Physical Therapist Assistant Selection Criteria: Point System

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program, offered by the Health Sciences Institute at EFSC, has limited enrollment. Admission to the program is based on a point system in which the Selection Committee confirms and tabulates the points accumulated by each applicant by the application deadline. The top candidates will then be notified for an interview. Following the interviews, the top 16 applicants will be sent letters of acceptance. Applicants interviewed but not accepted may be placed on the alternate list and admitted only if an accepted applicant declines a spot through the first week of class.

Application files must be completed and submitted to the Health Science Admissions and Advising office (Melbourne Campus, Building 15, Room 101) by May 15th. Application files must include:

  • Online application to the PTA program, with application fee paid online or to the cashier’s office
  • All unofficial transcripts: student copy from all colleges and universities attended, including EFSC
  • Physical Therapy Experience Form: must be completed by Supervisor(s)
  • Advisement Card (no copies permitted)
  • Group Open House Card (no copies permitted)
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • TEAS test scores
Entrance Test

As an entrance requirement, all applicants must take the TEAS Test (Test of Essential Academic Skills). PTA applicants may take the TEAS twice before the application deadline; the highest score earned will be used. Please note: the Eastern Florida State College Testing Office will only allow applicants to take the TEAS test once a year; therefore, any second attempts within the year must be taken at another institution.  We will accept TEAS scores taken within two years of the application deadline.

Points for TEAS VI scores:  Applicants should earn a minimum of 58% on the overall score to be considered. Points will not be given for students receiving scores between 58 and 59.9%, as this is a minimal expectation for program admission.  Scores greater than 59.9% will be awarded the following points:

91-100% 15 points
86-90.9 % 13 points
81-85.9 % 11 points
76-80.9 % 9 points
71-75.9 % 7 points
66-70.9 % 5 points
60-65.9 % 3 points
Grade Point Average

All applicants are required to have at least a 2.5 GPA. The most recent grade point average will be used. For the college grade point average to be used, at least 12 credit hours of college courses must be completed.
Please Note: 4 credit hours of science must be included in the 12 credit hours from college.

 Grade Point Average    Points   G.E.D.
 4.0 20  350-375
 3.8 - 3.99 18  325-349
 3.5 - 3.79 16  300-324
 3.0 - 3.49 14  275-299
 2.5 - 2.99 12  250-259


Physical Therapy Experience

All applicants are encouraged to participate in physical therapy observation hours prior to applying. 10 bonus points will be given for applicants who perform 20 hours of observation in at least 2 out of the 3 settings (acute/inpatient rehab, sub-acute, or outpatient). Applicants must complete the PTA Clinical Experience Form and submit by the application deadline. Please note, larger corporations may require students to apply to their volunteer program in order to complete their observation hours. It is recommended that students  contact the volunteer office first. This process takes a significant amount of time, and therefore students are HIGHLY encouraged to begin seeking out shadowing opportunities the summer prior to applying to the program. Shadowing hours will be accepted within two years of the application deadline. 

Letters of Recommendation

Each application is required to have at least one letter of recommendation. Additional letters will be awarded 2 points each, for a maximum of 4 points, if the recommendation letter displays positive characteristics of the applicant. No more than three letters will be reviewed and they must come from an academic instructor, a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant. Letters of recommendation MUST be on company letterhead in order to be accepted and awarded points, and must be written within one year of the application deadline. Letters from High School Instructors will be accepted if graduation from high school has been within one year of the application deadline. 

Health Science Advisement Session

Applicants who have completed an advisement session with a Health Science Student Advisor, as evidenced by a signed advisement card, will receive 5 points. This card can only be obtained from a Health Science Student Advisor, and no duplicates will be issued. If lost, the student must attend another advisement session for another card. The card is valid for only 1 year after the issue date. The Health Science Advising office locations, contact numbers and hours can be found on the Contact Us page.  Appointments are not required. 

Program Open House

Each applicant will receive 3 points for attending a Program Open House regarding the Associate Degree Physical Therapist Assistant program. Program Open Houses are hosted in the few months prior to the application deadline, once in the fall, and once in the spring. These sessions are provided to ensure that interested students thoroughly understand the admissions process. Cards will be issued at the orientation as proof of attendance - no duplicates issued. Applicant must submit their signed Program Open House Card with their application packet. If lost, students will be required to attend another Program Open House to receive another card.  Open House Cards are only valid for the current admissions cycle.

Bonus Points for Specific College Course Work

Only courses completed within the last five years of the application deadline can be used for bonus points.  However, General Biology II or Advanced Medical Terminology may be used in place of the General Biology 1 or Medical Terminology, listed below. Points awarded will then be at the discretion of the PTA admissions committee. 

Each of the following courses are worth a maximum of 5 points each for a total of 15 possible points.  An "A" is worth 5 points, a "B" is worth 3 points and a "C" is worth 1 point.

  • General Biology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Introduction to Health Care

Each of the following courses are worth a maximum of 10 points each for a total of 20 possible points.  An "A" is worth 10 points, a "B" is worth 7 points and a "C" is worth 5 points.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II

Please see a Health Science Advisor regarding any exceptions to the above year requirement. Students are NOT required to repeat courses that they have already taken, but bonus points will ONLY be awarded if the course is taken within 5 years of the application deadline.

Students who have successfully completed Advanced Placement Courses (with a score of 3, 4, or 5) and have chosen not to repeat the above courses, will receive 3 points for each course.

Courses which have earned credit through CLEP will not be accepted.

Please review the program’s plan of study. Students must be enrolled during the summer of 2020 or have taken the following courses prior to the start of the fall 2020 semester in which they are accepted into the program:

  • HSCC 1000: Introduction to Health Care
  • BSCC 1010: General Biology
  • HSC 1531: Medical Terminology
  • ENC 1101: Communications I

Students who have elected to take the above courses during the summer prior to the fall program start MUST submit a summer schedule indicating their enrollment. Should a student not successfully pass the above courses, their position in the program will no longer be valid.

Note: The Physical Therapist Assistant admissions committee reserves the right to give special consideration for repeat applicants who have met the admission criteria and students previously withdrawn from the Program.


Following the application deadline, the top candidates will be notified by phone and scheduled for an interview with members of the admissions committee. The 2020 interviews will be conducted on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 8 AM until 6 PM on the Melbourne campus. Interested candidates must be available during this time or they will forfeit their seat in the program. Candidates are required to bring a one-page, typed essay to the interview stating why they have chosen to pursue a career as a PTA. 

Above criteria are subject to change at the discretion of the PTA Program Faculty and EFSC Administration.