How are candidates selected?

Candidates are selected for the PTA program using a point system based on the following criteria:

  •  Personal Interview
  • Academic Performance
  • Personal References
  • Personal Statement
  • Writing sample

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May I work while in the program?

Yes, the majority of the students are able to work while in the program, although the program recommends not working more hours than can be manageable (usually 20 to 24 hours per week).

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Are scholarships available?

Information on financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at (309) 796-5447.

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Will the PTA degree transfer toward a PT degree?

Students interested in pursuing a Master or Doctorate of Physical Therapy should contact the specific PT program for more information on transferable courses. Generally, only the biology and general education classes are transferable.

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Will applying early increase my chances of being accepted?

Yes, as the selection process is very competitive. Applications will be accepted starting September 1. Applications postmarked on or before October 31 will be granted an interview in February. Applications postmarked after October 31 will be notified of an interview if there are remaining spots available in the upcoming class.

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Is there a waiting list?

No. The program reviews the application pool every year and students not selected must re-apply to be considered for the next class.

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Are any classes online?

Presently, only general education courses may be offered online.

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