PTA Program Application Instructions

NOTICE: It is the responsibility of the applicant to carefully read all of the information on this page to ensure that program requirements and deadlines are met to satisfy eligibility.

NOTICE: Please be advised that all qualifying Human Anatomy and Physiology lecture and lab courses (8 hours total) must be completed no more than five years prior to the application deadline.

PTA Application Checklist at a Glance:

Application deadline is April 15*

  • BPCC College Admission
  • Request all official transcripts and verify receipt in BPCC Admissions Office
  • Preregistered for all remaining qualification courses and verified potential to finish by the end of summer "B" session.
  • Eligibility meeting in PTA Program Office, B-203 and submission of application packet (Application form, Essential Requirements form, Academic Rating request form)
  • Observation hours or volunteer experience is in progress or nearing completion

CORF and WorkKeys Scores deadline May 1*

  • Clinical Observation Rating Forms must be received by PTA Clinical Selection Committee
  • Obtain WorkKeys Assessment score reports (Listening for Understanding, Locating Information, Reading for Information, and Workplace Observation)

*Applicants are encouraged to complete the application requirements and submit forms as early as possible. If the packet due date falls on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the following Monday.

BPCC College Admissions

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  • Complete all BPCC College Admissions forms
  • Transfer students must complete requestsPDF File for official transcripts to be sent to the BPCC Admissions Office from all previously attended institutions

PTA Application Eligibility Requirements

You are ready to begin your application when you have:

  • Completed no less than 12 college hours of PTA qualification coursework (half in Natural Sciences) or show satisfactory mid-semester progress with at least a 2.5 GPA and a "C" or better in each qualification course.
  • Verified that all official and final transcripts from other institutions have been received by the BPCC Admissions Office and that applicable transfer courses are accessible in LOLA and visible on your BPCC transcript.
  • Verified that you have a minimum of a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all attempted college coursework.
  • Verified that your Human Anatomy and Physiology lecture and lab courses (8 hours total) were completed within 5 years of the application deadline.
  • Registered online to complete the WorkKeys assessments at the BPCC Testing Center prior to April 15. (see detailed description below.)
  • Preregistered for all remaining PTA qualification courses with potential to finish in the spring semester.

Register online for WorkKeys

DO THIS: beginning in the fall semester but no later than April 15

  • Once complete, WorkKeys scores remain eligible for submission in the current or future application cycles. Should an applicant choose to retest, there is a limit of two attempts per assessment per application cycle.
  • You are required to complete and submit scores for four WorkKeys assessments along with other Program application forms. You can register for WorkKeys assessments by using BPCC’s Testing Center’s online registration. You will see two main options—Click to Register Now to Test at BPCC campus OR Click to Register Now to Test at BAFB NTC. You want to test at BPCC. BPCC’s Testing Center is located in Building D Room 203.
  • You will also see a link to WorkKeys. This will be general information about WorkKeys, sample test questions, how to register for practice tests, etc.
  • Once you click on Register Now, you will see a list of major exam categories including WorkKeys – BPCC Physical Therapist Assistant and WorkKeys – Workforce Development. You want to complete the four WorkKeys – PTA assessments. These assessments include Listening for Understanding, Locating Information, Reading for Information, and Workplace Observation. Your cost for each assessment is $18.50. You can schedule one assessment at a time, but you can take several assessments on the same day. Each assessment will require a separate registration, but you can pay for all of them at the same time.
  • Once you click on a WorkKeys assessment, you will select the day and time that you want to test. At BPCC, appointments are normally available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will see links across the top of the page including Main, About, Contact Us, How To Register (step-by-step instructions), Choose Exam (list of exams), and View Cart (pay and check out). You probably won’t need to click on any of these links, but the information is available if you need assistance. You are also welcomed to call BPCC’s Testing Center for assistance. The number is 318-678-6002.
  • Please note: You will also see a section called Acknowledgements for WorkKeys – Physical Therapist Assistant Program. You must review these Acknowledgements and then attest that you understand and will follow the instructions provided. You should print a copy of your registration and bring it to your appointment along with two forms of ID. One ID must be government–issued, signed and include your photo. The other ID only requires your signature.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, please visit the WorkKeys web page or contact BPCC’s Testing Center at or 318-678-6002.

Make an appointment in the PTA Program Office - B203 for Application Packet Submission

(Ms Bryant, Ms Cox, or Ms Emory only)

  • Contact the PTA Program office to schedule an appointment in B-203 to confirm your application eligibility, complete an official transcript review, and submit your application. You can make this appointment as soon as you meet the eligibility requirements beginning in the fall semester but no later than April 15.
  • Contact the testing center at 318-678-6002 or email at least one day prior to this appointment to obtain a printed copy of your WorkKeys Scores for your packet.
  • Please print the following application packet forms, complete them and bring them with you to this appointment.
  • Bring a printed copy of your unofficial BPCC transcript showing all qualification courses
  • PTA faculty will review all documents and note the date/time of your submission. Students with completed packets, having met all eligibility requirements will be provided:
    • Clinical Observation Rating Forms (CORFs)
    • Instructions for completing or documenting a minimum of 40 hours of observation, volunteer or work experience (See detailed instructions below)

Academic Rating Request Form

  • All ALHT 109 instructors at BPCC complete and archive Academic Rating Forms at the end of each semester for each student in the class. This rating form is an evaluation by the course instructor of the student in the areas of attitude, time management, attendance, critical thinking, integrity, quality of work, and oral communication.
  • The Academic Rating Request FormPDF File you are required to complete and submit as part of your application packet is your documentation of the instructor and semester in which you completed ALHT 109 at BPCC. Following the instructions on the Academic Rating Request Form, print, complete and submit this form to Ms Tonia Sharp in B148 prior to April 15, so that the Academic Rating Form completed by your ALHT 109 instructor may be retrieved and received by the PTA Clinical Selection Committee by the May 1 deadline.

Observation/Volunteer Experience

You are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours observation, volunteer or work experience in two different physical therapy settings (20 hours each) under the supervision of two different licensed PT/PTAs. Work/Volunteer Experience must take place within the current year.

  • It is necessary to schedule your application appointment with your PTA advisor in order to receive the information and forms you will need to complete this requirement. If you work in a PT clinic, or have completed an internship in a PT clinic, those work hours may be eligible.
  • Plan ahead and start early – These observation experiences should be scheduled to take place beginning in the fall semester and should be completed no later than April of the spring semester of the year in which you plan to apply.
  • After each observation is complete, leave a copy of the Clinical Observation Rating Form that you obtained from your advisor for each PT/PTA you observed along with an ADDRESSED and STAMPED envelope.
  • You should address the envelope to:

       BPCC PTA Clinical Selection Committee.
       6220 E. Texas St.
       Bossier City, LA 71111
       RE: Applicant Name Here
  • The PT/PTA should be asked to complete the form (including contact information on the form for verification of scores), seal it in the provided envelope, sign across the seal and mail directly to the college at the address above.
  • Clinical Observation forms may be completed and submitted by email per instructions located on the form.
  • Rating forms that reflect fewer than the minimum 20 hours with each PT/PTA will not be accepted.
  • Observation forms completed by a clinician who is a family member of the applicant will not be accepted.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow up with the PT or PTA completing the forms so that they are mailed with a postmark date of no later than the May 1 Deadline.