Apply to the Program

Application Process  |  Admission to the Program  |  Program Progression

Applications will be accepted beginning Aug. 18, 2014 and due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 5, 2014.  
 
Acceptance into the 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 is 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 does not fill by the deadline, applications will continue to be accepted until the class is filled.
 
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 consideration to the PTA program, please complete the following steps: 

Step 1

Complete an application for acceptance to LCCC. Students who are currently enrolled at LCCC need not re-apply. 

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 one 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 with the application to be sent to the program director. 

Step 4

Pre-admission observation: Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of 20 hours of observation/volunteer or work related time in a physical therapy 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 complete the observation/volunteer hours or 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 essay question at the end of the application. Typewritten responses are preferred and highly encouraged. 

Step 6

Three letters of recommendation are included in the application packet and must be submitted as part of the completed application. At least two references should be from a former or current supervisor and/or instructor. No relatives may be used as references. These forms are to be returned to the LCCC PTA program director under separate cover by the individual completing the form. 

Step 7

All applicants have the option to schedule a pre-admission advising appointment to discuss their education plan. Faculty members will be available for pre-advising on an appointment basis only. Please call or e-mail 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
1400 E. College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007

Admission to the Program

After September 1, all completed applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of faculty members and other physical therapy personnel. Laramie County Community College does not 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 utilize 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 persons 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.

Item Points:

  • Math 1400 Pre-calculus Algebra or higher (3 cr.): 4(A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • ENGL 1010 English (3 cr.): 4(A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • ZOO 2015 Human Anatomy (4 cr.): 4(A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • CO/M 1030 Interpersonal Communication or CO/M 1010 Public Speaking (3 cr.):4(A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology (2 cr.): 4A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • ZOO 2125 Physiology (4 cr.): 4(A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • POLS 1000 or HIST 1211 or HIST 1221 or HIST 1251 or ECON 1200 (3 cr.) – state statutory requirement: 4(A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • EDST 2450 Human Lifespan Development (3 cr.): 4(A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • Computer Literacy (1 cr.): 4(A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • Physical Education (1 cr.): 4(A), 3(B), 2(C) x 4 points
  • Overall GPA-College: 5 (3.5 or above), 4 (2.5 or above), 3 (2.0 or above) x 4 points
  • Employment in a PT dept/clinic, as PT aide, 6 months or more 20 points
  • Other employment in a related healthcare field 10 points
  • Physical therapy observations hours: 10 points (80 hours or more), 7 points (40 hours), or 5 points (20 hours)
  • Reflective Essay 20 points max
  • 1st Letter of Reference 10 points max
  • 2nd Letter of Reference 10 points max
  • 3rd Letter of Reference 10 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.
 
Our program does not 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. Students applying for a second year will be awarded 10 bonus points.
 
Note: The PTA Program Admission is contingent upon successful completion of in-progress prerequisites. If the student does not 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.