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Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate in Applied Science Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

The Associate in Applied Science Physical Therapist Assistant Degree prepares students to perform physical therapy treatments and related duties under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Graduates must take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) to practice as physical therapist assistants in many states including Illinois.

For more information, please visit the Physical Therapist Assistant Department

PTA Program Description

The core courses of the Morton College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program begin in August of each academic year and continue for two years (four semesters) as a full-time day curriculum. Each core course is offered once a year. Core courses must be completed in sequential order.


Students who enroll in the professional/technical component of the program can expect to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week in the classroom or lab each semester.


The program prepares PTA students to provide skilled, direct patient care under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist in a variety of health care settings.


To graduate, the PTA student must achieve a grade of 75% or better in all PTA coursework (PHT) and maintain a college GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

PTA Program Clinical Experiences

Clinical experiences are designed to integrate classroom learning progressively into hands-on clinical intervention. With each clinical experience, students are expected to increase their competency and the level of their clinical skills and responsibilities.


Clinical experiences are offered in the second year of the program in the Fall (one four-week block; 40 hours per week) and Spring (two six-week blocks; 40 hours per week) Semesters.


Prior to beginning clinical education, students are required to obtain a criminal background check and undergo a drug screen. Students who have committed a felony or other disqualifying offense may be ineligible to proceed with clinical education.

PTA Program Student Complaint Policy

Students are encouraged to first attempt to address any concerns with faculty or other program personnel directly. If this is not feasible or if the situation remains unresolved then the student is encouraged to report their concerns to the program director. When this is not feasible or if the situation remains unresolved, the student is encouraged to follow the formal complaint procedures of the college (found in the Morton College Catalog).


Any complaint/grievance related to the PTA program that is not related to a PTA student’s academics or behavior while enrolled in the PTA program will be handled as follows:

  • Complaints should be directed to the PTA Program Director.
  • The PTA Program Director will investigate the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved informally a formal grievance may be filed in writing with the Dean of Health Sciences, who will review the complaint. If necessary, the Dean of Health Sciences and/or other appropriate administration will meet with the person filing the complaint/grievance to resolve the issue.
  • The general public is invited to raise concerns or complaints at the monthly meetings held by the Morton College Board. Board meetings and agenda are announced on the Morton College website


Further information regarding student complaint and grievance procedures can be found in the Morton College Catalog.