Physical Therapist Assistant

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program that prepares students to work in a variety of health care settings providing physical therapy service under the direction of a physical therapist. During the program, students are educated on the theories and principles of therapeutic intervention designed to restore movement, relieve pain, and remediate impairment, and ultimately minimize disability.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to register for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for physical therapist assistants, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, to obtain professional licensure.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each PTA course to progress in the program. Courses must be taken sequentially and competencies stated in each course syllabus must be met.

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Attain an 18 composite score on the national ACT;
  • Attain a 16 or 17 composite on the national ACT and complete 18 semester hours of program general education coursework with an average of “C” or above at an accredited college or university.  These 18 hours of coursework should be selected from the following: Physical Science Survey I, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, College Algebra, English Composition I, General Psychology, Public Speaking, and Humanities/Fine Arts elective.  Anatomy and Physiology must have been completed within three years prior to admission into the PTA program; and
  • Observe in a Physical Therapy Department; and
  • Submit two references; and
  • Submit an autobiographical essay; and
  • Attend an interview session after all other requirements have been met.

Admission is competitive, and specific admission requirements must be met.  All requirements and required application materials are due by May 1, preceding the fall admission desired.  The deadline will be extended, if needed, until maximum enrollment is met.

The PTA Admissions Committee will select each year’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.  Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission.  The admission process is competitive, and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.  Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows:

  1. In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere;
  4. Out-of-state students.  Check with the Health Education advisor for selection details and deadlines.

After program admission and prior to classes beginning, students must present a physical examination, a CPR Healthcare Provider certification and proof of immunization for MMR. A background check, a Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test, and a random drug screening will be scheduled after enrollment. All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and a background check, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical laboratories.  These fees will be attached as registration fees.  There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in clinical experiences.  If a student is unable to participate in clinical experiences, he/she will be dismissed from the program.  For additional information, contact the Health Education Advisor.

Students in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must attend MCC full time (15 or more semester credit hours).

Course Number Course Description Hours
PHY 2243 Physical Science I 3
PHY 2241 Physical Science I Lab 1
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
BIO 2513 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO 2511 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
PSY 1513 General Psychology 3
PTA 1123 Fundamental Concepts  of Physical Therapy 3
PTA 1111 Health Care Experience I 1
  Semester Hours 18
Course Number Course Description Hours
MAT 1313 College Algebra 3
BIO 2523 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIO 2521 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
PTA 1213 Fundamental Skills for Physical  Therapist Assistants 3
PTA 1315 Kinesiology 5
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
  Semester Hours 21
Course Number Course Description Hours
PTA 1224 Therapeutic Modalities 3
PTA 1911 Seminar 1
PTA 2233 Electrotherapy 3
PTA 1921 Seminar 1
PTA 2413 Clinical Education I 3
  Semester Hours 11
Course Number Course Description Hours
PTA 1324 Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation I 4
PTA 2334 Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation II 4
PTA 2513 Medical Conditions and Related Pathology 3
PTA 2911 Seminar 1
  Semester Hours 12
Course Number Course Description Hours
PTA 2424 Clinical Education II 4
PTA 2434 Clinical Education III 4
PTA 2444 Clinical Education IV 4
PTA 2523 Physical Therapy Seminar 3
  Semester Hours 15
Total Semester Hours 78

Important Notice: Advanced placement credit and/or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) will not substitute for ENG 1113 (English Composition I).

The two-year graduation rate from 2018-2020 is 67.8 percent.  Licensure exam first time pass rates are 89.4 percent for classes graduating 2018-2020 and 89.4 percent overall. The employment rate for graduates over that period is 82.3 percent in either a part-time or full-time position.

CAPTE logoThe Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Meridian 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: outbound link. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (601) 484.8613 or email

MCC’s Physical Therapist Assistant program is a program that meets the education requirements for a Physical Therapy Assistant in MS, and qualifies graduates to take the licensure examination administered by the Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy.  The Physical Therapist Assistant program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the degree meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia.
  • Kinesiology
  • Therapeutic Modalities
  • Electrotherapy
  • Therapeutic Exercise and Rehabilitation
  • $46,000 Salary Range
  • $55,000 Salary Range after five years
For more informationFor more information:
Tommy Winston, PT, DPT, CMP, coordinator
For more informationFor more information:
Anna Hall, advisor