The BYU-I PTA program will accept applications during each Spring semester (May-July). Applications are due by 8 am (MT) Monday, July 11th, 2022 for the upcoming Fall semester. 

Step 1 (Program Requirements):

  1. Apply to BYU-Idaho. You can begin your application on the Apply to Church Schools
  2. Contact the College of Ag and Life Science (CALS) Academic Advising Center
  3. It is recommended that you complete at least 1 semester with 12 credit hours or more before applying to the program. Successful completion of at least 12 credits in one semester demonstrates your ability to maintain grades with a decent academic load.
  4. Overall GPA must be 3.0 or higher. You must demonstrate a minimum of a "C" in all pre-requisite courses and the average GPA of the following "core courses" must also be 3.0 or higher: BIO 264/264L, BIO 265/265L, HRHP 359, and HS 280.
  5. You must be able to graduate with the PTA degree with less than 120 credits OR graduate with less than 140 credits with a dual degree (BS & AAS). Please consider these limits when applying. View a listing of all PTA prerequisite and program courses. This will help you verify that you can graduate within these limits. For a specific grad plan, contact the CALS Advising Center.
  6. 60+ hours of job shadowing experience. (20+ in-patient and 40+ Out-patient) *Update:  Beginning 2023, 30 or more Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic hours and 30 or more Acute Care, Rehab/Sub Acute Rehab, Extended Care/Nursing Home/SNF, Home Health, or Pediatric facility hours will be required by the time of application.  

Step 2 (Complete your Application):

The following information will be required for the application:

  1. Total university credits
  2. Grade and course requirements
    1. Core GPA of 3.0 or higher
    2. Core GPA courses completed: BIO 264, BIO 264L, BIO 265, BIO 265L, HRHP 359, and HS 280.
    3. May only be missing 2 of the General Education for Applied Associate Program Course Requirements; including a minimum of 4 Religion credits completed from the 200, 225, 250, and 275 requirement (all other required Religion courses may be taken during the PTA program)
    4. Overall GPA must be 3.0 or higher
  3. Complete 2 letters of recommendation, one from each facility where you obtained your experience hours.  Both recommendations need to be completed by the PT or PTA that you shadowed.
    1. You will need to request access to the letter of recommendation request.
    2. Follow the directions in the survey carefully, then send the link given in the survey to your desired reference (survey link can be used multiple times).
  4. Upload documentation of experience hours: a minimum of 60 total hours are required (20+ in-patient and 40+ Out-patient) *Update: Beginning 2023, 30 or more Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic hours and 30 or more Acute Care, Rehab/Sub Acute Rehab, Extended Care/Nursing Home/SNF, Home Health, or Pediatric facility hours will be required by the time of application.
    1. Download the Experience Hours Form.
  5. Upload background check
    1. Start the  background check
  6. Upload medical exam form signed by a Physician 
    1. Download the Medical Exam Form
  7. Verify that you have read Extra Cost Notification document
    1. View the Extra Cost Notification
  8. Verify that you have read the PTA Student Handbook Review
    1. View the PTA Student Handbook

After acceptance into the program, the following documentation will be due to the Health Programs Outreach Office (BEN 240, PTA@byui.edu) by October 30th (email PTA@byui.edu with any questions or concerns):

  1. A record of following immunizations:
    1. Tdap (within the last 10 years)
    2. MMR (vaccination dates (2) or positive titers)
    3. Hepatitis B (vaccination dates (3) or positive titer- some internship facilities may require the 3 vaccination dates, a current booster, and a responsive Hep B titer 4-6 weeks after the booster)
    4. Varicella/Chicken pox (vaccination dates (2) or positive titer)
    5. Covid (vaccination dates (1) Johnson or (2) Maderna/Pfizer)
  2. CPR card (once it has been completed in class)
  3. 10- panel drug screen (obtained from a facility of your choice)

The following are required by December 1st:

  1. Annual verification of a negative TB/PPD skin test report (a positive result requires a clear chest x-ray report) or a Quanti-FERON Gold TB lab result. Some internship facililities may require a 2-step TB/PPD or Quanti-FERON Gold TB lab result (preferred). A 2-step TB/PPD follows these guidelines:
    • Visit 1, Day 1: PPD antigen is applied under the skin
    • Visit 2, Day 3: PPD test is read (within 48-72 hrs of placement). If positive, it
      indicates TB infection and a chest x-ray and further evaluation is necessary.
    • Visit 3, Day 7-21: a second PPD skin test is applied (for those that test one
      was negative)
    • Visit 4, 48-72 hours after placement: the second test is read. A positive 2nd test indicates TB in the past. Clear chest x-ray and further evaluation is necessary.
  2. Annual flu vaccine (for the current flu season Oct thru March)

Application

    *Update- A new PTA application has been created for the Fall 2022 Semester!

    Please select the PTA Application Request Form below:

    Fall 2022 PTA Application Request Form

    Within 72 hours of submitting the requrest form, the PTA Application will be added to your I-Learn/Canvas section on your BYU-I student account. 

    If you are a transfer student, have been accepted to BYU-Idaho, and have not yet taken any courses from BYU-Idaho, please email pta@byui.edu using your BYU-Idaho email and an Application Form will be emailed to you. 


      If you encounter any issues with the application, please email pta@byui.edu