PTA Program - Student Profile

The average student age over the past several years has been between 22 and 30. However, 12% 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 2013 Students who will graduate in December 2014
Number of applicants who met minimum requirements  132
Number admitted  24
Number on waiting list  10
Historical Demographics of the PTA Classes (three year averages)
Average number admitted 25
Percentage of women in each class 65%
Percentage of men in each class 35%
Percentage of Caucasian students in each class 86%
Percentage of students of other ethnicities/races 14%
Percentage of students who are married at admission 43%
Percentage of students who marry during the program 5% or less
Percentage of students with dependents who need care 32%
Percentage of students who worked during part of program 80%
Percentage of students with bachelor's degrees 42%
Percentage of students with associate's degrees 20%
 Percentage of students with master's degrees 3%
Retention rate (overall) over three years

98% who enter, graduate

85% 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% for 2014
First time pass rate for December 2012 graduates

24 students took the exam in January 2014, 100% passed


Three year ultimate pass rate 100%
Percentage of students who are now or who have gone on to attain other degrees (estimated) 5%

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