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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variey of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities and more.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a Full-Time Day, Fall entry Associate of Applied Science Degree.   

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Howard Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Steps to Apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

  • Sign up for the Physical Therapist Assistant information session, if available
  • Submit an HCC application for admission
  • Take placement tests, if applicable
  • Complete the required pre-requisite coursework with appropriate overall GPA (Science courses may only be repeated once)
  • Submit official college transcripts for all colleges you wish to transfer credit; complete an Official Transcript Evaluation Request Form
  • Complete a supplemental application for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. The application fee is $25.  The application cycle runs between September 15 and January 15 of each school year.  January 15, 2016 is the final deadline for the Fall 2016 Term.        
  • Complete 50 hours of documented observation time in at least two different physical therapy facilities
  • Submit all documents to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242)

Students interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant program should work closely with the Office of Admissions and Advising and select Physical Therapist Assistant as their learning program on the HCC application. Further information is available by visiting RCF- 242 or contacting the Allied Health advising team at 443-518-4230;  

A Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing/allied health clinical course in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting.  Students who do not comply with the drug screening and criminal background check are ineligible for placement in clinical agencies and therefore are not able to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program.  Students with a criminal background may be unable to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program. It is the student’s responsibility to know whether they are eligible for licensure. If a student has a criminal background, it is the students’ responsibility to explore whether the background will prohibit them from being licensed and employed in the health care industry. HCC faculty and staff are NOT able to provide legal advice. If you have any questions about your existing criminal background, you may wish to discuss this with legal counsel.

Students who are admitted to the clinical portion of the program may visit the Allied Health Clinical Student Information page for more information about orientation and health requirements. Students who are unsuccessful in the clinical portion of the program should refer to the Program Director and Physical Therapist Assistant Student Handbook.

Please consult with a Nursing/Allied Health Advisor in the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242) to get the most current information on prerequisites and requirements. The College reserves the right to change unilaterally, without notification, any requirement, fee or program if it is deemed necessary.

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