How to Apply to Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Application Timeline

Fall Admission

  • September 2–June 1: Application available
  • June 1: Application deadline
    • No late applications accepted.
  • July: Applicants notified of their status

Follow These Steps to Apply to PTA

Step 1: Apply to TCC

Apply online with ApplyTCC (use Firefox or Chrome for the best experience)

Once you are accepted as a student at TCC, you will get a TCC Student ID number.

You need a TCC Student ID number for your application to PTA.

Step 2: Attend an Information Session

In our Spring In-Person Information Session, you will find out everything you need to know about our program: requirements, courses, costs, and more.

Attending an information session is an application requirement.

When & Where

Can't make it to our in-person information session? Don't worry!

You can still meet the information session application requirement.

Here's how:

  1. Review the PTA Information Session Slides (PDF)Listen
  2. Download the PTA Interest Meeting Quiz (PDF)Listen
  3. Answer all the questions
  4. Submit your completed Quiz with your application


Health Care Professions Advising Resource Hub

Janette Keen, Career Advisor

Call 817-515-1484

Step 3: Make sure you are eligible to apply

What are the requirements?

For details, go to Selective Admission: PTA

Step 4: Get current official transcripts

You will need to submit your official college transcripts from all colleges and schools you have attended to the TCC Admissions and Registrar Office.

If your transcript includes courses from other institutions, you will also need to request an evaluation of your transfer coursework.

If you have not attended college or if you will have fewer than 12 college semester hours by the application deadline, you will need to submit your official high school transcript(s).

International Students

Contact International Student Admissions & Compliance (817-515-1570) at least 8 weeks before the application deadline to schedule an appointment if you have international transcripts.

Step 5: Take required admissions exams before you apply

  1. Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) Admission Exam

    You can take the HESI A2 exam online through ProctorU or in-person at the Trinity River Campus Testing Center.

    Find out how: See HESI A2 Admission Assessment

    Each HESI attempt must include all 4 sections:

    • Reading comprehension
    • Grammar
    • Math
    • Vocabulary
  2. If English is not your first language

    You will need to take one of the following English readiness exams:

Step 6: Request work / volunteer / observation & reference forms be completed

Documentation of Experience

Give the PT or PTA staff at the facility or facilities where you earned your observation or work experience the "Documentation of Experience Form" to complete.

After completing the form, the clinician who supervised your experience will return the completed form to you, so it can be uploaded within your online application.

Letters of Reference

When you fill out the online PTA application, you will list your professional reference(s) and their email address(es).

Your professional reference(s) will receive and email with a link to a separate form  where they will submit your letter(s) of reference.

Step 7: Submit your application by the deadline

We will not accept late applications.

  1. Fill out and submit your online application

    TCC Health Sciences Program Application

    Have questions about the online application?

    Email us at

  2. Be sure to upload required supporting materials

    • All completed PT observation / experience and reference forms
      • See detailed instructions in the Observation / Work Experience section of the online application.
    • Information Session Certificate of Attendance
      • Upload your Certificate of Attendance in the Observation / Work Experience section of the online application.
    • HESI scores for the 4 required sections (see Step 5)
    • Immunization records
  3. Complete and electronically sign your online application

    We will not accept paper applications.



Trinity River Campus

Health Care Professions
Advising Resource Hub

Janette Keen
Career Advisor

Call 817-515-1484


Advising by Appointment

Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Updated June 03, 2024