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Admission Information

In any academic (school) year, students are admitted selectively to begin studies in the Fall Semester which starts in August of each year. The deadline for acceptance of applications for admission in the Fall of 2021 is February 1, 2021. Only those applications with complete files will be considered as eligible. Completed files are considered those files that include the following:

  • PTA application
  • HS transcripts (Official)
  • College transcript through Fall 2020
  • Completed prerequisite coursework and general education (highly recommended) coursework (See Forms and Worksheets under Quick Links below for further details)
  • Two signed letters of recommendation
  • Completed observation hours and form (See Forms and Worksheets under Quick Links below for further details)
  • New student information form
  • Proof of PTA Information Session attendance

For complete details on the PTA Program Application Process, see Application Process under Quick Links below.

Applicants must meet all general college admission requirements for degree seeking students as outlined in the Morton College Catalog. Apply Now!

NOTE: Meeting the minimum college admission requirements DOES NOT guarantee admission to the PTA Program. Applicants must also meet and complete the PTA Program specific requirements and application process.

Dr. Alison Gehrke, PT, DPT

Associate Dean of Health Sciences
Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Applicants with a complete application file will be considered eligible for an interview. Interviews will be scheduled after February 1, 2021. Participation in the interview is required for inclusion and exclusion purposes.

Admission to Morton College’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is competitive. Admission points will be awarded for both subjective criteria (interview) as well as objective criteria (admission points for eligible courses; see Pre-PTA Worksheet found in Forms and Worksheets under Quick Links below). In the event of a “tie” the overall cumulative college GPA in pre-admission courses will be used.

For most students, the program will require a full-time and daytime commitment. In the second year of the program, students will participate in the clinical affiliation/experience portion of the academic program (details on clinical experiences can be found on the main PTA Program webpage). Clinical affiliations are full-time experiences. Students are advised NOT to pursue full-time employment during clinical education. Students are responsible for their own transportation related to clinical experiences. NOTE: A criminal background check (requiring a Social Security number) and a physical examination are required for 2nd year clinicals. Questions regarding clinical affiliation requirements for the PTA Program can be directed to the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (see Faculty under Quick Links for contact information).

Only students officially accepted to the PTA Program may enroll in courses with the PHT prefix, except for PHT 101. Classes begin only in the Fall Semester of each academic (school) year. To complete the professional core and general education credits (which are a part of the curriculum), students should plan on attending school for 2 ½ full (Fall/Spring/Summer) academic years or more.

Eligible applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks after the admissions committee has determined successful candidates. Meeting the minimum pre-admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the PTA Program.

Applicants who do not meet eligibility requirements will receive a written letter and will be recommended for advising.

NOTE: Applications to the PTA Program DO NOT roll over from year to year. Applicants must apply to the program each year to be considered for admission.

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