Online Application Process


The application period for the PTA program has changed starting with application for the program in 2020.  The application period is February 15-March 15.  Please see more information below.


The PTA Program accepts only online applications using the link below.  Paper applications are not available.

  1. Prior to the opening of the online application, students should have the following documentation ready for uploading:
    • Completed Observation Verification Forms or employment verification forms should be scanned as a PDF file.  Students should have separate forms for each different facility in which they completed observation experiences.  Scan each Observation Verification form separately.   Employment verification letters should:
      • Be printed on the official letterhead of the employer
      • Include the dates of employment
      • Include a description of duties and assignments
      • Be signed by the Rehab Director or Facility Administrator

Documents submitted in any other file type (DOC, JPG, TXT, etc) will not be accepted for meeting the observation hours criteria.

2.  Applications dates:

    • Linkage program application period:

      February 1-15 of each year (the application will be available at 9 a.m. on February 1).
      Linkage applications are open ONLY for prospective candidates from schools with Linkage agreements with Polk State College applying through the Linkage Program (currently, the colleges with Linkage agreements with the PTA program are Hillsborough Community College and Pasco Hernando Community College).

      • PLEASE NOTE: Linkage transmittal forms for any student interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must be received by the Linkage Administrator at Polk State College by 5 pm on January 15 of the intended year of admission.  Prospective Linkage students should contact an academic advisor at their respective colleges for more information and specific instructions.

    • Open application period:

      February 15-March 15 of each year (the application will be available at 9 a.m. on February 15)
      The open application is available for all students applying to the PTA Program.

3.  Upon submitting the online application, students will receive a confirmation email indicating submission of their application.  Submitted applications and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the admission criteria.  The applicant will then receive further communication regarding the status of their application from the program via email once the PTA Program Admissions Committee completes the selection process.  Be advised that submitting an application does not guarantee admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

4.  Application screening: application screening will begin following the application period.  Applications that are incomplete or have missing transcripts and/or have Polk State admission information missing will not be processed.

Apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program  Please note: This link will be activated during the application period as noted above. 

Selection process

  1. The PTA Program accepts 24 students each year to begin the Program in the Fall.  Two seats are allocated to Linkage students  (1 each from Hillsborough Community College and Pasco Hernando Community College.  In the event there are no Linkage applicants, these seats will be re-allocated for candidates in the open application period).   The remaining 22 seats are allocated for candidates in the open application period.
  2. Fifteen additional applicants will be selected as alternates.
  3. Applicants that meet all admission requirements will be included in the selection process.  Selection of candidates and alternates will be based on first come, first qualified procedure.
  4. Candidates for admission and alternates, as well as those not selected, will be notified of their status by email within two weeks of the Admission Committee meeting.