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Physical Therapist Assistant


We are not accepting new students at this time.

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314;phone;703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Morgan Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2016.  Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to the implementation of the professional/ technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in the professional/technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

By following CAPTE guidelines, the college hopes to be granted Candidate for Accreditation status in order to enroll our first class in the Fall semester, 2017.

Program Description

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

A physical therapist assistant (PTA) works under the direction of a physical therapist (PT) in various areas of rehabilitation, wellness and injury prevention.  PTA’s care for individuals in a variety of settings to improve strength and mobility, decrease pain, and help them reach their maximum functional potential.


The PTA Program at Morgan Community College

Morgan Community College is in the process of developing a new PTA program with anticipated enrollment of the initial class in the fall of 2017.  Admission will be competitive and the following prerequisite courses (or their equivalent) must be completed by the end of the spring 2017 semester to be considered for admission:

            HPR 178         Medical Terminology

            BIO 201          Human Anatomy and Physiology I

            PHY 105         Conceptual Physics

In addition, applicants will be required to complete the ATI TEAS test, complete a minimum number of hours observing/working in the field of physical therapy, and secure two letters of recommendation.


How to Apply

Applications for admission and instructions on how to apply will be available on the program website in January, 2017.  The application deadline will be May 15, 2017. Those applicants meeting certain minimum requirements will be invited to campus to interview. Interviews will take place on campus during the month of June and students will be notified of their admission decision by mid-June.

Applicants must be accepted to MCC prior to submitting an application to the PTA program. Students not admitted to MCC will be ineligible for admission to the PTA program.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Prerequisite GPA
  2. Cumulative GPA
  3. ATI TEAS Test Scores
  4. Prior Education
  5. Observation/Employment Experience
  6. Letters of Recommendation
  7. Interview Score

Further information, including minimum scores required for each admission criteria, will be published in November, 2016.