|PTA PROGRAM INFORMATION
|Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 6 PM (canceled)
Monday, February 4, 2013 - 11 AM
Thursday, April 11, 2013 -5:30 PM
Deadline for application packets for the PTA Program entering in Fall 2013 is May 31, 2013.
Click here for Application materials and information for Fall 2013
Click here for an estimated PTA Program cost analysis
Admissions Grading Criteria
Admission to the PTA Program is limited to 16 students and is based on an accumulation of points. A maximum of 58 points is possible. The submitted application is first scored to determine eligibility with the top 40 or so applicants being offered an interview. Of these total points, a maximum of 21 points is possible for grade points in support courses and cumulative GPA’s in Anatomy & Physiology and all college-level sciences. The interview can account for up to 16 points with the same interviewers utilized, all applicants being asked the same questions, and a scoring form utilized. The reference forms and personal letter account for a maximum of 6 points. A student can gain or lose up to 5 points for their score on the HOBET. If considerably more than the minimum required number of observation or work hours is obtained, additional points may be awarded up to a maximum of 2 points. Lastly, a maximum of 4 additional points can be awarded if the student lives in the Kilgore College service area, has taken their support courses at Kilgore College or at a school where there is an articulation agreement in place (i.e. TJC), is a previous applicant, or has participated in physical therapy professional activities. A student can lose points if they fail to follow the instructions in the application packet or have negative comments on the Volunteer/Observation Evaluation Forms.
Drug Screen and Criminal Background Check
If a student is offered a slot in the PTA Program, it is conditional upon successfully completing a drug screen and criminal background check at specific required sites within a narrow time frame. If any positive result shows up on the drug screen, the student has the opportunity to contest or explain the result, but if the result stands, the student will forfeit their slot in the program. If you have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, with the exception of minor traffic violations, you will need to have your criminal history evaluated by the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners to determine eligibility for licensure in the state of Texas. This includes guilty verdicts, no contest pleas, probation, and deferred adjudication. This process is fully outlined on the Licensing Board’s website at www.ecptote.state.tx.us. The applicant should go to this website for instructions and necessary forms to start the process. This process will cost the applicant $50.00 and may take up to 120 days to complete, so the applicant is encouraged to start this process early if applicable. A positive ruling by the Board that this criminal history will not make the applicant ineligible to receive a license in Texas will be required before the applicant can begin the PTA program. The applicant may still apply to the program before the process is complete, but will not be allowed to officially be accepted into the program until the process is complete and the student is deemed eligible for licensure.
The HOBET (Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test) is part of the PTA admissions process, but only for those applicants who have been granted an interview. This exam MUST be taken at the Kilgore College Testing Center because different versions of this exam may be offered at other institutions or facilities. It is a basic exam to test mastery of reading and math but also tests critical thinking and test-taking skills. More information about this test will be provided to those applicants who are required to take the exam.
American Physical Therapy Association
Information about the profession, educational programs across the country, and information on current health care issues.
Texas Physical Therapy Association
Information about physical therapy in the state of Texas.
Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
Information regarding licensure regulations, laws governing the practice of physical therapy in the state of Texas, and includes a list of offenses that might disqualify a person from receiving a license.
Carla Gleaton, P.T., M.Ed.
PTA Program Director & Instructor
Office: TV 113-A
Phone: (903) 983-8148
FAX: (903) 988-7541
Location: Technical Vocational Building (TV)