Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant Certificate


About the Program

This page outlines Phase I of the Physical Therapist Assistant program. (Phase II is the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree program.)

The Physical Therapist Assistant is a skilled technical health-care worker who carries out patient treatment programs under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. The assistant works to relieve pain and/or increase function in patients via therapeutic application of heat, cold, light, water, electricity, sound, massage, exercise, gait and functional activity.

Clinical experience is provided in a variety of settings including, but not limited to; hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, schools, private practices and long-term care facilities.

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is configured sequentially to allow the student to complete the general education courses (Phase I) in a flexible format. During Phase I, the student can complete not only the general education requirements needed for the associate degree, but can also complete the observation requirements and all necessary documentation required prior to acceptance into the technical portion (Phase II) of the degree. Students must academically qualify to be considered for acceptance to Phase II of the curriculum.

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General education courses for students in the Health Sciences and Nursing Pre-Programs Certificates are available for students in classrooms and laboratories on both the Airport and Beltline Campuses. Allied Health Science courses with a laboratory component are taught only on the Airport Campus in the Health Sciences Building and Lexington Hall. There are no required externships/internships for this program.

Special Requirements

All courses must be completed with a “C” or greater in each course. No more than two courses may be repeated and no course may be repeated more than once. The “Repeat Policy” applies to coursework taken at MTC and also at other colleges.

In addition to the college’s placement test, the student must meet the requirements of the Health Science “Course Repeat Policy” to be eligible for admissions to Phase I. Additional specific eligibility and admissions criteria to the Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant program include:

Pre-Application Considerations

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • High school or college credits in biology, algebra, chemistry, and physics are recommended.

Acceptable Eligibility and Admissions Criteria for Phase I

  • TEASV (September 2014-Present): Composite 60 total percent (reading 70; math 68; science 47) or
  • ACCUPLACER COMPANION (valid 9/4/2021) reading 76; arith 66; El Algebra 107; CLM 63 or
  • ACCUPLACER NEXT-GEN, reading 250; arith 250; QAS 250; AAF 237; or
  • ACT 19 (minimum verbal 18; math 23 or
  • SAT 1080; EBRW 500; Math 580; or
  • Successful completion of the Pre-Health Care Certificate with a cumulative 2.5 GPA and “C” or higher in each course; OR
  • An Associate degree or higher

Admission to the first phase of the program at Midlands Technical College does not guarantee admission to the second phase. Completion of Phase I with adherence to the Health Sciences “Course Repeat Policy,” “Course Acceptance Timeframe Policy” and earning a cumulative 2.75 GPA (in required courses) is required for interview eligibility to Phase II, but does not guarantee admission to Phase II.


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