Apply to the Program

Application Process  |  Admission to the Program  |  Program Progression

Applications will be accepted beginning Aug. 1, 2015 and are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2015 for the PTA Class beginning in January 2016.  
 
Acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is contingent upon completed receipt of a completed application, forms, documented immunizations, a satisfactory background check (if needed for clinical internships) and successful completion of any remaining prerequisites. It's the applicant’s responsibility to furnish all required paperwork. Failure to provide all required information by the application deadline may cause the applicant to be ineligible for consideration during that term. If the class doesn't fill by the deadline, applications will continue to be accepted until the class is full.
 
Due to program accreditation requirements, the program is limited to 20 students a year. Students completing program prerequisites may apply in the fall for the upcoming spring semester. Selection is based on a student’s grade point average, prerequisites completed, the date the application was received and other criteria as noted. Final acceptance will be contingent upon successful completion of program prerequisites, a health physical and background check.

Application Process

For admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program, students need to complete the following steps: 

Step 1

Complete an application for acceptance to Laramie County Community College. Students who are currently enrolled or have previously attended LCCC need not re-apply. Application to LCCC is free and materials and forms are available online at LCCC's website.

Step 2

Completion of, or current enrollment in of all prerequisite classes is required. Courses completed for a previous degree may exempt a student from prerequisite classes depending upon course work and level of course work completed. All prerequisites must be completed or should be in progress with a grade of “C” or better by the application deadline. Minimum cumulative GPA requirement for all college level course work is 2.5 or higher. 

Step 3

Provide a copy of all college transcripts to the LCCC PTA Program Director and an official transcript to the Admissions Office. All official transcripts should be sent to the Admissions Office at 1400 E. College Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82007. Unofficial or copies of transcripts may be used for the PTA application only and should be sent to the PTA program director. 

Step 4

Pre-admission observation: Applicants are REQUIRED to complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation/volunteer or work related time in a physical clinic. It would be to the advantage of the applicant to have some of those hours in a hospital or long term care facility to better understand the role of the PTA. Observation forms should be signed by the supervising clinician and submitted with the application packet. Extra points will be awarded for those who are involved in employment related to the health care field. 

Step 5

Complete and return the PTA Program application to the program director's office (HS 340) or the administrative assistant's office (HS 216). Include the application, essay question, copies of all transcripts and "in progress" grade report forms. Typewritten responses are preferred and highly encouraged. 

Step 6

Three letters of recommendation (included in the application packet) must be submitted as part of the completed application process. All references should be professional in nature.  Professional references would include former or current supervisors and instructors. No relatives may be used as references. These forms are to be returned directly to the LCCC PTA program director under separate cover by the individual completing the form. Reference letter should be signed across the envelope seal.

Step 7

All applicants have the option to schedule a pre-admission advising appointment to discuss their academic plan. Faculty members will be available for pre-advising on an appointment basis only.  Students can call or email to set up pre-advising. 

Step 8

Submit all application materials to the following address:
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Laramie County Community College
Health Science Building, Room 340
1400 E. College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007-3299

Admission to the Program

After Oct. 1, all completed applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of faculty members and other physical therapy personnel. LCCC doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, color, nation origin, sex, age, religion, political affiliation or disability in admission of access to, or treatment of employment in, its educational programs or activities.
 
PTA program selection criteria:
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Selection Committee will be the individuals to consider the applications submitted by prospective PTA students. They will use the following point scale, maximum of 250 points. Grade achieved will be multiplied by 4 points to determine total points for each prerequisite course. From the pool of applicants, the prospective PTA students will be screened. Applicants having completed all requirements will be considered first. Applications with requirements not met at the time of application may be provisionally admitted pending fulfillment of ALL requirements. Future classes will likely be required to meet all requirements before the application will be considered. All people submitting an application will be notified of their admission status following the selection process. A maximum of two points will be awarded for classes that are in progress at the time of application.

 

Point Scale 
ITEM POINTS
Math 1400 Pre-Calculus Algebra or  higher (3-4 credits) 4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 3
ENGL 1010 English (3 credits) 4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 3
ZOO 2010 Anatomy/Physiology or  ZOO 2015 Human Anatomy (4-5 credits) 4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 4
CO/M 1010 Public Speaking or  CO/M 1030 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits) 4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 3
HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology (2 credits) 4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 2
ZOO 2120 Anatomy/Physiology II or  ZOO 2025 Physiology (4-5 credits) 4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 4

POLS 1000 American and Wyoming Government

     or  HIST 1211 U.S. History to 1865

     or  HIST 1221 U.S. History 1865 to Present

     or  HIST 1251 Wyoming History

     or  ECON 1200 Economics, Law, and Government (3 credits) 

--state statutory requirement

4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 3
EDST 2450 Human Lifespan Development (3 credits) 4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 3
Computer Literacy (1 credit) 4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 1
Physical Education Activity Course (1 credit) 4(A), 3(B), 2(C)          X 1
Overall College GPA 6(3.5 or above), 5(3.0 or above), 4 (2.5 or above), 3(2.0 or above)    X 4
Previous College Degree(s) 10 Points for a Bachelor Degree
Employment in a Physical Therapy department/clinic, as PT Aide, six months or more 20 Points
Other employment in a related health care field 10 Points
Physical Therapy observation hours

15 Points (80 hours or more),

10 Points (40 hours or more),

5 Points (20 hours)

Reflective Essay 30 Points max.
1st Letter of Reference 15 Points max.
2nd Letter of Reference 15 Points max.
3rd Letter of Reference 15 Points max.

 

Should students receive identical scores, the date of receipt of the applications may be considered in determining priority. Final selection will be made and the students will be notified. An alternate list will be made to fill any cancellations.
 
LCCC's program doesn't use an annual waiting list; therefore, students not selected for admission into the physical therapist assistant program must initiate the admission process the following year before being reconsidered. All students’ applications not selected will be kept for one year after the deadline and will then be destroyed.
 
Note: The PTA Program Admission is contingent upon successful completion of in-progress prerequisites. If the student doesn't successfully complete the in-progress courses, admission to the program will be voided.

Progression

To progress in the PTA program, the student must:
  1. Maintain a minimum grade of “C” in each required PTA and support courses. A support course is any course that does not contain the PTAT prefix. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above is required prior to and after acceptance into the program
  2. Take PTA program specific courses in sequence.