The Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) is designed to prepare individuals to effectively assist in treatment and assessment of physical therapy patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
To be considered for admission to the PTA Program, all applicants must complete the entire PTA application process by February 1 and meet the minimum admissions criteria listed below:
There are two ways in which a student can qualify for guaranteed admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant program:
**Students transferring in less than 30 hours of coursework may be considered for guaranteed admission. Students falling into this category should call the Admissions office.
Upon entry into the clinical portion of the desired program, ALL students must have successfully completed all program specific admissions requirements.
Note: Applicants with a positive criminal background or record may or may not be accepted to the PTA program, based on the individual nature of the offense. All applicants with a criminal background should plan to meet with the admissions committee to discuss their individual care and also acknowledge that accepting a place within the PTA program comes with some inherent risk of the Louisiana PT Board not granting an applicant with a positive criminal background permission to sit for the PTA licensing exam upon graduation from the PTA program.
The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is to educate and form Franciscan servant leaders who are highly skilled and compassionate physical therapist assistants who are prepared to think critically and deliver holistic patient-centered care. (Revised 3/1/2017)
The goals of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University support the missions of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady and the needs of the physical therapy community. In order to fulfill its educational purpose, the program is committed to:
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The student learning outcomes of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program define the expected performance level of all Program graduates, and are derived from the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Mission and Institutional Goals and the PTA Program Philosophy and Goals. The learning outcomes identify the skills and competencies of the entry level physical therapist assistant as reflected by the current practice of Physical Therapy.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to:
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From 2019-2021 the graduation rate has been 98.72%
For the previous 3 years (2019-2021), the first time pass rate for FranU graduates 93.4%. During this same time, the ultimate pass rate for FranU PTA graduates was 100% (FSBPT.org, 2019). FranU PTA graduate are well above the national average first-time pass rate (83.97%) and national ultimate pass rate (92.27%) during this same time period. (FSBPT.org 2020)
Over the previous three year period (2019-2021), 100% of FranU PTA graduates are employed.
Each year, the PTA program admits students to begin in the summer semester of each year. The application cycle to the PTA program begins in October and concludes February 1 of the following year. During this time, the student interested in the PTA program should consult with the office of advising to begin the process of being admitted to the University and subsequently applying to the PTA program. The office of advising can assist you as you submit all of the documents needed for admission to the University. The office of admissions will review your transcripts and other documents. Once you are admitted into the University, you would next meet again with the office of advising to set your spring semester schedule and begin the process of applying to the PTA program.
The deadline to apply to the PTA program is February 1st. Late application submissions beyond this published deadline will not be considered for the year in which you are applying.
The Office of Admissions will review your college transcript(s) to determine which of the courses you have previously taken will transfer into FranU. When selecting courses at other universities, the student should consider courses that match the course descriptions of the courses required for the FranU PTA program.
The Office of Admissions will consider any online course for transfer credit at FranU. However, the course must match the course description of a similar course offered at FranU. The online course should be offered at the same level as the course at FranU and have appropriate rigor. Lastly, the student must achieve a passing grade in the course (C or better) using the same grading scale used in the similar course offered at FranU.
For more information about the PTA program, email: email@example.com.
The minimum length of the PTA program is 5 semesters, though many students choose to proceed at a slower pace.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a PTA in 2018 was $57,750 per year. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)
With only a few exceptions, the PTA can work in any setting that delivers physical therapy services to patients/clients.
No. The PTA admissions team does NOT need a copy of your log sheet to be submitted as part of your application packet. The PTA admissions committee recommends that the applicant keep their log sheet in the clinic where they work or volunteer. An example template of a log sheet is provided to you at the bottom of the PTA webpage as a courtesy. A component of your online application (CLINICAL REFERENCE FORM) will ask your supervising PT or PTA to indicate the total number or volunteer and work hours you completed in their clinic. The log sheet simply helps you and your clinical supervisor PT or PTA keep track of the total number of hours that you have either worked or volunteered while in their clinic. The log sheet template may be copied as many times as necessary to include all of your accumulated experience.
**Skills that are required to practice as a PTA
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: pta; website: . If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Marty Aime at (225) 214-6965 or email
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