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Application Information

Qualified applicants to the PTST Technical Study, which begins January 2015, must complete all program admission requirements and submit the application form and essay by September 15, 2014. Acceptance to technical study is a selective process, as outlined in the program's information packet. Applications and essays will only be accepted electronically; paper forms are not allowed.

Application Status:

To confirm that your application has been received, please contact Theresa Hootman at 440-964-4252 or send her an e-mail.

Application Deadlines                 

  • Ashtabula Campus PTST: September 15th                 
  • East Liverpool Campus PTST: May 1st                 
  • Athletic Trainers Transition: February 1st  

PTST Program Minimum Qualifications

Admission to technical study in for the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology is limited and selective. All applicants must provide evidence that they meet the minimum qualifications to be considered for a seat in the class. Applicants who fail to provide evidence of having the minimum qualifications will not be considered for admission. Having the minimum qualifications does not guarantee acceptance into the PTST technical study. All application materials must be submitted prior to the application deadline.  

  1. An admitted Kent State University student
    1. Apply to Kent State University at  

    2. Pay the required fees.  

    3. Request Official Transcripts from high school and any previous college experience.  

    4. Complete the KSU admissions process, including any required placement assessments 

  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 from the most recent academic experience of 12 credit hours or more
  3. Essential Academic Preparation with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better 
    1. High School or college level algebra (demonstrated by Math 10023 or test score) 

    2. High School or college level biology (demonstrated with any course from the Biology Department) 

    3. High School or college level physics (demonstrated with any course from the Physics Department) 

    4. Complete all developmental coursework prescribed from admissions assessment  

  4. Two (2) Observation Recommendation and Verification Forms (Total 40 hours) 
    1. One experience with a minimum of 20 hours observing in an Inpatient PT setting  

    2. One experience with a minimum of 20 hours observing in an outpatient PT setting. 

    3. Each form signed by a licensed PT or PTA 

    4. Forms faxed directly from the PT clinic to the PTST Program 

    5. Observation experiences must be completed within 30 months of the program start date (Fall Semester).  

  5. Submit the PTST Program Application  
    1. Prepare a typed essay to upload in pdf or Word format with the application.        

      1. 1 page, 12 pt. Times Roman font, double spaced with 1 inch margins        

      2. Why are you interested in a career as a physical therapist assistant?         

      3. What personal and/or professional strengths do you bring to the profession?          

      4. What personal and professional areas need improvement for your success in the profession?         

      5. Define and describe physical therapy in your own words. 

    2. Complete the electronic application (available 6 weeks prior to the application deadline).    

Before you attempt the online application, please make sure you have read the Application Information Packet and have completed your essay. Essays are accepted in Microsoft Word or as a PDF file.   

Selection Process  

All applicants with complete applications, and who meet the minimum qualifications are evaluated and ranked. Seats in the class are offered to the applicants with the highest point total in the selection criteria. If seats in the class are available after the application deadline, enrollment will remain open on a first come, first served basis for applicants with the minimum qualifications, until the class is filled or the semester begins.  

Selection Criteria: When there are more applicants than available seats, applications are ranked with information from the academic record and other submitted application materials. There are 155 possible points in the Selection Criteria.  

  1. Grade Point Average = 40 points 
  2. College courses completed that are required in the PTST degree = 55 points 
  3. Course Bonus for selected Kent courses = 12 points  
  4. Essential Behaviors of qualified applicant = 18 points  
  5. Observation Experience Recommendation = 10 points 
  6. Graded Essay = 20 points     


Pursuant to federal regulations and state law, Kent State University is committed to provide all persons equal access to its programs, facilities, employment, without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or identification as a disabled veteran, or veteran of the Vietnam era. Inquiries regarding federal regulations and state law may be directed to the Office of Affirmative Action, Wright Hall, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio 44242-0001. 

Before you attempt the online application, please make sure you have read the Application Information Packet and have completed your essay. Essays are accepted in Microsoft Word or as a PDF file. 


Application Information Packet    


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