PTA Program Application Process – updated requirements for 2015


The program admits 28-30 students once per year. Students must submit applications for the program to the Allied Health Division PTA Program between March 1 and April 15 to be considered for enrollment for the fall semester. Official transcripts are required with the application. In order to be considered eligible for enrollment, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

1. Have completed the following courses with grades of “C” or better, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. (The 3.0 GPA requirement is new for 2015. Students who applied in 2014 and were determined to be eligible applicants and granted ‘alternate’ status are not required to meet the new requirement in order to continue to be considered eligible. New applicants must meet the updated requirements.)

a. PTA 100, Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant, 1.5 semester units

b.  Biology 430 & 431, Anatomy and Physiology, or equivalent courses, within the past ten years (The final semester of anatomy/physiology may be in progress at time of application.) The minimum number of total semester units for anatomy and physiology is 8 and must include 4 units of anatomy and 4 units of physiology. Students who are taking prerequisite courses at colleges other than SCC should confirm that their planned courses are equivalent by checking with counseling or the PTA program coordinator.

c. ENGWR 300 (or ESLW 340),  College Composition, 3 semester units

2. Eligibility for English 310, Prose Analysis and Interpretation, as determined by the reading assessment process, or completion of English 110, Composition Strategies and Vocabulary Development for College, for all applicants who do not have an AA Degree or higher.

Applicants who submit the PTA Program Application and official transcripts between March 1 and April 15 and have fulfilled these requirements are placed in the eligible applicant pool. If there are more applicants than spaces available, the class is randomly selected from eligible applicants. If students are eligible but are not chosen in the random selection process, they are considered ‘alternates’ for the program. If spaces become available prior to the beginning of the fall semester students from the alternate list are offered the opportunity for enrollment, based on their random number.

Students who are alternates but are not selected for the program have a greater opportunity for enrollment if they apply again the following year. Each year, 1/3 of the class will be randomly selected from eligible alternates of the previous year who re-apply. If such students are still not chosen, their name will be added to the new eligible applicant pool as well.

For Fall 2014, the program had 175 total applicants for thirty available spaces.

Transfer Students:

Applicants from other accredited PTA programs may apply to transfer to the Sacramento City College PTA Program. A current transcript from the former program along with current college catalogue descriptions of the courses taken, should be sent to the PTA Program Coordinator. Enrollment depends upon evidence of completion of equivalent academic and clinical coursework, and on space availability.