Physical Therapy Assistant

PTA Program Admission Requirements

The first step to admission is to attend an information session. 
These informal seminars discuss admission requirements, the application and selection process and curriculum and career opportunities. Click here for information session dates and times.

NOTE: Students from Anne Arundel County should contact Anne Arundel Community College for information and admissions requirements. Students from Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties should contact Chesapeake College for information and admissions requirements. Students from Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties should contact College of Southern Maryland for more information and admissions requirements.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Guidelines

  • The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program only accepts students in the fall of each academic year. 
  • Admission to the PTA program is separate from regular admission to the college.
  • Since clinical space is limited, prospective students must complete all academic and admission requirements by the PTA application deadline. For each fall admission, applications will be available on November 15 online and at your home college. If application deadline falls on a weekend, then applications will be accepted until the close of business on the next business day.
  • We give first consideration for selection to candidates whose resident address is in the service areas of their home colleges.
  • Students who are conditionally accepted into the PTA program must submit proof of CPR, a complete health examination record and criminal background check.

Admission / Academic Requirements
Please note: Selection criteria have been revised! Please review the admissions information carefully.
To view a PDF of each college’s admissions requirements, please click on your home college below:


Applications for the Fall 2021 class will be available in November 2020. The program will accept applications for fall admission from November 16, 2020 to March 30, 2021.

CPR Certification

  • Conditionally accepted students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR for Health Care Providers course. CPR certification must be valid through graduation. Potential applicants should check with their home colleges for CPR opportunities or with the American Heart Association for class locations.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
AACC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, ADA Title 504 compliant institution. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations. Requests for sign language interpreters, alternative format books or assistive technology require 30 days’ notice. For information on AACC’s compliance and complaints concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment, contact the federal compliance officer and Title IX coordinator at 410-777-1239, or Maryland Relay 711.
Anne Arundel Community College Catalog 2018-2019

Equal Opportunity Statement
Chesapeake College is an equal opportunity institution, providing access to education, service, and employment regardless of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, marital status, genetic information, disability, pregnancy, military status, sexual orientation, or any other class protected by law. Reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services and other changes required by persons with disabilities to allow access to programs and services will be provided if the College receives sufficient notice and it is not an undue burden to do so. The College urges these requests to be made at least 14 days in advance.
Chesapeake College Catalog 2018-2019

Nondiscrimination Policy
The College of Southern Maryland does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, or marital status in its programs or activities. The associate director of Disability Services—La Plata Campus, Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 123, 301-934-7614—has been designated to handle inquiries regarding discrimination on the basis of disabilities. The director of Student Affairs—La Plata Campus, Administration (AD) Building, Room 220A, 301-539-4746—should be contacted for student discrimination inquiries. Human Resources—La Plata Campus, Campus Center (CC Building), Room 212, 301-934-7700—should be contacted to handle all other discrimination inquiries.
Individuals with disabilities who require special accommodations in order to participate in the college’s instructional programs should notify the academic support/ADA coordinator at 301-934-7614 at least one month before the class begins. Requests made after this deadline will be considered on an individual basis and addressed whenever possible.
College of Southern Maryland Catalog 2018-2019


Last Updated: November 16, 2020