Application Instructions

 

1.  Apply to Wallace State Community College Admissions- If currently attending WSCC and have completed the following, see Meet Physical Therapist Assistant Program Requirements in section below.
 Applicant must meet the following Wallace State Community College admission criteria:

  1. Apply to WSCC Admissions. Upon acceptance, you will receive your student number and are ready to apply to the Health Science Program.
  2. Official college transcripts from each college previously attended must be submitted to WSCC Admissions. The Health Science program will not have access to these documents. We recommend you request an official copy be sent to Admissions and at the same time, an unofficial copy sent to you. You will use this unofficial copy for your Health Science application.
  3. Official ACT Scores must be submitted to WSCC Admissions for accurate course placement. ACT Scores can be submitted using a high school transcript or an official score report from ACT. The Health Science application will also require a PDF copy of the ACT scores.
  4. If seeking Financial Aid, complete FAFSA application (fafsa.gov), School Code: 007871 by June 1.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that all information is on file in Admissions. 

 

2.   Meet Physical Therapist Assistant Program Requirements
      Applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete all PTA required general education (prerequisite) courses prior to the application deadline. The prerequisite courses are those listed in semesters 1 and 2 of the program pathway. (Applicants who finish the prerequisite in the summer term can still aply but will not be considered on the first round of admissions.)
  2. Possess a minimum of 3.0 or greater grade point average on a 4.0 scale with a “C” or better in all general required courses.  GPA points calculated for program selection will be based on the general required prerequisite courses only.
  3. Possess a minimum of 20 ACT composite score. (Can be national, residual or superscore.)
  4. Complete of a minimum of 24 hours of observation at no less than 2 different facilities.
  5. Submit the online PTA application with all required attachments by deadline of June 1st.
  6. Student must meet the essential functions and technical standards required for the program as documented on the required WSCC physical form. Form to be completed upon program acceptance; view now for reference only.

 

Each health program has an online program application process which requires documents to be uploaded and submitted by June 1st for evaluation.  All information must be uploaded to each online application to be complete.  Information will NOT be accepted in person, by mail/email or via fax. Any missing documentation may result in your application being disqualified.

The application must be prepared by the applicant. Mailing address, email, and phone number must be current in order to receive correspondence. Please check email periodically for application notifications.  Applicants will be notified by mail/email of your acceptance outcome by July 1st. No information regarding individual admission status will be given via telephone; do not call Admission or the program directly to obtain status. Log in to your account to review application.

Note: All required documents must be uploaded to the application in PDF format.

3.  Before you start the application, you will need
     

  1. General Education Worksheet - Must be printed and completed using a black ink pen. The light grey shaded areas are required.
    Print General Education Worksheet

Save file as – your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME GPA.pdf  (Use this naming format in all areas.)

  1. Observation Form - Completed Clinical Experience Documentation Form from at least 2 completely separate physical therapy businesses/departments showing a minimum of 24 hours.
    Print Observation Form

Save file as – your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME OBS.pdf  (Use this naming format in all areas.)

  1. ACT composite score - Upload the National, Residual or Superscore Test score report received froom ACT. Degree Works or transcripts with ACT score are also acceptable.
    Save file as – your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME ACT.pdf
  1. Transcript - Print most current unofficial transcript from each college previously attended. Highlight highest grade received for courses listed on General Education Worksheet. College name must be on each transcript.  The unofficial transcript must include all pages (even blank ones).  WSCC Admissions office CANNOT print transcripts from other colleges. The WSCC transcript can be obtained from your MyWallaceState account.
    1. For each individual college transcript,
      Save file as – your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME college name.pdf
    2. If submitting CLEP or AP credit, an official score report must be included.
      Save file as – your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME AP.pdf
  1. Acknowledgement Forms - Must be printed and signed using a black ink pen.

Print Acknowledgement Forms

    1. Save file as - your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME ackform.pdf

Any missing documentation will result in your application being declined.
When all documents above are gathered, scanned and named correctly proceed to application link below.

 

How to Scan to PDF
All documents must be named as directed above and uploaded to the online application. Document format must be PDF with 16 MB limit.  All documents must be legible to be valid. All pages of document (even blank pages, full set of page numbers) must be uploaded to be complete. ** Only one image per page. If document contains multiple pages, these pages MUST be batched together into a single PDF document.

  1. Download the Free Cam Scanner App to your smart phone, https://www.camscanner.com/  
  2. Set up Free Basic Account.  See free tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZRaIwludu8 or http://www.simidenson.com/camscanner-tutorial
  3. From App, select files to send.
  4. Add applicant email address.  Tap Send.
  5. Open email from computer, rename document as directed above and upload to online application when prompted.

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4. Apply to the Program      APPLICATIONS OPEN MARCH 1 to JUNE 1
First time users will be required to “Create New Account” upon entering the online application. 
In order to receive application notifications, use the most frequently accessed email address to “create new account”.
The application will time out after 45 minutes.  A "Save Progress" button is accessible for your convenience. The draft is saved in My Forms and is not available to WSCC until you complete and submit.  Application is not complete until all documents are uploaded and completed application has been submitted. 
A confirmation email will be sent.

5.  Selection
Meeting Minimal Requirements Does Not Guarantee Acceptance
.  Students are selected on the basis of completion of all program requirements prior to the deadline and ranked based on General Education Worksheet total.

Please check email periodically for application notifications.  Once application information is submitted, it becomes the property of Wallace State Community College and will not be released from this application. Application data is not kept on file from previous submissions.

Accepted students are required to submit to drug screenings and background checks, as well as attend a mandatory program orientation.  Drug Testing Policy and Background Check Policy are available for viewing on the Health Division page.

 

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wallace State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave. Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; Telephone: 703-706-3245; E-mail:accreditation@apta.org; Website: http://www.capteonline.org

 

It is the policy of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees and Wallace State Community College, a postsecondary institution under its control, and the Physical Therapy Assistant Program, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, marital status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender, age, or any other protected class as defined by federal and state law, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity, admission treatment or employment. Wallace State Community College complies with the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended with the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Act of 1974, with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Americans and Disabilities Act and ADA Amendment Act of 2008. The commitment to equal opportunity applies to all aspects of recruitment, employment, and education of individuals at all levels throughout the College.

The policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sex is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 USC paragraph 1681, et. Seq.) and Title 45, Part 86 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The College will not retaliate against any person because they have engaged in a protected activity opposing the College or because they have made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing alleging discrimination on a basis specified above.