Physical Therapist Assistant Program Application and Admission Process

PTA Program Applications due April 15

Submit this PTA application and your application essay by April 15.
Only fully completed applications will be considered for admission to the PTA program.

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-refundable $15 application fee.

  • PTA Application Essay Scheduling and Details

    Schedule time to complete your application essay in the Testing Center

    1. Choose a Group: Placement Exams
    2. Choose a Group: On-Campus Placement Exams
    3. Choose an Exam: On Campus PTA Application Essay

    Complete the essay prior to the April 15 application deadline.

    Your essay should be 250-500 words addressing a current topic in physical therapy. Your topic will be given to you when you begin the essay.

    Note: Your response to the essay questions, along with the written responses to each of the optional 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

    Clinical/patient care experience in a Physical Therapy setting(s)

    Provide documentation of a minimum of 20 hours of Physical Therapy clinical experience (work, volunteer or observation) using the Documentation of Physical Therapy Clinical Experience Hours form. Optional bonus points will be awarded for completion of observation hours in a different clinical experience setting.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at McHenry County College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA, 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, call (815) 479-7592 or email