PTA Program - Student Profile
The average student age over the past several years has been between 22 and 30. However, 12 percent 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 2012 Students who will graduate in December 2013
|Number of applicants who met minimum requirements||132|
|Number on waiting list||10|
Historical Demographics of the PTA Classes (3 year averages)
|Average number admitted||24|
|Percentage of women in each class||71 percent|
|Percentage of men in each class||29 percent|
|Percentage of Caucasian students in each class||86 percent|
|Percentage of students of other ethnicities/races||14 percent|
|Percentage of students who are married at admission||43 percent|
|Percentage of students who marry during the program||5 percent or less|
|Percentage of students with dependents who need care||30 percent|
|Percentage of students who worked during part of program||78 percent|
|Percentage of students with bachelor's degrees||39 percent|
|Percentage of students with associate's degrees||20 percent|
|Percentage of students with master's degrees||3.5 percent|
|Retention rate (overall) over three years||
98 percent who enter, graduate
85 percent 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 percent (for 2011;not yet available for 2012)|
|First time pass rate for December 2012 graduates||
23 students took the exam in January 2012. 96 percent passed
Two students chose to wait until the April test date. This information will be updated at that time.
|Three year ultimate pass rate||100 percent|
|Percentage of students who are now or who have gone on to attain other degrees (estimated)||8 percent|