physical therapist assistant

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are Frequently Asked Questions about Physical Therapist Assistant Program at College of DuPage.

Once a student has been accepted into the program, the student will be in the program for 2 years (5 concurrent semesters), which includes unpaid clinical internships. Each student within a cohort takes exactly the same courses in the same order. A student must pass each PTA course to continue in the PTA program

Applicants may begin submitting applications on April 1.

The deadline for submitting a complete application is found in the Admissions Packet

The PTA program's classes begin the fall semester of the same year as the application.

24 students are accepted into the PTA program each year.

Preference in admission is given to residents of District 502 who meet the stated minimum acceptance criteria for the program. The PTA program must be filled first with applicants from within the district's residents who meet the stated minimum acceptance criteria for the program.

Priority for admissions are:

  1. In-district applicants
  2. Out-of-district applicants working full-time in-district (proof of in-district employment will be required each semester)
  3. Out-of-district applicants including those students with a joint or chargeback agreement
  4. International

Note: Presently, due to the high volume of qualified in-district applicants and the inception of this COD policy, 100% of the accepted applicants have been in-district residents.

The exact number of in-district candidates who have fully completed applications and have met the minimum acceptance criteria has varied from year to year. Since 2013 the range has varied from approximately 55 to 80 applicants.

Read and follow the admission packet carefully.

Completion of all general education classes is highly recommended, but not mandatory.

The advising counselors are very knowledgeable. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.