Admissions Information

Only completed applications will be reviewed for selection. Admission to the PTA Program is selective and competitive. All forms, documents, and information become property of Freed-Hardeman University's Physical Therapist Assistant Department and will not be returned, copied, or released. 

PTA applications are currently being accepted for the August 2022 cohort. The application deadline is March 31, 2022. Complete applications received after the application deadline will be considered by the Admissions Committee as space is available. It is the responsibility of the student to see that all application materials have been received. Students may not be officially admitted to the program until a successful Candidacy decision is reached.

Admissions interviews will be by invitation only. Interviews will not be rescheduled except in cases of unforeseen circumstances such as family emergencies. Rescheduling of interviews will be determined by the interview panel.

Students will not be admitted into the PTA Program until Candidacy status is achieved. 

PTA applications are considered for one cycle only. Once a cohort has begun the technical phase of the program, any applications received will be considered for the subsequent cohort. 

FHU's PTA Program has specific admission requirements set apart from Freed-Hardeman University's general admission requirements due to a maximum cohort size of 18 students each fall semester. Applicants must obtain admission into the institution prior to application to the PTA Program. A formal screening procedure will be used to select the best qualified applicants for each cohort. 


To be considered for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, applicants must: 

  • be accepted for admission to Freed-Hardeman University,

  • have satisfactorily completed all required academic prerequisites (minimum  cumulative GPA of 2.8 and grade of "C" or higher in BIO211, BIO212, BIO115,  PSY210, and MAT101),

  • must have completed 12 of the 16 prerequisite hours at time of application - 4 of the 12 hours completed must be BIO211,

  • submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation,

  • have attended a PTA informational session within 1 year of application, 

  • have submitted all required forms, documents, and information by the application deadline, and

  • have completed FHU liberal arts core requirements by start of technical phase of PTA Program.


Important Dates:

PTA Informational Sessions

January 26, 2022 at 11:00am

March 7, 2022 - virtual PTA Informational Sessions by appointment

March 10, 2022 - virtual PTA Informational Sessions by appointment


If a student is unable to attend one of the scheduled meetings, they may request an individual meeting with the PTA core faculty to satisfy the informational session requirement of the PTA application.