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What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares you to become a physical therapist assistant (PTA) and perform selected components of interventions and data collection under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The curriculum combines general education and physical therapy courses. Various facilities are utilized for clinical experiences. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the national licensing examination for the physical therapist assistant. Enrollment in this program is limited; therefore, a selective admissions process is followed. Students enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each required general education course; a minimum grade of C in each required PTA didactic course; and a grade of pass in each clinical practicum course to complete the program

What are my career choices?

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that this field is expected to grow at a very fast pace (greater than 36%) through the year 2010 due to the rapid growth in the number of middle-aged and elderly individuals. Employment opportunities median annual earnings in 2006 $41,410, and the employment growth rate from 2006-2016 is 25%.

Physical Therapist Assistants are among the top 10 fastest growing jobs in the Commonwealth of Kentucky according to the Kentucky Department for Employment Services, Research and Statistics Branch. The projected employment growth rate from 1998-2008 is 47.5%. Jobs in physical therapy and other fields can be found through Madisonville Community College's Career Services Listings.

What are my degree options?

Physical Therapist Assistant – Associate in Applied Science (64-67 Credit Hours)

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Have a cumulative (overall) Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Overall GPA is calculated based on all PTA prerequisite coursework completed prior to the date of application. Mid-term grades for classes in which the applicant is enrolled during the semester of application will NOT be used in the calculation of an applicant s cumulative GPA.

PTA is a selective admission program accepting 16 students each year. The deadline for the application process is October 1 annually.

In addition to MCCs Admission page, candidates to the program must meet the following minimum standards: 

  • Enrollment in and/or completion of the following courses with a grade of C or higher at the time of application: ENG 101, MAT 150, BIO 137, BIO 139, PSY 110, and AHS 105. 
  • Submission of a valid ACT/SAT score;
  • Submission of official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges; 
  • Submission of a MCC Application (unless currently enrolled at the time of application); 
  • Verification of attendance at a Preadmission Conference
  • Verification of 2 Physical Therapy Clinicians Interviews
  • Submission of a personal letter of application
  • Submission of 3 letters of recommendation (in the form of PTA Program Recommendation Surveys), 1 of which must be completed by a PT or PTA
  • Submission of a PTA Program Application Packet

Preference may be given to applicants who:

  • Have a cumulative (overall) Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Overall GPA is calculated based on all previous college coursework completed through the summer semester preceding the date of application. Mid-term grades for classes in which the applicant is enrolled during the semester of application will not be used in the calculation of an applicant s overall GPA.

  • Have a cumulative Key GPA of 3.0 or higher (includes grades in BIO 137: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, BIO 139: Human Anatomy and Physiology II, MAT 150: College Algebra, and AHS 105: Introduction to Allied Health Occupations). Mid-term grades will be used for key GPA calculation if enrolled in any of these courses at the time of application.

  • Have an ACT (SAT equivalent) composite score of 19 or higher;

  • Have completed 12 or more credit hours in higher education

  • Are Kentucky residents

Applicants will earn points based on certain levels of performance (see Point System for Admission). Applicants that meet the minimum standards for admission requirements will be considered qualified applicants. All qualified applicants will be required to participate in a formal interview with the PTA Program Admission Committee. The intent of the interview is to evaluate the applicant's qualities such as communication abilities and professional demeanor.

All Physical Therapist Assistant preadmission conferences for fall 2020 admission will be held on the MCC Health Sciences Campus, in the Baptist Health Allied Health Sciences Building, Room 112. 

Verified attendance at a Preadmission Conference is a requirement for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Registration is not required to attend.

  • March 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Canceled)
  • April 21, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Canceled)
  • May 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Canceled)
  • August 6, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You can also attend the next online "virtual" conference, scheduled May 8th at 1:00 pm. Please contact Stephanie Taylor to register.

Projected Program Cost

Length of Program

You can obtain an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years. Following the completion of required general education coursework, and successful admission to the program, you will complete the technical component of the curriculum after three consecutive semesters. The program admits one cohort of students each year. Once admitted to the program, the technical component of the curriculum begins in January.


Physical Therapist Assistant program at Madisonville Community College is accredited by the Commission on in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (270) 824-1743 or email

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Stephanie Taylor, PTA, MAE

Physical Therapist Assistant

PTA Program Director,


Amanda Skeen, PT

Physical Therapist Assistant

Program ACCE,
Associate Professor