Additional PTA Program Information

Program Costs, Tuition and Fees

As part of the Colorado Community College System, ACC offers courses at a very reasonable tuition rate. At today’s tuition rates, the tuition and fees for the 75 credit hours of the PTA degree would only cost a COF eligible student approximately $14,000.00. Students who are Colorado residents may be eligible for participation in the College Opportunity Fund (COF). COF is not a need based financial aid but a subsidy from the State of Colorado for the education of its residents. Apply for your stipend at www.collegeincolorado.org

Non-residents, find tuition information on the ACC Tuition and Fees page.

Students in the PTA program are also financially responsible for nominal costs associated with clinical affiliations potentially including uniforms and travel to and from the clinical facility. Additionally, students are responsible for the cost of Hep B vaccinations (approx. $150.00), MMR vaccinations (approx. $65.00), annual PPD tests (approx. $20.00), CPR and First Aid Certification (variable depending on certifying agency), a background check (approx. $75), and a flu shot (approx. $35.00) and/or drug screen (approx. $50.00) if required by the clinical facility.

Students in the PTA program complete a Professional Development Portfolio, which encompasses all of these areas: Community Service, ACC PTA Club, American Physical Therapy Association Membership, Continuing Education and Career Development.  Students have options of the activities they use to complete each category. Membership in the APTA, which currently costs $100 annually, is an option toward portfolio completion many current students take advantage of. Regardless of choices, completion of the portfolio will require additional out of class time and expenses vary depending on choice. Students are responsible for the financial aspects of portfolio completion.

Ranking Criteria Point System

Admission to this program is competitive and based on a point system of the following criteria after meeting the minimum admission requirements. Applicants will be ranked starting with the highest point value first.  Random selection is used when applicants have been awarded the same number of points.

There is no benefit to submitting your application before May 15 especially if you are submitting it without the documentation you need to earn points as described below. For example, if you are enrolled in a general education course required for your PTA degree during Spring 2018 semester, wait until spring grades are posted, print a copy of your unofficial student transcript, attach it to your application and submit it by 5:00 pm on May 15.

Selection will be based on the following:

  1. Accuplacer/CCPT scores. Required scores must be achieved to be eligible for consideration.
  2. Completion of general education and other required courses.  
  3. Overall college GPA and GPA of general education courses.  (NOTE: a minimum college GPA of 2.50 is required to be eligible for admission.)
  4. Work related or observation time in a Physical Therapy setting.
  5. Letters of Recommendation

If the program receives more than 20 applications, the applicants with the highest number of academic points earned on these selection criteria will be invited back for a personal interview. An interview score is determined for those applicants who advance to the interview stage. Points are awarded according to a grading rubric for skills and behaviors demonstrated. The points are equally divided between six core competencies of Commitment to learning, Personal responsibility, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking skills. Interview points are combined with previously established academic points to determine an overall total application score. This point system is used to determine which applicants are offered admission.

 

Criteria Points

Awarded

GPA

Minimum required GPA is 2.5
Points assigned to the cumulative GPA are as follows:
3.6-4.0 = 15 points
3.3-3.5 = 12 points
3.0-3.2 = 10 points
2.5-2.9 = 5 points
Below 2.5 = not eligible

Total Points Awarded for GPA

_______________________

General Education Courses

Point possibilities: 16 points possible

One point per credit will be awarded for each of the required general education course credits completed with a grade of “B” or better as listed on one’s Arapahoe Community College transcript.  No points are awarded for any completed with a grade of “C” or lower. 

General Education Courses include:

BIO 201 or BIO 106 (4 credits)
COM 115 or COM 125 (3 credits)
ENG 121 (3 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
PSY 235 (3 credits)

Total Points Awarded for General Education Courses

________________________

Application Essay Responses

Points Possible: 10 Points Possible

Points are awarded according to an established grading rubric. Essays are evaluated for 1) Relevance of answer to the question, 2) Thoroughness of answer, 3) Organization and logic of answer and 4) mechanics of writing (spelling, punctuation, grammar, clarity). Each category is equally weighted.

Total points awarded for Application Essay Responses

________________________

Healthcare Experience (Work related or observation time in a Physical Therapy setting)

Visitation point possibilities awarded per setting:
0 - 6 hours = 2 points
7 - 14 hours = 4 points
14 - 21 hours = 6 points
22 - 29 hours = 8 points
30 + hours = 10 points

Total Points Awarded for Healthcare Experience or Observation

________________________

Recommendation Letters

A maximum of 15 possible points - which is the sum of average of ranking on three recommendation letters.

A student will receive the maximum points (15 points) when he/she obtains "outstanding" ranking in all categories specified in the recommendation form as outlined below. Otherwise, an average will be calculated and assigned to the student based on the rankings he/she receives. Rankings are: Outstanding, Above Average, Average, Below Average, Very Poor and Unknown.

Categories:

Ability to express thoughts in writing
Interpersonal communication
Character/personality
Cooperativeness
Enthusiasm
Intellectual capacity
Leadership/initiative
Flexibility
Personal appearance
Professional interest
Reliability
Judgment and problem solving

Total Points Awarded for Recommendation Letters

________________________

Communications skills demonstrated in the personal interview

If the program receives more than 20 applications, the applicants with the highest number of academic points earned on these selection criteria will be invited back for a personal interview.

An interview score (30 points possible) is determined for those applicants who advance to the interview stage. Points are awarded according to a grading rubric for skills and behaviors demonstrated. The 30 points are equally divided between six core competencies of Commitment to learning, Personal responsibility, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking skills.

Total Points Awarded for Communication Skills

_________________________

Candidate Criteria Total Points _________________________

 

Admission statistics

Each year all applications received are evaluated based on the criteria above and compared to the others in that year’s applicant pool. Although there is some variation between years, the successful applicant averages:

  • Completion of 3-4 general education courses with a “B” or better;
  • A cumulative GPAs of at least a 3.0
  • Completion of 25 hours of Physical Therapy Visitation
  • 3 recommendation letters with outstanding ranking in all of them.

Application Facts

Year Number of
Applicants
Complete
Applications
Incomplete
Applications
Primary Reason for Incomplete
2012 85 69 16 No/Low Placement Test Scores, No transcripts, low GPA
2013 75 45 30 No/Low Placement Test Scores, No transcripts, low GPA
2014 64 50 14 No/Low Placement Test Scores, No transcripts, low GPA
2015 64 51 13 No/Low Placement Test Scores, No transcripts, low GPA
2016 75 70 5 No/Low Placement Test Scores, No transcripts, low GPA