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Physical Therapy Assistant – Transfer Prep Program


This is a preparatory program designed to provide general education coursework for students planning to transfer to the Allegany College of Maryland’s Physical Therapist Assistant program. A degree is not issued from Garrett College; students must apply to ACM for acceptance into their program. Completion of a non-degree transfer program does not guarantee acceptance into ACM’s program. Contact Allegany College of Maryland’s Advising Center for more information on this program.

recommended sequence

    summer (Pre-requisite Coursework)

  • BIO104  Principles of Biology

    — Min. C grade required as pre-req for BIO200

  • Total 4 credits
  • fall

  • FY101  First Year Experience  1
  • ENG101  Comp I - Expository Writing  3*
  • BIO200  Human Anatomy & Physiology I  4*
  • MAT105  College Algebra  3
  • PED or ASI Physical Activity Course  1
  • SPC101  Introduction to Communication  3
  • Total 15 credits

    spring

  • BIO103  Medical Terminology  4
  • BIO201  Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4*
  • PED or ASI Physical Activity Course 1
  • PSY101  General Psychology  3
  • PSY102  Human Growth & Development  3
  • Total 14 credits
  • total credit hours: 33 (+4 at acm)

*Minimum C grade required for this program.

transfer notes

Admission to this program is very competitive; completion of these classes does not guarantee acceptance into the ACM program.

A meeting with the PTA Program Director or Clinical Coordinator is required within six (6) months prior to the May 1st deadline to be sure file is complete.

Completion of 40 documented volunteer hours with a licensed Physical Therapist/Physical Therapy Assistant at two different facilities must be completed by the ACM application deadline. Twenty (20) of the hours must be in a hospital or long term care setting and the remaining twenty (20) hours must be in an outpatient setting. The supervising physical therapist must directly send the observation forms to ACM’s PTA Department by May 1st.

ACM requires a Criminal Record check prior to entry into the Clinical phase of the program.

CPR Certification for Health Care Professionals is also required at application (offered regularly at ACM).