• Physical Therapist Assistant Program Application Process


  • Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Diversity and Inclusion: The program seeks to build a diverse community of learners and invites applicants across the spectrum of diversity to apply and enter the program.

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    Prior to applying, read the Admission Details for the year you plan to apply as admissions criteria, deadlines and prerequisites, are subject to change from year to year. The previous year’s application information is posted only as a resource. It is your responsibility to be informed and adhere to all requirements, procedures and deadlines for the application year you are applying.

    Thank you for your interest in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mt. Hood Community College! You must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. The deadline for fall term 2024 admission is April 12, 2024. 

    How to Apply

    1.  Become an MHCC Student

    Apply for General Admission to MHCC if you are new or have not attended in the last four (4) terms. Select AGS in Health Professions as your major. Please note it could take 1-2 business days to receive your MHCC ID number. 

    2.  Pay Application Fee ($35)

    Once you are ready to submit your application, pay the $35 non-refundable application fee. You will need to upload your payment receipt to submit with your application. 

    3. Complete Prerequisite Courses and Submit Official Transcripts

    Submit official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges/universities where you completed prerequisite courses. If you’re finishing prerequisites in winter term, wait until grades are posted before requesting transcripts. 

    Transcripts must be issued directly by the institution from which the course(s) were completed. Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Official electronic transcripts via secure electronic delivery service may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu. E-transcripts cannot be sent from the student to MHCC as they are not considered official. If submitting transcripts by mail, send to: 

    Mt. Hood Community College – PTA Application 
    Admissions, Registration and Records 
    26000 SE Stark St. 
    Gresham OR 97030 


    • Regionally Accredited Institutions:  Required for prerequisite courses. 

    • Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions: Not required. 

    • AP, CLEP, DSST or IB Transcripts/Scores: Required only if using for meeting the admission requirement for non-A&P courses  and must be issued directly from College Board, DSST or International Baccalaureate in a sealed envelope (see credit alternatives) and sent directly to MHCC. 

    • Foreign/Non-US Based Educational Transcript: Required only if using to meet admission requirements and must first be evaluated by an outside credential service. The evaluated transcript must be submitted by the application deadline for the program. For more information, visit  international transcript. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts could take up to six weeks. Start this process early. A foreign bachelor's degree does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements. 

    • MHCC transcript: Not required, already on file. 

    4. Apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program  

    Submit your application from November 1, 2023 through April 12, 2024. If applicable, have documents ready for uploading and transcript(s) present for entering your prerequisite courses. Once started, your application cannot be saved.

    Application Timeline*
    September 2023

    Application information available online.

    November 1, 2023 
    You may submit your application.

    April 12, 2024

    Application deadline. All materials due to MHCC. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for admissions.

    May 10, 2024  Applicants are notified of admission status.
    June 13, 2024 

    Required orientation for accepted students.

    September 23, 2024 Fall term classes begin

    *Dates are subject to change. Any changes to the processing timeline will be updated here immediately. Do not inquire about the status of your application while processing is taking place.  

    After You Apply

    After you've applied to the PTA program, here's what the selection process entails. 

    All students who meet the prerequisites will have the chance to be admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. When there are more applicants than available seats, admissions will be by lottery. Applicants will be informed about admission to the program by May 10, 2024. Any applicant that is not admitted to the program via the lottery will be placed on a waitlist. 

    Acceptance to Program

    If you are offered a seat in the program, you will be required to complete the following to keep your position:

    Attend the required orientation in June (a specific date and time will be in your acceptance letter). At orientation, you will:

    • receive registration information for fall term.
    • meet with your instructors and classmates, learn about the required health and safety documents, criminal background check and drug screen. These must be completed and turned in by the assigned due dates. 

    Admission Disclosures

    Mt. Hood Community College reserves the right to modify the criteria and the process for selection.

    Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Admission of all students to the program is centralized in the Admissions, Registration and Records office. This office has the final authority on what constitutes equivalency for all admission criteria and the sole authority to inform students of their admission status. 

    If you have questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, please email LRadmissions@mhcc.edu

    Reasons for Admission Disqualification

    Withholding information or providing materially misleading or giving untruthful answers to questions on the program application or during the application process could be cause for non‐acceptance or dismissal from the program. If you were admitted and then failed a required course or were dismissed from the program or any other health related program, you may be denied admission into the program. 

    Individuals with a criminal record may not be allowed into a healthcare facility as a student. Because it is not possible to meet the objectives of the program without having clinical experience, anyone with a positive criminal or abuse history may not be eligible for acceptance in the physical therapist assistant program. In addition, the Physical Therapist Licensing Board requires a criminal background check upon applying for licensure. If you have a positive criminal background, it is suggested you speak with the Dean of Health Professions before applying to the program. 

    Previous AdmissionIf you were previously accepted into the program and then declined acceptance or withdrew, you may not be given priority consideration in subsequent applications. You will need to re‐apply to the program and will be required to meet the current program admission requirements and program standards. Materials cannot be brought forward from previous applications for a current application. Updated official transcripts are required if new courses have been taken.


    Application Statistics
    Year Total Applicants Complete Incomplete Most common reasons for incomplete applications
    2023 5241 11 
    • GPA too low
    • Missing transcripts
    • Mismatched A&P series
    2022 655411
    • Incomplete A&P series
    • Missing transcripts
    • GPA too low
    2021 85 69 16
    • GPA too low
    • Missing transcripts
    • Incomplete A&P series
    • No lab on A&P series