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Bldg B, Room B110, ECC Campus
Tel: 847-214-7385
Fax: 847-608-5458
Hours: M-Th 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; F 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Fridays June - Aug.

Accredited by CAPTE

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistants (PTA) are educated health care providers who assist the physical therapist (PT) in providing physical therapy services. They work closely with patients of all ages, as directed by a supervising PT, helping them manage movement difficulties caused by injury or disease, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disability.

ECC's program of study for PTAs includes classroom instruction, theory and laboratory practice. In addition to PTA classes, students must take communications courses and science courses to assure a complete education. Although the  associate of applied science degree (AAS) to become a physical therapist assistant is designed for immediate employment; many opportunities exist to include these courses in a bachelor's degree. See a counselor for complete information.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Elgin 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:

Criminal background checks and drug testing are required for all health professions programs. Students applying to the health professions programs must provide a valid social security number in order to complete the criminal background check required by clinical agencies and to take licensing/certification exams. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test will be denied admission to health professions programs. Students demonstrating a positive background check or positive drug test while enrolled in health professions programs will be dismissed from the program.

Retention Rate: The average retention rate of admitted students who completed the PTA program over the last 3 years (2015-2017)was 86.3%.

Graduation Rate: 2015= 89%, 2016 = 90%, 2017=80%.

Licensure Pass Rate: The 2 year average pass rate for ECC graduates for 2016-2017 is 93.3%

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Admissions Procedures

Physical Therapist Assistant

A specialized admission procedure is required for the PTA program. Students must submit admission materials and meet admissions requirements before their application is considered for review. Application deadline is February 15th for following fall admission. Students may complete as many general education requirements as they wish before going through the application process. If the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of seats available, admission to the program will be competitive and selective. All candidates must submit an official high school transcript or GED scores and official transcripts from other colleges/universities attended.


  • Attend information session (mandatory)
  • Apply with ECC - how to apply»
  • Pay health professions application fee - get details»
  • Complete and submit health professions application
  • Score in the 25th percentile or better in each section of the PSB-HOA exam
  • Observation/experience documentation required
  • Grade of C or better in MTH 098 or equivalent or appropriate placement score
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Please note:  Must be 18 years of age or older to sit for state licensure examination


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