Physical Therapist Assistant Program Application and Admission Process

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).

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on August 15 to the PTA Program in E212.

Required application material due by the deadline:

  • Completed online application
  • Essay completed in the Testing Center – see below for Testing Center information
  • Clinical Experience Documentation – turned in to E212 no later than 4pm on August 15
  • Only fully completed applications will be considered for admission to the PTA Program.
  • Essay Questions

    You must register online to schedule time to complete your application essay online in the Testing Center. Complete the essay prior to the August 15 application deadline.

    Your essay should be 250-500 words to answer these questions:

    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?

    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.

    You will need an MCC student ID number and valid form of identification to be permitted to complete the essay. Plan on a minimum of one hour to complete this essay.

  • 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.
    • 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.


Effective October 31, 2018 McHenry County College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (815) 479-7592 or email clouderman@mchenry.edu

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses.  Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.