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Information about classes, course descriptions, and the program can be found on the Morton College PTA Program’s website, or by requesting a PTA admissions/application packet by emailing and contacting the Office of Admissions and Records. PTA admissions/application packets are available each year after October 1st. Also, during select times in the school year, the college offers information sessions or college fairs to discuss healthcare programs offered through the college. These are open to the public. See college website for more information. PTA program brochures are available through the college.

Observing, volunteering, or working in a Physical Therapy clinic are all ways of learning more about the field of physical therapy. Contact the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, call at 1-800-999-APTA, or visit for more information about physical therapy careers.

there were 28 accepted students who enrolled in the PTA Program.

It is best to contact a hospital, skilled nursing facility or physical therapy office in your own community first. Explain that you are applying for the Morton College PTA Program and you are required to observe a PT or PTA in a physical therapy setting as part of the PTA program’s admissions requirements. The PTA program requires you to observe in two different physical therapy settings (one inpatient and one outpatient). Some clinics or departments may not be able to honor your request and others may have certain procedures to follow. If the clinic does allow for student observation, make an appointment and be prepared by taking your observation form (provided in the application packet and under “Forms and Worksheets” on the PTA Program website) and dressing appropriately. It is important that you understand the differences between a PT and PTA. Make the most of the observation time – ask questions if you do not understand

All applicants must interview for inclusion and exclusion purposes with the PTA Program Admission Committee. Interview letters will be mailed/emailed to eligible applicants after February 1st. All applicants are asked the same questions. The interview consists of questions related to the following areas: Motivation, Understanding the role of the PTA, Adaptability, Problem Solving, Teamwork, Conflict Resolution, Empathy, Communication Skills. The interview will last approximately 20-40 minutes. Please dress in business casual attire.

he Office of Admissions and Records evaluates official transcripts to determine whether courses from other colleges will transfer. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within five years of the application deadline. Otherwise, general education courses will usually transfer. All PTA applicants are required to meet with an academic healthcare advisor before February 1st.

All professional/technical content courses of the PTA Program, meaning those with a prefix “PHT” are only offered at fixed times, in a four-semester sequence and must be taken in the stated sequence. Upon selection for admission into the program, classes begin in the Fall semester (August) of each year. Each successive semester of course work is dependent on satisfactory completion of the previous work, earning a grade of “C” or better in all courses, before progressing to the next semester. Consult the current schedule or speak with the program director about when courses are offered. Currently, all of the professional/technical courses are offered during the daytime.

Because of the way the courses are sequenced, the professional part of the program takes four semesters to complete. The third and fourth semesters include the time for your full-time clinical affiliations. Although it is not required, we recommend that all general education courses be completed prior to starting the professional part of the program. This will allow you to have a lighter study load each semester. All prerequisite course work MUST be completed before applying to the PTA program. No exceptions will be made.

Tuition for in-district students for 2020-2021 academic (school) year is $148 per credit hour*. The number of credit hours varies from semester to semester. An average semester of core PTA course work costs approximately $2,230.  Additional fees* for PTA students include the following: Books – cost varies each semester (buy new, buy used, rent new, rent used, buy digital) $400-$700. Application Fee, (first-time enrollees) $200*. Registration Fee per semester $10*. Comprehensive Fee, per credit hour,$9*. Technology Fee (per credit hour) $9*. Admission Fees, Professional Student Dues/Fees, and Supply Fees, per select courses, range $200-$300*. Simulation/Clinical/Lab Fees, per select courses, range $50-$100*; total student fees for the fiscal year 2021 (for all four semesters), ~$1,430/student*. Malpractice Insurance Premium, per clinical course, $15*.  (* Note: Fees are subject to change as determined by fee increases affixed by the college). Other costs may include uniform, healthcare cost, travel and insurances. Some out-of-district students may qualify for status as a “chargeback student” for the professional component of the PTA program (courses with prefix PHT). They must seek prior approval for chargeback by their local community college and present the necessary authorization forms at the time of registration. Certain restrictions do apply.

PTA students must be able to sit, stand and walk for prolonged periods of time, frequently bend and squat and lift heavy loads. For the specific “Essential Skills” required of the PTA student please refer to the PTA Program’s website.

Although we recognize that work provides income for your education, home, and sometimes family, this does not diminish your obligation to learn. Because the PTA Program is selective for admission, there is an equal expectation that you will make the commitment to prepare yourself and strive to learn at your best potential. It is recommended for best success that full-time students do not work, especially during the final semester of the program, which is the most intense for study and clinical education.

The current curriculum schedules the initial clinical affiliation in the third semester of the program (Fall of the second professional year) conducted in one 4-week block of 40 hours per week. In the final semester (Spring of the second professional year) you will successfully complete two full-time clinical affiliations in two 6-week blocks of 40 hours per week. Each student is required to complete a minimum of one clinical affiliation in an inpatient and outpatient setting. You are responsible for your own transportation to each clinical assignment for which there may be additional costs such as parking and/or meals. Every effort is made to provide a variety of clinical sites and locations for each experience. However, it is not always possible to offer a site convenient to your home or to exactly fit your interests. Clinical affiliations are not assigned based on location. PTA students must be CPR certified and have a complete physical prior to beginning their clinical experience. A criminal background check and drug screen will also be required prior to commencing clinical education. A valid social security number will be required for the criminal background check. If a background check is not completed, the student will NOT be eligible for clinical education and will be ineligible to continue in the program.

Yes, most states require testing for licensure or certification before you will be allowed to work. The State of Illinois requires licensure by examination for all new graduates of a PTA Program. During the final semester, you will be given more information about application for licensure and an examination preparatory course is usually offered to assist in your success. There are instances when the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) may refuse to issue a license. Applicants convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may have difficulty obtaining a license. It is your responsibility to obtain more information on the licensure process and to review the list of potential situations where the IDFPR may refuse to issue a license; you are advised to contact the IDFPR in Springfield, Illinois by phone at (217) 782-0800 or on their website at (


NOTE: Students enrolling in instructional programs with state and/or federal licensure requirements, including residency and employment eligibility requirements, should contact the appropriate regulatory agency prior to enrolling in classes.

The State of Illinois requires that your PTA license be renewed every two years starting with the nearest year ending in an odd number (i.e. 2017/2019). Part of the requirement for renewal is mandatory continuing education of 20 contact hours for the two-year cycle. Your PTA degree constitutes all or part of your CEUs during the first licensure cycle after graduation. Information and exceptions about these requirements can be found through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation, 320 West Washington, 3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62786, by phone at (217) 782-0800 or on their website at (

PTA students must have daily access to a computer that is internet accessible and is compatible with Microsoft Word. Web-based technology and computer mediated communication form an integral part of the PTA Program.

The PTA Program is currently a daytime program and requires a full-time commitment. Class schedules will vary each semester. PTA students will be enrolled in 4-6 technical courses each semester. Each course will require additional study time outside of class meetings. You are required to purchase and read the required textbooks indicated on the course syllabus.

Applications DO NOT carry over from year to year. Applicants must reapply to the PTA program each year. A student will be readmitted to the program only once.