retention rate (overall) over three years

98 percent who enter, graduate

85 percent  of those who left were dismissed for academic reasons

Remaining students chose to leave for family, money, personal reasons and may have "stopped out" because of pregnancy or military placement.

Employment within six months of graduating 100 percent for 2012. Data is not yet available for 2013.
First time pass rate for December 2012 graduates

23 students took the exam in January 2012. 96 percent passed


Three year ultimate pass rate 100 percent
Percentage of students who are now or who have gone on to attain other degrees (estimated) 8 percent

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