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Dear Prospective Student:

Thank you for your interest in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Northeast Texas Community College. Acceptance to the program is based on multiple criteria and applicants will be ranked by points using information the student provides to the PTA Department.

Please note: A felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the licensing exam.
Please read the following instructions carefully.

For program admission consideration, you must be admitted to Northeast Texas Community College. If you are currently attending NTCC, you should have already completed Step1 and will not need to repeat it.

To be admitted to the college you must complete the following steps:

  • Provide official high school transcripts or GED certificate and official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Furnish THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment, formerly TASP) or approved alternative test scores to the Admissions and Records Office prior to enrolling. If you are exempt from testing, appropriate documentation must be provided.

Upload required materials as part of an application packet for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program; however, the reference forms must be submitted/mailed to:

c/o Dr. Nancy Wilson
Northeast Texas Community College
P.O. Box 1307
MT. Pleasant, TX 75456-1307

Upload the following materials to complete your application for the PTA Program:

Courses in progress: Include the form, Courses in Progress, to be completed and submitted as part of the application. The Courses in Progress form must be signed and dated by the course instructor(s) between March 20th and March 31st of the application year. This form ensures that you receive partial credit towards the PTA core GPA for those classes.

Essay: A typed, double-spaced, well-developed one-to-two page essay that explains your interest in the PTA Program. Comment on previous experiences (work or personal) and hobbies that have influenced your decision to enter into the field of physical therapy. Include ideas about how the PTA Program and subsequent licensure as a licensed physical therapist assistant may influence further educational and career plans.

Observation Hours Forms: Documentation of at least 20 hours of observation and/or work experience in at least three different types of Physical Therapy Departments/Clinics for a total of 60 hours minimum (extra hours up to 100 hours =extra points) is required. Forms for documentation of observation hours are provided as a part of the application at the end of this document. In addition, a Student Observer Evaluation Form that corresponds with each observation form must be mailed to the above address

  • Observation hours can be accrued from any setting that offers physical therapy services. Examples of the different types of physical therapy settings are as follows: Acute care (hospital based inpatients and wound care), Outpatient, Rehab Hospitals and Facilities, Long-Term Care (nursing homes, nursing facilities, and skilled nursing facilities), and Other (Hippotherapy, aquatics, pediatrics, home health care).

    An example of appropriate hours to meet minimum requirements would be 20 hours in acute care, 20 hours in home health, and 20 hours in a nursing home. An example of hours that would NOT meet minimum requirements would be 10 hours acute care, 10 hours home health, and 40 hours in a nursing home.

  • Work experience, directly under a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, may be counted as observation hours. Length and type of experience should be documented on the appropriate observation form(s).
    NOTE: Twenty hours of observation must still be gained in at least two additional areas of physical therapy.
    An example of appropriate hours to meet requirements would be 250 hours work experience in outpatient, 20 hours observation or work experience in pediatrics, and 20 hours observation or work experience in home health. An example of hours that would NOT meet minimum requirements would be 250 hours work experience concentrated in outpatient with no other documented work experience or observation in another area of physical therapy.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact any facility that offers physical therapy services to request observation hours.
  • Please contact facilities between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
  • Ask to speak to the director of physical therapy.
  • Dress in 'business casual' attire which means comfortable slacks and a collared shirt; NO open toe shoes, NO tee shirts, NO perfume or cologne, limited jewelry, and any visible tattoos should be covered.
  • All observation hours must be supervised by a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy, Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant and must be signed by that licensed professional. The attached forms have spaces for both the printed name of your supervisor with credentials AND the signature.
  • Total your observation hours in the appropriate box on each form.
  • Do Not mail/hand in the Observation Forms with the Student Observer Evaluatin forms.
  • Submit the Observation Forms online.

TEAS V (formerly the HOBET): Results Sheet of the TEAS V test (taken prior to application) Information regarding registering for and taking the TEAS V can be obtained by calling Elayne Peters at 903-434-8272 in our Testing Center or you may e-mail her at EPeters@ntcc.edu

IMPORTANT: Do Not Upload. Each Student Observer Evaluation Form should be given to the licensed professional under whom you are observing. The licensed professional should complete the form and return to you in a sealed and signed envelope for mailing. If you choose to hand deliver the completed reference form(s), it/they must be in a sealed envelope, with the signature of the person providing the reference written across the seal of the envelope.


Reference Forms: Do Not Upload. Please do NOT provide more than two reference forms. You will send these to the persons completing the forms. Please provide an envelope pre-addressed to the PTA Program so that the person completing the reference form may mail it back to us directly.

It is your responsibility to see that your references are received by the NTCC PTA department. You may call the PTA office at 903.434.8124 to confirm their arrival.

If you choose to hand deliver the reference form(s), it/they must be in a sealed envelope, with the signature of the person providing the reference written across the seal of the envelope.

All applicants are urged to retain a copy of their complete application and attachments for their records.

Applicants without all of the above documentation/forms will not be considered. Please read the above instructions carefully. After the above information has been reviewed, interview eligibility will be determined and interviews will be scheduled during April. Please note that any information that is misrepresented or falsified may result in denial of admission and expulsion from the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Applications NOT selected will be retained for thirty (30) days after the beginning of the fall semester.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is located in the University Health Sciences Center on the NTCC Main Campus.
For More Information Contact:
Dr. Nancy Wilson, PT
PTA Program Director

Deanna Moody, MS, PT
Director of Clinical Education

Bree McAdams-Thompson
Admin. Asst. to PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
P.O. Box 1307
Mount Pleasant, Texas 75456-1307
Fax 903-434-4423

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This page last updated by N. Wilson on 03/09/2017

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