Physical Therapist Assistant


Application Instructions

The next PTA Program application opens April 5, 2021 at 12pm and closes April 26, 2021 at 12pm.

General information and program documents will be posted in Spring 2020.


PTA Program Prerequisites are:

Anatomy/Physiology - minimum of 4 units covering all systems with a lab, C or better, completed within the past 5 years, BIOL 160 (will accepts BIOL 230 and BIOL 235)

Communication - COMS 135 Interpersonal Communications 3 units preferred, will accept any IGETC area 1C, COMS

Psychology - PSY 112 Interpersonal Relations or PSY 111 Psychological/Social Aspects of Aging, Death and Dying or PSY 125 Introduction to Behavior Modification strongly recommended 3 units, will also accept PSY 101 General Psychology or PSY 245 Abnormal Psychology

Introduction to Physical Therapy - PHYR 210 2 units

English Placement of 50 in both reading and writing. If your English placement is lower than 50 you will need to take English 47A or  a higher English course. 

Observation: Due to COVID-19, observation hours for the PTA Program 2021 application cycle will not be required.  This is strictly for the 2021 application cycle. Although not a requirement, applicants are encouraged to observe a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant in order to gain exposure and confirmation their desire to enter career path.


Applicants must complete the following:

  1. Apply online to San Diego Mesa College.  You will need your CSID# to complete the PTA application.  
  2. Submit an online application for Physical Therapist Assistant Program through the Allied Health Department.
  3. Request official transcripts be sent directly to the Special Admissions Office of San Diego Mesa College.
    San Diego Mesa College
    Special Admissions, PTA, I4-102
    7250 Mesa College Drive
    San Diego, CA 92111

    Note: If you have attended City, Mesa, or Miramar Colleges, you do not have to submit an official transcript. Your transcript will be obtained directly from the records office on your behalf.

The Application Packet

All documents must be in PDF format Do not upload images.
A complete application packet includes the following requirements: 

Updated application packet will be posted in Spring 2020.


  • Prerequisite courses can be completed in Summer 2021.
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses will be verified and acceptance to the PTA program will be pending proof of completion with passing grade.

Screening Process

Applicants who complete the academic prerequisites and submit a completed online application with supportive documentation by the application deadline will be given consideration for enrollment in program.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all supportive documentation is in their application – incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

The program will admit up to 30 students. A random lottery process will be performed to determine those accepted and creation of an alternate list for a Fall 2021 start date. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to maintain a current e-mail address with the college’s Special Admissions Office and return all mailings in a timely manner. Failure to return necessary paperwork will result in the person being removed from the current list. 

Confirmation of Acceptance must be returned via email within 2 weeks of receipt of dated email.*

*Please be sure to respond by the date listed in the email as confirmation of acceptance response times change as the Fall semester approaches.

Response dates for the next application cycle will be posted in 2021.

Please contact Special Admissions with any questions regarding acceptance.

To Cancel/Withdraw

Any candidate wishing to withdraw or cancel their application must provide immediate communication via email to Special Admissions.

Special Admissions, I4-102

Dulce Carolina Lopez,
Karina Sandoval,