Physical Therapist Assistant

Accepted Students

Requirements after the Student is Accepted into the Program

  1. Secure his/her position in the class by contacting the Program Director in writing stating his/her intention to begin the program; if letter of intent is not received by the date indicated, an alternate student will be admitted to the program; failure to start the program results in a loss of acceptance for admission status
  2. Meet with Program Director at scheduled time to review program requirements, receive appropriate forms, and ask questions regarding PTA program requirements/policies; student will be contacted by mail at the address of record in reference to scheduling an advisement/registration appointment; failure to meet with Program Director will result in forfeiture of the student’s acceptance in the program, and an alternate student will be admitted to the program
  3. Complete physical exam and required immunizations (fees paid by student); forms are distributed to student by Program Director
  4. Complete a satisfactory criminal background check as designated by the program by May 1* (fees paid by student)
  5. Complete drug screening as designated by the program* (fees paid by student)
  6. Purchase uniforms, lab jackets, and shoes during the first semester of the program

*An unsatisfactory background check and/or positive drug screening test will negate program admission.

Conduct and Health

In addition to meeting the PTA program requirements for admission, a student’s conduct and health status must also meet the standards of the clinical agencies.


Effective August 16,2022, Wabash Valley College Physical Therapist Assistant Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (618) 263-5548 or email Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.
Candidacy is considered to be an accredited status, as such the credits and degree earned from a program with Candidacy status are considered, by CAPTE, to be from an accredited program. Therefore, students in the charter (first) class should be eligible to take the licensure exam even if CAPTE withholds accreditation at the end of the candidacy period. That said, it is up to each state licensing agency, not CAPTE, to determine who is eligible for licensure. Information on licensing requirements should be directed to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT; or specific state boards (a list of state boards and contact information is available on FSBPT's website.)