Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist Assistant

Explanation of Rating Sheet

The PTA Rating Sheet serves as a guide for prospective students through the initial application process to the PTA program at CCCC. To utilize this tool most effectively, this guide will be completed with an Admissions Counselor.

Central Carolina Community College serves the public without regard to Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Age, Sex and Sexual Orientation, Gender, Family status, Disability status, Veteran status, or any Health or Genetic Information.

Program Planning

During Phase 1, prospective students will meet with an Admissions Counselor to ensure sections A through E are complete or develop a plan to complete the items/courses that have not been addressed. The agreement for Phase 1 must be signed.

Section A: Students should apply to CCCC and all transcripts must be submitted to the Registrar. Acceptance to the College does not guarantee acceptance to the PTA program.

Section B: Placement test scores within the last 5 years are recorded. If a prospective student has a degree from an accredited two or four-year institution, these tests may not be necessary. Student counselors and advisors with the admissions process will advise applicants.

Section C: Placement scores and/or previous coursework documented with transcripts may require developmental courses to be eligible to apply to the PTA program. A grade of "C" or better is required for courses to be considered for Chemistry, Biology and Computer Technology pre-requisites. All transcripts

Section D:

  • Prospective students must attend an Information Session conducted by the PTA program faculty.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 cumulative; 2.0 for the previous semester (minimum 6 credit hours). The PTA program is expected to be very competitive. We encourage all applicants to bring forth their best work for consideration into the program.
  • Applicants that previously withdrew or were dismissed from ANY type of college-level health science or allied health program must provide a letter of explanation - on letterhead- from the institution where the withdrawal or dismissal occurred. Any "W" or "F" will also require official explanation from the respective institution.
  • TOEFL is required for any non-U.S. and naturalized citizens. Test scores should be within the previous 5 years of an application to the PTA program.
  • Applicants should complete 20 total volunteer/observation hours from 2 different settings (Setting examples: inpatient, outpatient, home health, rehab hospital, short term rehab, neurological rehab, etc.). Applicants should call the facility and schedule these times and ask if any requirements are necessary. Some facilities may have prospective volunteers/observers complete an orientation and sign appropriate paperwork. Applicants should spend a minimum of 4 continuous hours at any given setting. These hours should be completed within 1 year of the PTA application. Hours must be verified and signed by a licensed PT or PTA.

Section E: A meeting with an Admission Counselor is required to review progress, establish an AVISO plan and ensure all minimum requirements are met.

Ranking Review
  • Phase 2 of the application identifies the General Education core courses that are required to complete the PTA program and defines the point values that are used to determine the "Ranking" position.
  • Section D offers options for supplemental coursework to earn additional "bonus points."
  • Phase 2 should be completed with an Admissions Counselor.
  • Although it is not necessary to complete General Education Core Plan courses prior to applying to the PTA program, applicants are strongly urged to complete as many as possible prior to applying to the PTA program to allow more focus on PTA core courses.
  • Applicants who have completed the general education courses at an accredited two or four -year institution will earn credit for the following list of courses WITHOUT regard to length of time that has elapsed since their completion: One Humanities course (3 SHC), two Social Science courses (6 SHC), one Communications course (3 SHC) and one English course (3 SHC) for a total of fifteen semester credit hours. Refer to transfer credit policy in the College catalog and the Registrar's Office for clarifications regarding courses that transfer.
Post-Admission Requirements
  • Phase 3 offers guidance for those students admitted to the program. Prospective students will benefit from this information to determine if any program specific requirement(s) need to be addressed prior to the admission process.
  • A dress code will be enforced for Lab activities, during any Clinical Site visits and field trips off-campus.
  • Criminal background checks and drug screening will be required by all students prior to the first semester of clinical rotations. Any type of finding on a background check (fraud, perjury, embezzlement, theft, criminal acts) may cause concern for a potential clinical site and deny a student access to their facilities.
  • The PTA program will have one entry point for a class. A student can withdraw from a PTA class, but will not be able to continue through the program resulting in dismissal from the program. Re-admission to the program will be awarded on a "space available" basis.
  • RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION is a MUST for the entire program.