PTA Program Eligibility

Prerequisite courses and other requirements for eligibility for acceptance into the PTA program.

Student ID

Applicants are required to have a Los Rios student identification number.

Apply for a student identification number for free through the Los Rios Community College District.

Admissions Checklist

Applicants should complete a PTA Program Admissions Checklist prior to applying.


To be eligible for acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program the applicant must:

1) Have completed the following courses with grades of ‘C’ or better, and a minimum prerequisite cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  • PTA 100
    Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant; 1.5 semester units.
    PTA 100 is an eight-week online course that can be taken at Sacramento City College.
  • BIOL 430 & 431 or equivalent*
    Anatomy and Physiology. A minimum of 8 semester units of anatomy and physiology, completed within the past 10 years, is required.
    Students who have completed at least four units of anatomy/physiology and have the remaining units ‘in progress’ at the time of application are eligible to apply. If accepted for enrollment, these students will need to provide updated transcripts verifying satisfactory completion of anatomy/physiology by the end of the spring semester.
  • ENGWR 300, ENGWR 488, or ESLW 340 or equivalent*
    College Composition; 3 semester units

*If prerequisite courses have been taken at another college or university, applicants should consult the Equivalency Grid to determine course equivalency. If a course is not listed on the grid, applicants must submit a course substitution form. To do so, applicants should meet with a college counselor. Please visit the Counseling office’s website to make an appointment.