PTA Program - Ranking Procedures

If there are more than 24 qualified applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, a points based ranking procedure is used. The admission process awards points to students who complete Carroll's application process and the PTA application process

All students are notified prior to the end of May. The highest ranking students are required to complete a writing assignment and an interview.

If any of the original accepted students decline their seats in the program or fail to meet their spring or summer course requirements, the next eligible student on the waiting list is notified.

Once grades have been posted in May or after summer sessions, official transcripts must be submitted to the PTA Program. Any student, who drops a course or fails to earn a “C” or better, is not admitted. 

Transfer courses with grades are included and are assigned quality points based on the letter grade. Transfer credits earned without a letter grade (CLEP, AP, military evaluation, Challenge examination) are not assigned quality points.

The program accepts twenty four students each year.

Points Criteria

  1. Completion of Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (five points for an A, three points for a B and one point for a C).
  2. One point is awarded for being a Carroll County resident or from a community college that is a member of the Mid-Maryland Consortium.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 75 observation hours prior to the application process.If this is completed in three separate settings, three points are awarded; two settings, two points are awarded and one setting, one point is awarded. Students must complete a minimum of 15 hours in a specific setting to acquire points for that setting. All hours count toward the 75 observation hours.
  4. Students having a letter from their employer, on letterhead, verifying they have been a PT tech or aide for at least six months receive one point.
  5. Students who have completed Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 by the end of the Spring Term of the year they wish to enter the program receive one point. Students must submit a copy of their spring schedule if a course is in progress. A midterm grade for the course in progress must be provided to receive credit for it.
  6. Students who will have completed all non-PTA coursework by the beginning of the program receive two points. Students must submit a copy of their spring course schedule and/or summer registration with their application.
  7. Students who were qualified to enter the program the previous year receive one point.



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