Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Admission to Montgomery College is open to all; however to ensure admission of all qualified applicants interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, a selective admission procedure has been established. Please completely follow the following application steps to ensure your admittance to the PTA program.
Before Applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program:
- Attend a PTA Information Session to understand the nature of the program, the admission process and the rigor and time commitments needed to be successful.
- Apply to Montgomery College - Submit a Montgomery College Admissions Application on-line with a non-refundable $25 fee (unless currently enrolled). If applicable, submit official copies of prior learning: college, military, and Excelsior College Exam transcripts; results from international transcript evaluation services; and AP, IB, CLEP, DSST or DANTES test scores to the Office of Admissions and Records for review. NOTE: If you attended Montgomery College, DO NOT include a transcript from Montgomery College. One will be generated when you submit your Health Sciences Application. A transcript evaluation will help you to ensure that you do not duplicate coursework.
- Prepare for the Test of Essentials Academic Skills (TEAS) - Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for TEAS. Plan to attend a TEAS information session to understand how TEAS is used in the application process, to connect with available resources, and to learn how to best prepare for the exam. For more information about TEAS, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/teas
- See a counselor - If you need to speak with a counselor for academic advising, contact the Office of Counseling and Advising at one of the three campuses. Be sure to complete steps 1-3 first!
- Register to take the TEAS - After studying for the TEAS, register to take the exam at the Assessment Technologies Institute website: www.atitesting.com or set up an appointment at Montgomery College's Assessment Centers'. For more information about registering for the TEAS and MC’s Assessment Centers’ testing policies and procedures, visit http://cms.montgomerycollege.edu/edu/plain.aspx?id=20981.
- Apply to program - Submit the Health Sciences Application to the Office of Admissions and Records before the deadline: March 1st for fall admissions. Montgomery College Health Sciences programs requiring this application are available ONLY at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus. To download the Health Sciences Application, visit: http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/admissions/StudentForms/StudentForms.htm.
(NOTE: There are two applications: one for admission to the College and a second application for the health sciences programs.)
- Must have the minimum requirement and a minimum GPA of 2.50 for consideration. This GPA is based on the most recent 24 college credits earned.
- Must complete the TEAS test and attach scores to the Health Sciences Application. Must meet the minimum Adjusted Individual Scores or above listed below. Students may only take the test twice during a 12-month period. The highest score will be used.
- Health Sciences admissions will be based on courses completed and grades earned through the prior fall semester only.
- The following list below is the minimum requirements, TEAS test requirements, and priority courses. Applicants who have completed all or some of the priority courses will be given first consideration. You may apply without completing any of the priority courses;however, this will make your application less competitive. The requirements are:
||TEAS Test Requirements
ENGL 101 assessment level or prior completion of EN 101/101A/102 or 103
MATH 110 assessment level or prior completion of MATH 093/096 or higher
Reading = 70%
Adjusted Individual Score = 66%
BIOL 212: Human Anatomy and Physiology I*
*BIOL 212 courses older than five years of the application date may only be accepted upon permission of the program coordinator. Please attend a PTA Information Session for additional information or contact the Program Coordinator. Students are encouraged to complete BIOL 212 prior to enrolling in PHTH courses; note that BIOL 212 has a prerequisite, BIOL 150.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Priority consideration for placement into the program will be given to students who have already completed the following classes at the time of the application: English 101, Biology 150 and Biology 212.
- Application deadline is March 1st for fall admissions.
- Students are admitted only once a year in the fall semester.
- Class space is limited to 24 students per year.
- Applicants regardless of legal domicile will receive the same consideration.
- Students transferring credits from another institution within the United States should attach an official transcript to the Health Sciences Application. Please do not break the seal on this transcript when applying to the program.
- Those students who are attending a university outside of the United States, will need to have their college transcript evaluated by an outside institution. Please contact the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Office of Admissions and Records at 240-567-1501 for further information.
- Financial aid and scholarships are available to qualified candidates.
- PHTH courses are offered only in the morning and afternoon. Some classes are offered during the Summer sessions. Classes may be offered in face to face, on-line, and hybrid formats. Clinical experiences during the third and fourth semesters will occur during the day between 6:30 am to 8:00 pm dependent on individual clinics hours of operation.
- 67-70 credits are required for graduation. 44 credits of PHTH technical education courses and 23-26 credits of general education courses.
- Students who need a part-time schedule should take general education courses (i.e., those without the PHTH course numbering) first and then apply to the PTA program full-time. PHTH technical courses are offered full-time.
- Only the PHTH courses must be taken in sequence. A student must earn a "C" grade or better in each PHTH course (a 75% or better) in order to continue in the program. Students earning a grade of "F" (74% or less) are not advanced in the program and must take the course when it is offered again. A second failing grade in the same course or failing two courses in the curriculum results in the student removal from the PTA program.
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