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Admission & Selection

Applicants for Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program must have:

Completed and signed application form for health-related programs.  Application Deadline is May 1. 

Completed prerequisite courses (or equivalent to Mineral Area College Courses) listed below with a grade of “C” or higher: 

  • General Biology with lab (4-5 cr. hrs.) 
  • MedicalTerminology / Intro to Pathology (3 cr. hrs.) 
  • EnglishComposition I (3 cr. hrs.)
  • IntermediateAlgebra (or higher) (3 cr. hrs.) **Mineral Area College's MAT 1185 Fundamentals of Algebra meets this requirement.

Submitted an official high school or GED transcript and official transcripts of all college credit.

Completed TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) with a minimum 55%  Adjusted Individual Total Score is required.

Provide (3) professional references (names and addresses: i.e. boss, supervisor, manager, etc.)

Applicants for whom English is a second language must show English proficiency by scoring in the high level for reading and listening and in the good level for speaking and writing on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). 

Inquire with the PTA Program Director for waiver options. Each applicant who has completed ALL of the above requirements may interview.

Top qualified applicants will be called for an interview within a month of the May application deadline.

Please contact Heidi Hitt at 573-334-0826 x 6723 for questions regarding interviews.
*Final acceptance is contingent upon a negative drug screening.  

Completed a minimum of 12 hours job shadowing experience in approved physical therapy setting.

Applicants will also be required to have a criminal background screening.

 Both screenings are at the expense of the student.

A positive criminal background check may result in denial of clinical sites, failure to progress through the program, or failure to obtain a license.

See Missouri statutes for more information. 
Please send all documents to: 
Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center
Attn: PTA Program
1080 S. Silver Springs Rd.
Cape Girardeau, MO63703 

Transcripts should also be sent to: 
Mineral Area College
Attn: Admissions
PO Box 1000
Park Hills, MO 63601 
Please contact the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center Physical Therapist Assistant Program at 573-334-0826 with any questions.
The physical therapist assistant program at Cape Girardeau Career& Technology Center/Mineral Area College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE),
3030 Potomoc Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 573.334.0826, ext. 8018, or email: