The Physical Therapist Assistant Program has been designed as a 1+1 program. Students should complete the General Education requirements (Phase 1) at their own pace, and then apply for acceptance into the highly specialized, Clinical Phase of the program (Phase II). It is recommended that General Education requirements be completed within five (5) years prior to application to the Clinical Phase, and it is mandatory for the Biology requirements unless waived by the program director.
ALL of the requirements for application into Phase II of the Program must be submitted to the PTA department by the April 15th DEADLINE of the year in which the student is applying. These requirements include SUCCESSFUL completion of:
- the ACM College Application Form;
- the PTA Program Application Form;
- all General Education (Phase I) courses with a grade of "C" or better;
- minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all Phase I courses;
- forty (40) documented volunteer hours with a score of 70% or higher and marked as highly recommended, recommended, or recommended with reservations. The volunteer hours must be with a licensed Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant performed within the year of application at two different facilities. Twenty (20) of the forty (40) hours must be in a hospital or long term care setting and the remaining 20 hours must be in an outpatient setting. The observation forms must be submitted directly to the College PTA Department by the supervising PT at the clinical facility by April 15th. The observation evaluation must be submitted in a confidential manner or it will not be accepted. Students may opt to do another rotation for an additional 20 hours if they feel they did poorly in a rotation. Additional hours need to be in the same setting in which they felt they may have performed poorly. The average of all rotations will be calculated toward the final score;
- a meeting with the PTA Program Director or Clinical Coordinator within 6 months prior to the April 15th deadline to be sure the file is complete. This meeting may be via face to face, phone, or e-mail at the discretion of the Program Director;
- a written response to an essay question;
- the professional interview process with a 70% or higher.
Admission to the Clinical Phase (Phase II) of the Program is competitive and completion of the above requirements does not guarantee admission. Please contact the Physical Therapist Assistant Program for complete information on the application process. Students planning to transfer into this program should consult with an advisor or the Student Success Center regarding specific program and course transfer issues. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Allegany College of Maryland has been designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program. The Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has determined certain health occupations in the state to be in short supply. The Maryland Higher Education Commission has designated educational programs that correspond to these health occupations to be eligible for the Health Manpower Shortage Program. Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the State of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. More information can be obtained by contacting the Admissions Office.