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Health Professions: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

PTA Program

Application deadline:  April 15


Admission procedures

Selection process


Print PTA Program Packet



Admission Procedures

The following steps must be completed by April 15 to be eligible for Fall admission:

  1. Apply to Tidewater Community College. TCC Admissions process

  2. Complete a Health Professions Application indicating Physical Therapy Assistant as your program choice. Submit to the Domicile Health Professions and Records Office (Virginia Beach Campus), Princess Anne Building, Room A-100A, 1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.

    Applications will be date stamped. Applications can be mailed or hand delivered to:

    Gloria Singleton
    Domicile Health Professions and Records Office, A-100A
    Tidewater Community College
    1700 College Crescent
    Virginia Beach, VA 23453

  3. If you would like to receive transfer credit for prerequisite, preadmission general education coursework from previous colleges, you must contact the Registrar at each college and have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of the Registrar. ***Transfer credit will be accepted for general education classes only.  As of   July 1, 2012, technical classes from other PT/PTA programs will no longer be accepted for transfer credit.

  4. Submit online form, Request for Evaluation of Previous Educational Experiences SS-033
    Data must be received by the Office of the College Registrar in order to evaluate your transcripts and assign transfer credit. Verify receipt of all transcripts and forms by contacting the Office of the Registrar.

  5. If you have not yet successfully completed a college-level English or Math class, you will need to take placement tests. These tests determine the appropriate English and Math developmental classes a student must take before enrolling in ENG 111 and PTH 121 respectively. Locations, times, and costs of placement tests are located on the testing website.

  6. If you have never taken or have not recently taken high school or college biology (BIO 1, BIO 100, BIO 101), you may be required to take NAS 2 as a refresher course prior to enrolling in BIO 141. Call the Counseling Center, (757) 822-7211 for more information.

  7. Computer competency test
    Prior to graduation from the program, students must demonstrate computer competency in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and internet/e-mail. You can either take ITE 115 (Introduction to Microcomputer Software), or call the Counseling Center at (757) 822-7211 to schedule to take a computer competency test.

  8. Forty hours of documented observation or work hours, twenty hours in each of two different physical therapy practice settings (i.e., outpatient and acute care, skilled nursing facility and outpatient, etc.) under the supervision of a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.

  9. Two recommendation forms from employers, professional associates, clinicians, or professors.        
  10. Complete all pre-requisite, preadmission general education coursework.       
  11. Recommend completion of BIO 142 and a humanties elective.



Selection Process

  • Applications will be reviewed first for the prerequisites, preadmission general education courses, hours, and recommendations. 
  • Points will be awarded to applicants in the following manner:

Academic Points


BIO 141 & 142
SDV 101 & HLT 130
All other general education classes
A = 30 points
A = 5 points
A = 10 points
B = 15 points
B = 2 points
B = 5 points


  • These represent points for first-time takers; second-time takers will receive one-half the allotted points; third-time takers will receive no points.
  • No points are awarded for "C" grades, however, they are considered for transfer.
  • Please attend an Open House Information Session to learn ways to strengthen your application.

Hours Points

  • Applicants must complete a minimum of 40 hours (20 hours in each of 2 different practice settings (acute care and outpatient; skilled nursing and outpatient, etc)).  Applicants can complete an additional 160 hours - complete 200 hours total. You earn 1 point for every 10 hours of observation/work in a PT facility. Applicants earning the minimum 40 hours earn 4 points.  Applicants earning the maximum 200 hours earn 20 points. 

Recommendation Points

  • Recommendation Forms:     Excellent rating = 5 points

                                                 Good rating = 2 points

The top 25-32 point earners will be accepted into the program each year. The next ten qualified applicants will make up the waiting list and placed in order of points earned. The date stamped on the student’s application will decide all point ties.

If a student is not accepted into the program and is still interested; he/she must resubmit a Health Professions Program application by the April 15 deadline for the following fall semester.
Applicants will not be considered without an updated application.