Physical Therapist Assistant Program Application and Admission

You must have an MCC student ID number to apply to the PTA Program. If you have never attended MCC as a credit student, apply now and pay the non-fundable $15 application fee online or in Registration (A258).

All PTA program application material due by 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, 2017 for consideration for Fall 2017 cohort.

  • Applicants may begin submitting application material on April 1.
  • Applicants must submit all application material by 4 p.m. on Thursday June 1, 2017 to the PTA Program in E212.
  • Applicants must submit ALL PTA Program Application Material on the same day, at the same time.

PTA Program Application for Admission

Applications cannot be submitted online. Completely fill out the PTA Program Application for Admission form, print and sign it. Include this form with your application material. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Essay Questions

Submit your response to these two questions in a one- to two-page typed, double-spaced essay. Attach your essay to the PTA Program Application for Admission form and return both to the PTA Program in E212. Include your full name and MCC Student ID number on the essay. Be sure to describe specific examples and/or situations that illustrate your level of performance.

Note: Your response to the essay questions, along with the written responses to each of the Documentation of Physical Therapy Clinical Experience Hours forms, will be evaluated on your content, grammar and spelling to determine a point total.

  1. Why are you interested in becoming a PTA?
  2. What special skills, education or experience do you possess that distinguish you from other PTA applicants?

Clinical Experience Documentation

Provide documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of Physical Therapy clinical experience (work, volunteer or observation) using the Documentation of Physical Therapy Clinical Experience Hours form. We require a minimum of 20 hours in an out-patient setting and a minimum of 20 hours in another clinical setting.

The clinical experience must occur within the last five years.

Submit your documentation on page one of two and documentation by a physical therapist (PT) and/or a physical therapist assistant (PTA) on page two of two of the Documentation of Physical Therapy Clinical Experience Hours form.

General Education and Support Courses

We strongly recommend that you complete of ALL of the following general education and support courses prior to beginning the PTA program:

  • AOM 135, Medical Terminology
  • BIO 157, Fundamentals of Biology
  • BIO 263, Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 264, Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • ENG 151, Composition I
  • HCE 111, Evidence Based Practice
  • PSY 151, Introduction to Psychology
  • SPE 151, Introduction to Speech
  • One course from Humanities and Fine Arts AAS degree options

See PTA Curriculum Schedule »

Please note:

  • If you took any general education or support courses at another institution, you must submit official transcripts from every college or university you attended to the Admissions Office with a request for it to be reviewed for the Physical Therapist Assistant program. We highly recommended that official transcripts and evaluation requests be submitted no later than one month prior to the application deadline. See transcript evaluation information »
  • Your PTA program general education and support course cumulative G.P.A. must be 2.75 or greater.
  • We require a grade of "C" or higher for all PTA program general education and support courses.
  • You must have completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II within five years of application deadline date.
  • If you haven't completed ENG 151 or the equivalent, you must provide an English Placement Test score that meets prerequisite to take ENG 151 (or the equivalent) or English ACT score of 21 or higher.
  • Advanced Placement or Transferring - Requests for advanced placement or transferring Physical Therapist Assistant course(s) from another PTA program are not being considered at this time.


Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure exam, which is required in all states.

McHenry County 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 March 1, 2017. 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 implementation of the professional/technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional/technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress towards accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.