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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program 

Admission to Montgomery College (MC) is open to all; however, seats are limited to 24 students in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program.  Please completely follow the following application steps:

Application Procedure:

  1. 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.  
  2. Apply to Montgomery College - Submit a Montgomery College Admissions Application on-line with a non-refundable $25 fee (unless currently enrolled). 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 Enrollment Services for review. 
  3. Prepare for the Test of Essentials Academic Skills (TEAS) - Students should register for TEAS, Version 6 - NURSING. 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. See TEAS for more information. Test preparation books are available in all MC libraries and bookstores. 
  4. Apply to program - Submit the Health Sciences Application to the Office of Enrollment Services before the deadline: March 1 for Fall admissions. Montgomery College Health Sciences programs requiring this application are available ONLY at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.  
  5. If you need help creating an academic plan to help meet admissions requirements, please meet with a counselor at any Montgomery College Campus in the Office of Counseling and Advising. 

Admission Requirements: 

Students interested in applying for acceptance into the PTA program must meet all of the following requirements before applying:

Minimum Requirements  TEAS Test Requirements Priority Courses

ENGL Foundation (ENGL 101, 102)
BIOL 150
MATH Foundation (MATH 117 or higher)

Reading = 70%
Adjusted Individual Score = 66% 

 BIOL 212: Human Anatomy and Physiology I*

* Biology courses older than 5 years may need to be repeated. Few exceptions apply. Plan to attend a PTA Information Session for details or contact the Program Coordinator, Nancy Greenawald.

  • The following list contains the minimum requirements, TEAS test requirements, and priority courses for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. 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:
  • 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. If you are a recent high school graduate with fewer than 24 college credits, high school records will be included in this calculation.  Official transcripts are required. 
  • Must complete the TEAS test and attach scores to the Health Sciences Application. Applicants must meet the minimum scores but applicants will be ranked according to scores. Students may take the exam twice during a 12 month period.  


  • Application deadline is March 1 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.
  • Priority consideration for placement into the program will be given to students who have already completed the following classes at the time of application: BIOL 150 & BIOL 212; MATH & ENGL foundations. 
  • 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 Enrollment Services at 240-567-1501 for further information.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to qualified candidates.  
  • 64-67 credits are required for graduation. The PTA curriculum has 47 credits of PHTH professional education courses and 20 credits of general education courses. Consult the College Catalog for current requirements. 
  • 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 in Fall, Spring and Summer Session I. While courses schedules change slightly from year to year, students generally are on campus two days per week for classes and labs. Fridays are reserved for optional open lab sessions and scheduled practical skills demonstration exams. See the Academic Calendar
  • Only the PHTH courses must be taken in a specific 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.
  • Classes may be offered in face to face and hybrid formats. See the Class Schedule for more information.
  • PTA clinical internships are scheduled during the final 6 and 8 weeks of the final two semesters. Students are required to attend these experiences for a full 40-hour work week. Keeping the same hours as their clinical instructors. In general, Physical Therapy clinics will operate from 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday - Friday. Some clinics also have weekend and holiday hours. 


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