• Physical Therapist Assistant Program Application Process


  • PTA Program Diversity and Inclusion: The program seeks to build a diverse community of learners and invites applicants across the spectrum of diversity to apply and enter the program.

    Accommodations: Some external links may be inaccessible. People requiring accommodations due to a disability should contact Accessible Education Services at 503-491-6923 or aes@mhcc.edu.

    Prior to applying, read the Admission Details for the year you plan to apply as admissions criteria, deadlines and prerequisites, are subject to change from year to year. The previous year’s application information is posted only as a resource. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to be informed and adhere to all requirements, procedures and deadlines for the application year they are applying.

    Mt. Hood Community College reserves the right to modify the criteria and the process for selection.

    Approximate Admissions Processing Timeline*
    November 1, 2022
    Applicants may begin submitting applications to the program.

    April 7, 2023

    5 p.m.

    Application deadline, all materials due by 5 pm. Postmark date or online submission timestamp after the stated timeline are not accepted, no exceptions. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for admissions.

    Late April/Early May 2023 Interview invitations emailed (up to top 64 applicants only)
    Late May 2023

    *Interviews held

    Students can visit www.mhcc.edu/cpcc to sign up for interview preparation tips or practice online at https://mhcc.edu/standout.

    • Notifications of interview results emailed by end of June
    • Top 24 qualified applicants are accepted into the program
    • The next qualified candidates are placed onto an alternate list. Alternates are offered a position in the class if any of the first 24 candidates decline a position in the program.
    September 25, 2023 Fall term classes begin

    *Please note, dates are subject to change. We ask that you DO NOT inquire about the status of your application while processing is taking place to help expedite the evaluation process. Any changes to the processing timeline will be updated here immediately.

    Admission Disclosures

    Admission of all students is centralized in the Admissions, Registration and Records office. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. The Admissions, Registration and Records office has the sole authority to inform students of their admission status.

    The Admissions Evaluator has the final authority on what constitutes equivalency for all admission criteria. If you have questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, please email LRadmissions@mhcc.edu.

    Reasons for Admission Disqualification- Withholding information or giving untruthful information on the program application could be cause for non‐acceptance or dismissal from the program. Students who were admitted and then failed a required course or were dismissed from the program or any other health related program may be denied admission into the program.

    Individuals with a criminal record may not be allowed into a healthcare facility as a student. Because it is not possible to meet the objectives of the program without having clinical experience, anyone with a positive criminal or abuse history may not be eligible for acceptance in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. In addition, the Physical Therapist Licensing Board requires a criminal background check upon applying for licensure. For more information on the Oregon PT Board licensing requirements, visit http://www.oregon.gov/ptbrd. If the applicant has a positive criminal background, it is suggested they speak with the Dean of Health Professions before applying for the program.

    Application Reopen Disclosure - In the event of an insufficient applicant pool, applicants that have already gone through the interview process (within the same application year) are not allowed to reapply should the program reopen. Applicants may reapply during the application cycle for the following year.

    Previous Admission - Applicants who were previously accepted into the program and then declined acceptance or withdrew may not be given priority consideration in subsequent applications. Individuals will need to re‐apply to the program and will be required to meet the current program admission requirements and program standards. Materials cannot be brought forward from previous applications for a current application. Updated official transcripts are required if new courses have been taken.


    Application Statistics
    Year Total Applicants Complete Incomplete Most common reasons for incomplete applications
    2022 655411
    •  Incomplete A&P Series
    • Missing transcripts
    • GPA too low
    2021 85 69 16
    • GPA too low
    • Missing transcripts
    • Incomplete A & P Series
    • No lab on A & P Series
    2020 75 67 8
    • GPA too low
    • Missing transcripts
    • Missing Payment
    • No lab on A&P courses