A physical examination and form signed by a physician or Nurse Practitioner, immunization records, and background checks meeting hospital standards must be completed once accepted into the program. Students will be asked to sign the Informed Consent Disclosure form during the admissions process where the student is notified of the essential functions of the PTA. Should any of these crucial functions be impossible for the student to perform, the student will be urged to consider another program of study. In the case when special equipment exists to compensate for student’s inability to perform essential functions, it will be the responsibility of the student to purchase the necessary equipment.
The following specific documentation is required prior to beginning the PTA Program and ensures you are ready to begin the clinical education component. The following documentation shall be kept in the PTA student file in the PTA office as well as a second copy which the student will keep with them at all Clinical Education Experiences.
- Immunizations including:
- Tetanus – verify within 10 years, 5 yrs. if injured.
- MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella – written verification of Rubella immunization after 1968, or a positive titer to show immunity.
- Varicella (Chickenpox). Written verification of Varicella immunization, or a positive titer to show immunity.
- PPD – Two PPD skin tests must be completed and read as negative prior to any clinical experience. PPD results cannot be accepted if over 12 months from the day of admission.
- Hepatitis B – written verification of Hepatitis immunization, or a positive titer to show immunity.
- Influenza vaccine or Declination Form
- If documentation is not available, re-immunization will be necessary.
- Drug Screening – students must demonstrate a negative drug test for admission into the PTA Program. Students may be required to undergo a more in depth drug screen for participation in clinical education.
- Valid CPR Certification – During the first semester of the PTA program, you are required to show proof of a valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card. No other card will be accepted. Students will be responsible for yearly renewal. CPR classes are offered throughout the year and at various locations. Please provide a copy of your current CPR card to the PTA program director.
- Criminal Background Check – Clinical placements are a mandatory component of the curriculum and will require clearance of a criminal background check. Students who do not precise agency requirements are not eligible for clinical placement and will, consequently, be ineligible to continue in the program. If there is any concern regarding the clearance of a criminal background check, please contact the PTA Program Director. This must be completed prior to admission into the PTA Program.