PTA Admission Requirements

The PTA application cycle is Oct. 1 through Feb. 14, for the program beginning the following fall semester. 

Note: The 2021 application cycle deadline has been extended to June 1.

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  • Health Care Application for the PTA Program. To establish residency, students must submit a copy of their driver's license or state issued ID with their application.
  • High school graduation or High School Equivalency Certificate if less than 20 credit hours of U.S. College credit
  • Weighted, cumulative college GPA of 2.75 or higher (or high school GPA for those with fewer than 12 college credits)
  • Official transcripts of all colleges attended. 
    Foreign high school graduates or students with foreign college credits need to send English translated copies of their transcripts to Educational Perspectives, Students with foreign college credits should request a catalog match.
  • ACT score of 18 or higher, or SAT score of 960 or higher, or 12 hours of college credit with a minimum GPA of 2.75, with at least four credit hours of laboratory science
  • One year of high school biology (with laboratory) or BIO 101 or the equivalent and one year of high school physics (with laboratory) or PHY 101 or the equivalent (completed within the last five years with a minimum grade of C).
  • Prove placement into Oakton English (EGL) 101 through Oakton accepted placement measures, or prove Oakton EGL 101 equivalent taken in college by sending official transcript for evaluation.
  • Limited Enrollment Health Career Accuplacer® Reading Assessment test, taken at Oakton’s Testing Center. Required minimum score is 76 if taken prior to Oct. 15, 2018, or a required minimum score of 250 if taken after Oct. 15, 2018. Results expire after three years. Scores from more than two attempts will be averaged.
  • Completed observation essay based on observation at a physical therapy facility for a minimum of 20 hours, with at least 10 hours of observation and written recommendations from both a PT and a PTA. All forms are available in the student application portal after applying.
  • Two recommendation forms: One recommendation form from a physical therapist and one recommendation form from a physical therapist assistant at the observation site. A minimum of 10 hours of observation must be spent with each. All forms are available in the student application portal after applying.
  • Interview with and consent of PTA

Information for foreign high school graduates or students with foreign college credits

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the PTA program. Participation in the PTA program requires satisfactory health as demonstrated and certified by a current physical examination, and proof of medical insurance. Participation in the clinical education component of the program requires a clear criminal background check and clear drug screening.

Applicants with complete files by the published deadline for each application cycle will be ranked using a numerical point scale. The top ranked applicants will be interviewed by the program chair or admission committee beginning April. Priority admission is given to legal residents of Oakton Community College District 535. Out-of-state and VISA holders may be ranked after July 1, based on space availability. Before registering for classes, admitted students will be required to submit a current, complete physical examination record and a copy of their health insurance card to prove coverage. Part of the physical exam includes immunizations.

These minimum qualifications are subject to change.


  1. Official high school and college transcripts* from all colleges attended must be sent to the Enrollment Center, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. When all transcripts have been received, they will be evaluated by a Credentials Analyst.
  2. Foreign high school graduates or students with foreign college credit who wish to have credits transferred must have English-translated transcripts evaluated by Educational Perspectives. Oakton requires the catalog-match approach. (Obtain form from the Enrollment Center.)

*A transcript is considered official when it is sent by mail from one institution to another or if sent to the student's residence, it must be kept in the sealed envelope and brought directly to the Enrollment Center, Room 1860.