Physical Therapist Assistant

MCC Program Information

Pre-Admission Information Sheet: find out about Physical Examination, Time Commitment, Tuition, Travel ,Additional Cost

To be placed on the PTA Eligibility List* complete the following four requirements:

  1. Demonstrate College level reading comprehension on the ACCUPLACER placement test within the last 5 years, OR a minimum score of 20 on the reading portion of the ACT within the last 5 years. A satisfactory grade in RDNG 030 or ENGL 100 will also meet this requirement. -updated 11/26/2013
  2. Students must demonstrate MATH 130 competency by the MCC Placement Test OR successfully complete a 100 level Mathematics course with a 2.0 or higher.
  3. Complete Verification of Physical Therapy Observation Form (*minimum eight hours of observation of physical therapy). -updated 3/28/2010
  4. Submit a PTA Program Supplemental Application Form. - updated3/28/2010

Note: *Placement on the PTA Eligibility List does not guarantee admission into the PTA program. A maximum of 24 students are admitted to the program each year. Deadline dates for receipt of Supplemental Application and Verification of Physical Therapy Observation are January 15th, May 15th and September 15th of each year. Students are placed on the eligibility list three times per year in order of matriculation date (semester first attended courses) at MCC.

PTA program complaint process: If you have any concerns or complaints, please contact the PTA Program Coordinator, Anar Guru, PT, DPT at 810-762-5021. If your concern or complaint is not resolved, please then contact the Dean of Health Sciences, Rebecca Myszenski, PT, DPT at 810-762-3271.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Guide   Guide for Course Sequencing




Southern Lakes Branch
Center - Fenton (SLBC)

2100 W. Thompson Rd.
Fenton, MI 48430

Contact Us:
Phone: (810) 762-5000
Fax: (810) 768-4005



Program Coordinator:
Dr. Anar Guru, PT, DPT
Phone: 810-762-5021



What does a Physical Therapist Assistant do?
Physical therapist assistants (PTA) work under the supervision of physical therapists in providing specific patient services for the prevention or alleviation of physical impairment. It is an interesting, varied, people-oriented, hands-on occupation.


General duties of a physical therapist assistant may include...

  • Assisting the physical therapist in collection of information about the patient. This may include performance of varied tests to determine limitations or changes in range of motion, strength, functional ability, or neurological status.
  • Administer treatment interventions such as therapeutic exercises to condition, strengthen or stretch muscles.
  • Administer treatment interventions to decrease pain, muscle spasm, or swelling through the use of physical agents such as light, heat, water and/or electricity.
  • Education of patients and/or their families in exercise activities of daily living, self-care and other health care promotion areas.
  • Observing the effects of various treatments and modifying the treatment within the plan of care established by the physical therapist.

What kind of classes will I need to take at MCC?

In addition to general education classes required of all students seeking associate's degrees, in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program you will study anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, physical science, psychology, therapeutic procedures and modalities, medical terminology, and rehabilitation procedures. All PTA laboratory courses are held at the Southern Lakes Branch Center - Fenton. PTA lecture courses, as well as General Education courses are offered at both SLBC and the Main campus. As you advance in your studies you will take part in a clinical practice and internship in which you will apply your knowledge and skills to actual patient care under the close supervision of a physical therapist.

What are my career options and job opportunities in this field?

Salaries vary depending upon location within the state. For current Salary information visit There are PTA employment opportunities in the physical therapy departments of acute care hospitals, rehabilitations centers, outpatient clinics, school systems, industrial clinics, sports medicine centers, nursing homes, and home health care agencies.

What about cooperative, internship, or apprentice opportunities?

The Mott Community College PTA program is affiliated with approximately 65 physical therapy centers within a 70-mile radius of the college. Your part-time clinical practicums are scheduled at these facilities. Full-time internships may be local or out-of-state. There are many volunteer opportunities at local outpatient clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, children's camps or with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

What degree will I hold when I finish?

When you complete the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mott Community College you are a candidate for an Associate in Applied Science degree.

All PTA laboratory courses are held at the Southern Lakes Branch Center - Fenton.

Some PTA lecture courses are offered at the main campus. General Education courses are offered at both SLBC and the main campus.

The program coordinator will answer specific questions and assist you with scheduling: 810-762-5021 or 810-762-0317.

Accreditation Status and Relevant Information

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Mott 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:

Sources of additional information are:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
    1111 Fairfax St. Alexandria,
    VA 22314-1488
  • Michigan Physical Therapy Association
    P.O. Box 21236 Lansing MI 48909

Graduation rates & National Examination pass rates

Graduation Year

# Students Graduated

# Students Enrolled


Percentage of Graduates Employed with in 6 months of passing the licensure exam
















*enrolled student number in the winter semester of the 1st year of the PTA Program
**there are additional students of this group with anticipated graduation of this year


Graduation Year

# students that took the NPTE

#NPTEs passed

Percentage passed













** = National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination

National average summary data is provided at the Commission on Accreditation in: Physical Therapy Education web site (pdf)