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 Physical Therapist Assistant

Erin DiCapo, DPT, PT, NCS
Program Director

​​To Apply to Program: 

  • Complete program prerequisite courses.  
  • Submit official college transcripts.  
  • Calculate admissions cumulative GPA.  
  • Apply to Program in Student Portal [] 
  • Submit an Admissions Packet.

To Learn More About Program and Admissions: 

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum provides specialized educational and clinical experiences to prepare graduates for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTAE) and to gain employment in a variety of direct patient care settings under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Physical therapist assistants work with patients of all ages to improve meaningful function through selected treatment interventions, data collection methods, prevention measures, and patient education. Coursework includes the study of human anatomy and physiology, human movement and kinesiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment for a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the lifespan. Clinical education is provided through a variety of partnerships with hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient physical therapy clinics, and home health agencies. Students entering clinical education experiences will be required to provide a criminal background check and drug screening test before or during each rotation in addition to other requirements of the clinical education site.         

Program Mission 

The physical therapist assistant program at Malcolm X College, a contemporary institution, offers an innovative and career-focused education to students of diverse backgrounds.  The program aspires to equip learners with the competencies to become licensed physical therapist assistants committed to excellence and caring in clinical practice and inspired to respond to the needs of a dynamic society.         

Admission Requirements 

Step 1: Applicants will be qualified to apply if all pre-requisites are completed or will be completed by the end of Spring term which precedes the summer semester the student is applying for.           

Step 2: Additional admission requirements will be found in the PTA Admission Packet sent to all qualified applicants. The following documents must be emailed to the email address provided in the packet:         

  • Completed Admissions Packet
  • Signed Clinical Placement Waiver and Release Form;
  • Observation hours (please note the required observation hour form located in the “learn more” sidebar)

Step 3: The final step of the admission process is an in-person interview for select candidates.         

NOTE: *The PTA Program is a Selective Admissions Program.  Completion of all pre-requisite coursework DOES NOT guarantee admission to the technical phase of the program.​​​​​​


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Malcolm X College is accredited by: 


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE),
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

If needing to contact the 
Physical Therapist Assistant program/institution directly, please call 312-850-7021 or email             


The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Malcolm X College will prepare students to become licensed physical therapist assistants after successfully passing the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTE-PTA).          

Submitting Application within Student Portal ( ) 

  • Under “My Academic Plan” 
  • Within “Academic Planning” 
  • Click “Selective Application”
PTA Class of 2019 Graduates   


Physical Therapist Assistant

Faculty & Staff

​Name & Title ​Phone ​Email ​Room
Erin DiCapo, Program Director                             
​312-850-7021 2103-C
Hannah Tulchinsky, ACCE​

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Contact Information

(312) 850-7021
1900 W. Jackson Blvd.
Room 2103-C
Chicago , IL 60612
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9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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