Physical Therapist Assistant


Application Instructions

*Dates for the 2022 PTA Program application will be updated in August 2021.

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The PTA Program is a lottery based entry. All qualified applications will be placed in the lottery.

Communication regarding acceptance will begin via email by June 14, 2021. Emails will be sent to the email address included in the online application.

Confirmation of Acceptance must be returned via email by the date indicated.* 

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

All applicants will receive an email the first week of July regarding their application status.  Thank you.

For more information, we invite you to attend an Information Session to learn more about the program and get answers to your questions. 


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, C or better, completed within the past 5 years. ***Please note that medical terminology has been added to this course beginning in Fall 2021. Please contact Amanda Johnston prior to submitting your application to ensure this prerequisite it is met.

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.


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

  1. Completed online application (including all contact information, prerequisite verification, upload of unofficial transcripts and understanding of all elements within the application with a check box indicating agreeance).
  2. Official transcripts submitted following the directions below.


  • Prerequisite courses can be in progress when you apply during the April 5, 2021 at 12pm - May 20, 2021 at 12pm application cycle.
  • Successful completion of prerequisite courses will be verified and acceptance to the PTA program will be pending proof of completion with passing grade.

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 between April 5, 2021 at 12pm and May 20, 2021 at 12pm. The following items will need to be included in the online application to be placed in the lottery process:
    1. Personal Data: CSID#, current address, email, phone numbers, emergency contact.
    2. Prerequisites:  Institution, units, semester, year completed, grade (must be grade "C" or higher), time requirements as indicated (Anatomy/Physiology and Introduction to Physical Therapy).
    3. Program Specific Information: read and understand all elements of the application and check all boxes and sign indicating electronic signature for all PTA Program specific information in the application. The PTA Essential Functions can be reviewed here prior to application submission PTA Essential Functions
    4. Uploads: Upload a pdf document (unofficial transcript) showing all of the PTA program prerequisites. Prerequisites can be in progress at the time of application submission (you must show proof of the prerequisite being in progress via an unofficial transcript in order to have a complete application).
  3. Request official transcripts: Please review the transcript request information at the link below. Note: Due to COVID-19, only electronic official transcripts are accepted at this time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their official transcripts when submitting their application. Official transcripts must be submitted by May 20, 2021 at 12pm. Official transcript submission is required for the application process however evaluation of the official transcripts is not required to be considered a qualified applicant.

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. 

Communication regarding acceptance will begin via email by June 14, 2021. Emails will be sent to the email address included in the online application.

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.

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

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