How to Apply to Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Application Timeline

Fall Admission

  • September 2–June 1: Application available
  • June—first business day: 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 upcoming virtual 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. You will submit your Certificate of Attendance with your application.

When & Where

We will post details here once we schedule our next information session.


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 Admissions (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


Follow these steps:

  1. Give the PT or PTA staff at the facility or facilities where you earned your observation or work experience the 2 forms to complete.
  2. After completing the forms, the clinician who supervised your experience will seal the forms in an envelope and sign across the sealed closure.
  3. Pick up the sealed, signed envelope and submit it with your other application materials.

Step 7: Submit your application by the deadline

Submit your PTA application by mail or in person.

Your complete application must include your:

  • Signed, complete application
  • Signed, sealed envelope with the completed PT experience / observation and reference forms
  • HESI scores for the 4 required sections (see Step 5)
  • Application checklist
  • Immunization records
  • Information Session Certificate of Attendance

Our Address

TCC Health Sciences Department
Trinity River Campus East
TRHN 3211A
245 East Belknap Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102-1901

No late applications will be accepted.



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 01, 2023