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Application & Admission Procedure

Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Health Sciences office by March 1 to be considered for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program:

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program
  • An official high school transcript from an approved high school or High School Equivalency score (GED or HiSET), if not previously enrolled in college
  • An official college transcript from all colleges previously or presently attending
  • ACT score
  • Entrance test scores (TEAS)
  • Observation Hours Forms (a minimum of two totaling at least 20 hours from at least two different facilities)
  • Autobiographical Information Form
  • Verification of Physical Therapy Observation Summary
Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline.  Turning an application in on the last day may result in your application being incomplete.   Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

When the application is available, the link located below will be active. 

PTA Application

Applicants must:

  • Meet all general college admission requirements for MDCC
  • Be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory High School Equivalency score (GED or HiSET)
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 18 (15 if taken before October 28, 1989) if entering college for the first time OR a minimum ACT score of 16 to 17 (12 to14 if taken before October 28, 1989) and have completed at least 12 semester hours with a “C” average or better in courses approved by the PTA Program
  • Take the TEAS entrance test at the applicant’s own expense. The test be taken within 18 months of the application deadline.
  • Observe a minimum of two PTA Clinics (totaling at least 20 hours from at least 2 different facilities)
  • Complete autobiographical information form
  • Submit verification of Physical Therapy observation summary form

No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met.  Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale (see sample rating scale), which includes ACT scores, GPA, entrance test scores, previous degrees awarded, health care background/experience, and performance on core courses.  The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program.

All applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance into the program.  If an applicant is selected for the program, they will receive a conditional acceptance letter with specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to August admission.  These requirements are listed below:

  • Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 2513/2511) and Anatomy & Physiology II (BIO 2523/2521) with a grade of "C" or better during the summer session or regular session prior to the admission to the PTA program.
    • NOTE: A&P I and II must be completed within the last 5 years
  • Satisfactory completion of AHA-BLS Provider CPR course taught during the summer.
  • Satisfactory background check performed by our office.
  • Acceptable pre-admission drug screen performed by our office.
  • Health examination form completed and signed by a licensed health care provider.
  • A 2-step TB skin test is required for all new entering students.  The 2nd step must be completed within 21 days of 1st step.
    • The exception is is a returning student has had a negative TB skin test within the last 12 months.  This student will only require a 1-step TB skin test.
  • A stamped/signed Form 121 Immunization Record must be submitted.  Shots required include:
    • Tdap booster shot within the last 10 years.
    • Series of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations.
    • Series of 2 MMR vaccinations.
    • Proof of Varicella immunity (either by series of 2 Varicella vaccinations OR Positive Varicella Titer).
    • Flu shot (given only during flu season before October 1st)

To view the PTA Program rating scale, click here.

*Core Courses may be found on the Program Course Check Sheet

 After notification of program acceptance, the student will be required to:

  • Attend a mandatory Health Sciences and PTA Program orientation.
  • Completion all orientation-related activities (Examples: obtain physical and receive a clear criminal background status) on or before first day of class.
  • Submit all orientation-related paperwork on or before first day of class.
  • Meet any requirements specific to clinical education sites/instructors.

A PTA Program student must maintain a grade of “C” in all core courses to progress in the program.  Students who do not maintain a “C” will be dismissed from the program.