Physical Therapist Assistant


Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Albany State University's Department of Health Science's main office will be physically closed to the public until further notice. As this will affect our programs' admission processes, please be aware of the following updates to our policies and procedures:


Our program application deadline remains Monday, June 1, 2020.

Observation Hours

The observational hours component of the application process will be waived for this year’s applicants due to the circumstances of COVID-19. At least one recommendation form is still expected to be submitted, however, this does not have to come from a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. The recommendation form cannot come from a family member or friend. The form can come from professional or educational references such as immediate supervisors at place of employment or previous employment, previous instructor, etc. For students that have not completed the observational hours, the following criteria will apply to this year’s applicants, in addition to all previous requirements:

  • At least one recommendation form from professional or educational reference (immediate supervisor at current or previous employment, previous instructor, etc.)

TEAS Score Submissions

In consideration of testing site closures in response to COVID-19 precautions, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program has elected to temporarily accept applications without TEAS scores. However, please note that affected applicants may only potentially be granted provisional acceptance into the program as a result (as long as no other criteria are outstanding). Provisional acceptance does not guarantee full acceptance or eligibility for continuation within the program, and failure to meet this criterion prior to the established deadline will result in the revocation of acceptance status and prevent further progression through the program. For applicants who receive provisional acceptance based on missing TEAS scores, please be aware of the following deadlines for TEAS score submissions:

  • Fall 2020 Applicants: Applicants must have taken TEAS exam by no later than Friday, June 26, 2020. Each attempt for the exam must be 6 weeks apart.
  • NOTE: Modifications to these deadlines may be made at a later date based on updated information.

Contact Albany State University's West Campus Testing Center at or (229) 500-2921 if you are scheduled to take the TEAS exam while Albany State University's campuses are closed. The PTA Program does not coordinate these testing dates and times or make decisions about cancellations.


For those submitting a program application during this time period, please submit all documentation via mail or email to the following address in lieu of physically coming to campus:

Albany State University
Health Science Division – PTA Program
2400 Gillionville Road
Albany, GA 31707


Kameron Causey (

Program Overview

The practice of physical therapy is an integral component of health care. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants strive to promote functional independence, with the overall goal of helping individuals to achieve maximum potential as members of society.

Physical therapy is the health profession dedicated to rehabilitation or prevention of disability, injury and disease specifically related to movement and function of the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems of the human body. Physical therapists work with people of all ages and acute and chronic conditions, to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate and eliminate pain, physical impairments, functional limitations and disabilities.

More information can be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association or from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

Before You Apply: Program Notes

  • The courses to be completed for the degree will vary based on the student’s preferred area of study which is referred to as the “pathway” for the career program of choice. Therefore, it is important to meet with an adviser to map out the best academic plan to achieve his or her goal. The student should first focus on taking the prerequisites required for the program for which they will be applying.
  • All career programs have a selective admissions process. This means that a seat in any program is awarded only to the top applicants. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.