Health Professions: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
Application deadline: April 15
The following steps must be completed by April 15 to be eligible
for Fall admission:
- Apply to Tidewater Community College. TCC Admissions process
- 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:
Domicile Health Professions and Records Office, A-100A
Tidewater Community College
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
- 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.
- Submit online form,
Request for Evaluation
Previous Educational Experiences
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Two recommendation forms from employers, professional associates,
clinicians, or professors.
- Complete all pre-requisite, preadmission general education coursework.
- Recommend completion of BIO 142 and a humanties elective.
- Applications will be reviewed first for the prerequisites, preadmission general education courses, hours, and recommendations.
- Points will be awarded to applicants in the following
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
- Please attend an Open House Information Session to learn ways to strengthen your application.
- 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 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
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.