*If the application deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be accepted until the close of business on the next business day.
Note: The Physical Therapist Assistant program is administered by the Chesapeake Area Consortium for Higher Education (CACHE) comprised of Anne Arundel Community College, Chesapeake College and the College of Southern Maryland.
Before you meet with a health sciences advisor, apply to AACC and submit official transcripts from prior academic institutions. Be sure to meet with a health sciences academic advisor.
If you plan to transfer general education requirements, have your official transcripts sent directly to the college's records and registration office. The official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education must be submitted.
Attendance at an information session is highly recommended prior to submitting the Physical Therapist Assistant program application. Call 410-777-7310 for dates, times and locations, or view the schedule on the CACHE website.
You must demonstrate eligibility for ENG-101/ENG-101A. There are a number of ways this can be done:
See an academic advisor for information or visit our Determine Placement page.
You must demonstrate eligibility for College Algebra (MAT-137). There are a number of ways this can be done:
Note: MAT-145, MAT-151, MAT-191 or MAT-230 satisfies the MAT-137 requirement. (Former MAT courses MAT-121, MAT-131, MAT-141 or MAT-142 will also satisfy the MAT-137 requirement.)
For information see an academic advisor or visit our Determine Placement page.
You must present evidence of successful completion of a chemistry course with a grade of C or better by the end of the spring term in which you apply as demonstrated by one of the following:
*CHE-011, CHE-111 or CHE-103 courses are eligible for the Health Manpower Shortage Tuition Waiver.
*If your chemistry course was taken in high school or another college, official transcript will be required.
If home-schooled, the high school curriculum must be under a recognized umbrella organization with the supervision of a state-approved curriculum. AACC may require a course syllabus so that our Chemistry department chair can review and approve the curriculum.
Before you submit your application, you must have your high school transcripts or GED® equivalency transcripts submitted electronically to AACC's records and registration office by the application deadline. A copy of a high school or GED® diploma will not be accepted.
Provide transcript verifying an associate degree or higher from a nationally recognized institution. An official transcript is required if course evaluation and transfer is required and/or if your chemistry requirement was completed in high school.
Note: A transcript/equivalency certificate is considered official when enclosed in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically by the sending institution. It must also include a graduation/completion date and a school official’s signature. Your application will not be considered complete if the required documentation is not received prior to or at the time your application is submitted.
You must have a minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 at this college to be considered for selection to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
If you have taken program prerequisites or other general education courses at a nationally recognized institution other than AACC, you must submit official transcripts with your application for review.
Note: A transcript/equivalency certificate is considered official when enclosed in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically by the sending institution. It must also include a graduation/completion date, if applicable, and a school official’s signature. Your application will not be considered complete if the required documentation is not received prior to or at the time your application is submitted.
Foreign educated students must have their college and high school transcripts evaluated by one of the following credential evaluators:
Foreign educated students must successfully pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 is the equivalent computer score and 79 is the equivalent internet-based score) OR must have completed the ENG-101 or ENG-101A and ENG-102 course sequence with grades of C or better prior to applying to the program. If you need to fulfill this requirement, we recommend that you take the TOEFL test as soon as possible, as this requirement can take time to complete. You must have your official score report sent directly to Anne Arundel Community College. Anne Arundel Community College’s code for TOEFL is 5019.
If you are an international student, there may be additional requirements for you. Visit our international student pages to learn more about visa status and other information.
Note: If you do not have a Social Security number, you may not be permitted at some clinical rotation sites and site availability could delay or inhibit your progression in the program. An international student admission specialist in AACC's Admissions and Enrollment Development office may be able to assist students with F-1 visa status to obtain a Social Security number through practical training. Contact them at 410-777-2677.
The required courses for this program may be found in the Loading....
All students must receive a minimum grade of C or better in each general education course and each physical therapist assistant course to proceed in the program.
Due to the selection process, the Physical Therapist Assistant program cannot accept pass-fail as a replacement for letter grades in the required courses.
Instructions: To calculate your total score, multiply column 2 (# of credits) by the numerical grade and enter in column 4. Add all the scores in column 6 for your total score.
|Required Gen Ed Course
ENG-101 or ENG-101A
BIO-233 or BIO-231
BIO-234 or BIO-232
Arts and Humanities
Selected applicants will have their selection packet for conditional acceptance emailed to their AACC email address.
Applicants who have met the academic and admission requirements and have been selected into the program are given conditional acceptance. If you are granted conditional acceptance, you must submit a completed health examination record and criminal background check by designated deadlines. You must also submit verification of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification by a designated deadline. Students who do not meet this deadline will not be considered further for admission and the next person on the list will be contacted. Instructions on how to complete the criminal background check will be enclosed in the selection packet and are not to be done until instructed to do so.
Students must successfully complete the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification course. CPR certification must be valid through graduation.
All Health Sciences students who are offered conditional acceptance and/or clinical placement into the Physical Therapist Assistant program are required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and possible urine drug screening. For complete details visit the Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening page.
Students conditionally accepted to this program must submit a health examination record completed by a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant validating that the student meets the technical standard of good physical and mental health as established by the School of Health Sciences, and verifying that the student is free of communicable diseases as evidenced by required immunizations/titers.
Learn more about the health examination record to include vaccinations and technical standards.
Anne Arundel Community College and/or the School of Health Sciences reserves the right to revise requirements for admission into the Health Sciences programs, the selection criteria and procedures, and the required courses for programs of study as deemed necessary without prior notification.