Physical Therapist Assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the Program accredited?

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Baltimore City Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:


2. When did the program begin accreditation?
The program was initially accredited in 1971 and continues to be designated as a statewide program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The last accreditation site visit occurred in November 2008 and the program was granted accreditation until June 30, 2019.

3. What are the requirements to enter the program?
Students must complete the pre-requisites at BCCC or have courses transferred from another college, and complete written verification of 50 hours observation/volunteer work in a physical therapy setting via the Admission's Recommendation Form and a 2 page Reflection Essay, to the admissions office; the overall GPA must be a minimum 2.5, and pre-requisites GPA must be 2.75. Application to the program must be submitted to the Admissions Office via the Special Admissions Counselor (Brittany Henderson) who will verify eligibility to enter the program. PTT courses (PTA Program) can only be taken in designated sequence and only by students in the program; students who enter the program in fall 2014 will complete it in Spring 2014.

4. When is the deadline for application?
Applications must be received by the last Friday in March prior to the affected Fall Semester for admission to the program for the fall semester. Students who do not have all pre-requisites completed by the end of the semester of application (still have a class to take during the summer) will be placed on a waiting list pending satisfactory completion of requirements. Eligible students are expected to attend an Orientation in early June during which registration for the fall classes will take place. If the class is not filled, applications will continue to be accepted during the summer until the class for fall is filled.

5. What is the class size?
A maximum of 30 students will be accepted for the fall semester.

6. What are the costs associated with the program?
Once a student is accepted into the program, tuition and fees will be needed for 4 semesters plus the intervening summer session 1; books, clinic shirt, and transportation costs to clinic will be required (see link).

7. What will be the clinical requirements during the program?
Students do not attend clinic the 1st semester unless it is for a lecture/demonstration as a group. Clinic assignments are scheduled for 6 all-day sessions during the 2nd semester, 13 all-day sessions during the 3rd semester, and 2 full-time (40 hours/week) clinical affiliations for 5 weeks and 6 weeks during the last semester. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to clinics within the Baltimore metropolitan area. If public transportation is a must, the student must notify the program well in advance of scheduling the student. Students are required to have a recent physical, immunization records, and CPR certification by the beginning of the 2nd semester; they must carry their own health insurance while in clinic; and they may be required to produce a background check and drug testing results. The school will provide professional liability insurance during clinical assignments.

8. What is the completion rate for the PTA Program?
Retention rates vary from 50-65% for the 1st semester primarily because students are not always prepared to focus on their studies in the program. Family responsibilities, job commitments, and additional Gen Ed courses to complete infringe on the necessary study time that should be allotted. After the first semester, retention is much higher at 80-90%, and during the 2nd year it is usually 100%.

9. What are the pass rates on the national licensing exam after graduation?
During the past 5 years, the pass rate has been 100% for graduates of 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006; 93% for 2007.

10. What is the employment rate after graduation?
Many students have job offers during their full-time affiliations during the last semester. Many clinics advertise open positions to the program as our graduates are in demand, and a notebook of these job opportunities in the metropolitan area is made available to students. Employment rate is usually 100%.

Revised 09/18/13