Thank you for your interest in Mt. Hood Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program!
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work under the supervision of a physical therapist. Their duties include implementing intervention techniques (i.e., exercise, patient instruction, gait training, application of physical agents and manual techniques)
according to the plan of care established by the physical therapist, monitoring a patient’s response, reporting to the therapist as appropriate, and documenting the care provided.
Physical therapist assistants must complete a two year education program, usually offered at a community college. The course of study includes general education courses, technical courses on physical therapy interventions and clinical rotations, working
with licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
A PTA can work in any setting where a PT practices, such as in acute hospitals, out-patient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, school settings, or acute rehabilitation facilities.
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This is a restricted entry program, meaning a candidate needs to apply and be selected to join the program.
- 24 students start the program each fall after a previous spring selection process.
- The program runs two (2) years for a total of seven (7) terms beginning in the fall.
- Core class schedule is Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. THIS IS A FULL-TIME DAY PROGRAM.
- 22-24 students graduate after completing the program.
- Students earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Physical Therapist Assistant after completion of required coursework and are then eligible to sit for the national licensing exam.
- Licensure pass rates: 85-100% on the first attempt (exceeds national average).
Students who seek to earn a Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy should contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements. This is NOT a stepping-stone to PT school, and PTA core curriculum courses are generally not transferable to four-year institutions.
How to Apply
The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall term 2023 admission. To be eligible to apply, applicants must show they meet the requirements described below by the application deadline date of April 7, 2023, 5 p.m.
Applicants should thoroughly review the
program application requirements and start the application process early to
ensure all required items are received by the application deadline. Below are
your steps for applying:
1. Admission to MHCC
Apply for General Admission to MHCC if you are new to MHCC or not have attended in the last four (4) terms. Select AGS in Health Professions as your major. Please note it could take 1-2 business days to receive your MHCC ID number.
2. MHCC-PTA Application Fee ($35)
Pay the $35 MHCC-PTA non-refundable application fee located at https://mhcc.edu/PTAApplication. You will need to upload your payment receipt to submit with your application.
3. Academic Prerequisite Coursework
prerequisite courses by the application deadline with a “C” grade or higher.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of writing (see chart below).
Courses taken as pass/fail, satisfactory/unsatisfactory or audit do not fulfill
the admission criteria for the PTA program.
*This is the last year (Fall 2023 admission) that BI121 & BI122
A&P series will be accepted. Applications for Fall 2024 admission will require
the BI231/BI232/BI233 series.
REQUIRED COURSEWORK TO APPLY
Must be completed by end of Winter term, March 2023.
A&P series (including labs) must be completed between Winter term 2013 and Winter term
2023 (March 2023) and
have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply (“B” average). Do not
apply if your A&P cumulative GPA is less than 3.0. **
|BI121* or BI231|
Human Anatomy & Physiology 1
|BI122* or BI232|
Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
Beginning Algebra II or higher
English Composition or equivalent AP/IB/DSST scores or Bachelor’s degree
|Due to changes in prerequisite
requirements, students will be allowed to
complete PSY201 & MO111 by end of
Spring term June 2023. |
SUPPORTING COURSEWORK REQUIRED TO START PROGRAM
Must be completed by end of Spring term, June 2023, if course has not
yet been taken. **
Human Anatomy & Physiology 3
(Not needed if applicants take BI121 and BI122)
** Students must have A&P cumulative
GPA of 3.0 in the complete series to be eligible for the program. If BI233 is
in progress, cumulative A&P GPA will be assessed after course completion.
4. College Transcript Requirements
transcripts from every regionally accredited college/university
attended, regardless of program relevancy, program length, or age must be
received. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have
applied in the recent years through PTACAS, you must submit official
transcripts for non-MHCC institutions.
If you’re finishing prerequisites in winter
term, wait until grades are posted before requesting transcripts. Otherwise,
complete this step as soon as possible.
Transcripts must be issued directly by the
institution from which the course(s) were taken. Coursework showing as
transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Official
electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) via secure
electronic delivery service may be submitted to email@example.com. E-transcripts cannot be sent from the
student to MHCC as they are not considered official. If submitting transcripts
by mail, send to:
Mt. Hood Community
College – PTA Application
Admissions, Registration and Records
26000 SE Stark St.
Gresham OR 97030
Accredited Institutions: Required
from all institutions attended.
Accredited Institutions: Not
CLEP or IB Transcripts/Scores: Required only if using for meeting the writing admission
requirement and must be issued directly from College Board,
DSST or International Baccalaureate in a sealed envelope (see https://mhcc.edu/CreditAlternatives) and sent directly to MHCC.
Based Educational Transcript: Required only if using to meet admission
requirements and must first be evaluated by an outside
credential service. The evaluated transcript must be submitted by the
application deadline for the program. For more information, visit: www.mhcc.edu/internationaltranscript. Evaluation processing for foreign
transcripts is time consuming, and the process could take up to six weeks. It
is best to start this process early. A foreign bachelor's degree does not
fulfill the prerequisite requirements.
transcript: Not required,
already on file.
Applicant and Point Selection Process
PHASE 1: Evaluation of Completed Applications
The maximum points that may be awarded for
Phase 1 is 31. After the application deadline has passed, the
admissions evaluator will review the applications. Applicants who have
submitted their completed application by the deadline will be
awarded points based on the criteria below. Up to 64 applicants will then be
invited to Phase 2 which consist of a group style interview for selection into
|DISCRETIONARY POINTS |
My points /
- Oregon = 5
- Washington State = 1
Prerequisite Courses Taken
Completion of required
coursework taken at MHCC
Prior Year Accepted/
Applicants who were
accepted but withdrew prior to starting program or on last year’s alternate
| /5 |
HUMAN ANATOMY &
PHYSIOLOGY CUMULATIVE GPA
BI121 & BI122 or BI231, BI232 & BI233 including labs. If the student
has completed the BI231 sequence by the application deadline, points will be
awarded based on the highest two grades earned.
| GPA||Points|| /20|
| 4.00|| 20|| |
| 3.90-3.99|| 19|| |
| 3.80-3.89|| 18|| |
| 3.70-3.79|| 17|| |
| 3.60-3.69|| 16|| |
| 3.50-3.59|| 15|| |
| 3.40-3.49|| 14|| |
| 3.30-3.39|| 13|| |
| 3.20-3.29|| 12|| |
| 3.10-3.19|| 11|| |
| 3.00-3.09|| 10|| |
PHASE 2: Group Style Interview
Points earned during Phase 1 do not carry
forward. All applicants start at zero points during the interview phase.
Applicants selected for Phase 2 will participate in a small group style interview
with other candidates. Applicants should prepare for this interview as if it is
a professional job interview. Applicants will be asked to respond to questions
verbally and in writing.
Points earned during Phase 2 determine which
applicants are admitted to the program. Qualified candidates that were not
selected may be placed on an alternate list and offered a position in the
program if an accepted applicant declines their position in the program.
Tiebreaker for Phase 1 & Phase 2: In the event that two or more applicants
have the same score for Phase 1 or Phase 2, the Admissions office will use
tiebreakers in the following order: the date the application is complete (all
requirements met), prior year accepted/alternate, prerequisite courses taken at MHCC,