PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT TECHNICAL PORTION MERIT INTERVIEW APPLICATION 2021
The purpose of Physical Therapist Assistant Program Merit Interview is to allow students who are qualified to apply
for special consideration for priority placement on the interview list for the technical portion of the program.
Points are awarded on pre-set, published criteria. Students are ranked based on their total number of points
(must be a minimum of 8). The top students by points may then be placed higher on the interview list based on
the number of available slots.
Name: (please print) ________________________________________ MTC ID#: _______________________
Instructions for completing the Physical Therapist Assistant Merit Interview Application:
Applicants must do of the following in order to be considered for PTA Merit Interview:
Step 1: Successfully complete the general education coursework (as evaluated by MTC Records office) within the
published Health Science guidelines and successfully complete 20 hours of PT observation within the past 2 years
and utilizing MTC PTA program documentation. Submit a packet containing the following documents to Dr. Damian
Rankin, DPT (PTA Program Director) (room HS 203 A/B) on or before January 31
st
, 2021:
Transfer Transcript Summary from your MyMTC account.
Unofficial MTC transcript from your MyMTC account.
Original and signed MTC PTA Program supplied observation forms with impression paper (include a
copy if you have previously applied or submitted).
PTA Program Technical Portion Application form with the appropriate check in the left corner box.
Step 2: Complete the Merit Interview Application (minimum of 8 pts.). Submit a packet containing the following
documents to Molly Shealy, Merit Admissions Coordinator on or before January 31
st
, 2021:
All completed pages of this document.
Transfer Transcript Summary from your MyMTC account.
Unofficial MTC transcript from your MyMTC account.
If you are requesting points based on prior health care work experience, please have your immediate
supervisor provide a letter of reference listing your supervisor’s contact information, your job title, your
hire date and the number of hours you work per week (must be 37.5 hours or more without exception).
Your reference will be verified by the Merit Admissions Coordinator.
MTC Transcripts and MTC Transfer Transcript Summary (if applicable) must be attached or the
application will be considered incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Important Information Regarding the Physical Therapist Assistant Merit Interview Application:
1. Merit Admission Coordinator Contact Information: (DO NOT FAX DOCUMENTS)
In person: Airport Campus Student Center, c/o Molly Shealy, room 221
By mail: Midlands Technical College, PO Box 2408, Columbia, SC 29202, Attn: Airport Campus
Admissions
2. Deadlines:
January 31
st
, 2021 Completed documentation for Step 1 above must be submitted to Dr. Damian Rankin,
DPT.
January 31
st
, 2021 Completed documentation for Step 2 must be received in Admissions no later than 5:00
pm. Checklists postmarked on or before January 31
st
, 2021 will not be processed if they arrive after January
31
st
, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
3. Letters indicating whether you have been qualified or non-qualified for Merit Interview will be mailed by
February 28
th
, 2021.
Incomplete Phase II Merit Interview Applications will not be processed.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT TECHNICAL PORTION MERIT INTERVIEW APPLICATION 2021
Date _____________________________________________________
Name: (please print) ________________________________________ MTC ID#: _______________________
Address: ___________________________________ City, State & Zip ________________________________
Phone Number _______________________ MyMTC Email: _________________ @student.midlandstech.edu
(If your mailing address changes, it is your responsibility to notify the Merit Admissions Coordinator.)
Please note - for Merit Interview, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is counting the FIRST ATTEMPT at the
courses in the criteria - not a repeated grade. For example, if you received an F or WF the first time you took a
class, the F or WF would count even if the second attempt was a passing grade.
If you earned a grade of D, F, or WF in any PTA course you are not eligible for Merit Admissions. In regards to this
rule, please indicate if you have ever received Academic Fresh Start from MTC below:
Yes __________ ___________ No
Utilizing only the items as listed, enter your points in the box on the right. This will be checked by the Merit
Admissions Coordinator using your MTC Transcript and MTC Transfer Transcript Summary. Failure to include a
copy of your unofficial MTC transcript and your Transfer Transcript Summary (if applicable) showing all prior
colleges attended will result in your application being marked as incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be
processed.
CRITERIA POSSIBLE POINTS POINTS SCORED
BIO 210 (Or transferable equivalent)
(Within published Health Science guidelines)
A = 3
B = 2
BIO 211 (Or transferable equivalent)
(Within published Health Science guidelines)
A = 3
B = 2
MAT 120 (Or transferable equivalent)
(Within published Health Science guidelines)
A = 3
B = 2
TEAS V, SAT, or ACT
(Within 3 years of qualifying for gen-ed courses)
(Points awarded for one exam only)
TEAS V SAT ACT POSSIBLE POINTS POINTS SCORED
--No points-- 990-1109 19-21 1
60-69 1110-1119 22-24 2
70-79 1120-1319 25-27 3
80-89 1320-1429 28-30 4
90-94 1430-1539 31-33 5
95-100 1540-1600 34-36 6
CRITERIA EDUCATIONAL LEVEL POSSIBLE POINTS POINTS SCORED
Prior Health Care Full-time Work Experience
(Within 3 years of applying)
(Full-time = 37.5 hours per week or more)
Employed as PT Tech full-time 6 months 2
Employed as PT Tech full-time for 1 year or more 3
Prior Degree, Certificate or Diploma
(Points awarded for highest degree/certificate
only)
Associate Degree 1
Bachelor’s Degree 2
Master’s degree 3
Doctoral Degree 4
PTA Program general education specific
coursework (only) GPA level
2.75 < 3.0 1
3.0 < 3.5 2
≥ 3.5 3
Total Score: (must be minimum of 8) ________
For Merit Admissions Coordinator Use Only:
___ Completed all general education coursework by completion of most recent fall term
___ All official transcripts and test scores submitted
___ Submitted Step 1 to Dr. Damian Rankin, DPT following directions and on time
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