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Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to Miami Dade College and the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, you must complete the following steps:

  • You are 18 years old and have earned, or will earn at the time of enrollment into the program, a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Complete the Program Application process by submitting an application for Program Admission and an application fee of $25.00. Application must be submitted in person to the New Student Center, Advisement and Career Services, room 1113 at Medical Campus and received by September 1st for January entry.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete HSC 0003 – Introduction to Health Care prior to applying to the program.
  • Complete of a minimum of 25 observation hours with a licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant. We recommend students complete these hours at a hospital or private practice. The Observation Hours Form (PDF) must be completed and included with your application by September 1st.
  • Enrollment in the program is limited and competitive. Meeting the admissions requirements does not guarantee program acceptance. For this reason, the following criteria are used to determine which applicants will be admitted.

Selection Criteria

  1. Minimum 2.5 Cumulative GPA
  2. Minimum 2.75 Program GPA
  3. Points awarded in several categories (see below). Program Grade Point Average (GPA) will be used to rank students in the event of a point tie.
  4. Completion of a minimum of 25 observation hours with a licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant. The Observation Hours Form must be completed and included with your application by September 1st.
  5. Successful completion of HSC 0003 – Introduction to Health Care prior to applying to the program.
  6. Florida residents will be given preference over non-residents.
  7. Final Acceptance will be based on the submission of all required documents. Please note that there is no waiting list.
Selection is based on the candidate having the highest points earned.
Points will be awarded as follows:
  1. 4 Points for each 1st semester courses completed
  2. Grades earned in 1st semester courses
    A = 8 points B = 4 points C = 1 point Below C = 0 points (Except for English and Mathematics courses)
  3. Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Sciences GPA
    3.50 - 4.00 = 10 points
    3.30 - 3.49 = 8 points
    2.90 - 3.29 = 6 points
    2.50 - 2.89 = 4 points
    2.00 - 2.49 = 2 points
    Less than 2.0 = 0 points

    Cumulative GPA
    3.50 - 4.00 = 10 points
    3.30 - 3.49 = 8 points
    2.90 - 3.29 = 6 points
    2.50 - 2.89 = 4 points
    2.00 - 2.49 = 2 points
    Less than 2.0 = 0 points

  4. EXTRA POINTS
    1 point for each of the following courses completed: BSC 2086, BSC 2086 L, PSY 2012, Humanities selection (ARH 1000, HUM 1020, LIT 2000, MUL 1010, PHI 2010, THE 2000) and CCT or CGS 1060 with a grade of C or higher.
  5. Degree Completion
    Associate in Arts = 1 point
    Baccalaureate = 2 points
    Masters = 3 points
    Doctorate = 4 points

Take your Application for Program Admission, professional documentation, and an unofficial copy of your college transcript to the address below:

Miami Dade College
Medical Campus
New Student Center, Room 1113
950 N.W. 20th Street
Miami, FL 33127​