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Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

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Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter: Rio Salado College

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About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in American higher education with over 2 million members and more than 1,200 chapters located in all 50 states and abroad. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship while also promoting leadership, service, and fellowship.

Alpha Theta Omicron is the Rio Salado chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Members of Alpha Theta Omicron meet regularly to discuss chapter needs and concerns as we actively promote scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship. Our chapter has an award-winning tradition and encourages new members to become involved. See below for contact information.

Recent chapter events have included a College Fair in November 2013, and an Honors-in-Action project completed during December 2013.At the College Fair, Rio Salado students and community members visited with transfer colleges (ASU, NAU, and more) about requirements, programs, and the transfer process.  The students also met with Rio Salado services providers such as the Advising Department, Counseling,and more. Finally, they signed a completion commitment poster and engaged in fun activities with Dental Hygiene students. 

For the Honors-in-Action project, Phi Theta Kappa members completed a project on cyber-bullying. This project was the result of the students research on the Honors Study topic—“The Culture of Competition.”  From this topic the Phi Theta Kappa students researched the effects of competition on individuals.  They found that one of the results of too much competition can be bullying.  From there the students created a flier to educate parents and students on the warning signs of cyber-bullying and steps they can take to combat this type of bullying. Click here to see the students final product.  

What are the benefits of membership in Phi Theta Kappa?

The benefits of Phi Theta Kappa are many and diverse:
  • Membership in a prestigious organization
  • The right to designate membership on job and college applications
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Opportunities for service in the community
  • Opportunities for fellowship and interaction with college students
  • Enrollment in—a college transfer planning program
  • Access to the Five Star Competitive Edge professional development program
  • Membership certificate, identification card, and membership pin
  • Gold seal on diploma, notation on transcript, and the opportunity to purchase a PTK stole and tassel for graduation
  • Letters of recommendation to potential employers and college admissions counselors

What are the membership requirements?

To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5, have completed a minimum of 12 college credits, and be currently enrolled in at least one class with Rio Salado College. Additionally, there is a one-time membership fee of $84.00. This fee helps cover operating costs for Alpha Theta Omicron, Phi Theta Kappa for the Arizona region, and Phi Theta Kappa International.

How do I join?

If you think you meet the above criteria but have not been sent an invitation letter to join, please contact Rio's Phi Theta Kappa advisor at or 480-517-8656. The advisor can provide guidance as to how to enroll online or can provide an application for you to enroll.

More questions?

Contact one of our advisors or student officers listed on our side links with questions or if you would like more information.

Dr Bustamante and PTK Officers