Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA.MCC.REC)

Health SciencesHealth Sciences

Reciprocal Program

Oakland Community College/Macomb Community College

Health Sciences


The Physical Therapist Assistant works within a physical therapy service under the supervision of a professional Physical Therapist. The student assists the Physical Therapist in performing selected procedures relating to the use of therapeutic exercise, applying heat and cold, performing measurements for various assistive devices (crutches, canes, etc.), instructing and motivating patients and families, testing gross muscle strength and measuring joint range of motion.

A Physical Therapist Assistant may work in a hospital, a clinic, a rehabilitation center, a long-term facility and in patients’ homes.

Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College have established reciprocal arrangements for the Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and the Veterinary Technician (VET) programs. Although the specialized courses for the programs are given at Macomb South Center Campus, Clinton Twp., students who complete 19 or 22 specific credit hours at OCC and are Oakland County Residents are eligible to participate in this reciprocal arrangement. This means that upon completion of the courses at OCC and acceptance into the Macomb Community College’s Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) or Veterinary Technician (VET) program, the student will take all the OTA, PTA or VET courses at MCC and will pay in in-district tuition1 to Macomb Community College. Graduates of these reciprocal programs earn an associate in applied science degree from Macomb Community College.

In addition to the required courses for each reciprocal program, student must select a minimum of 3 credit hours in the areas of art, creative writing, drama, foreign language, humanities, literature, music, philosophy or theater arts.

After the 19 or 22 credit hours required for the student’s chosen program are completed at Oakland Community College, the student should proceed with the application process for completion of this degree through Macomb Community College.

To Apply:

  1. Apply to Oakland Community College.
  2. Declare OTA.MC.REC, PTA.MCC.REC or VET.MCC.REC as your curriculum.
  3. Take the Compass Test, all three parts - English Reading, English Writing and Math at Macomb Community College. Macomb Community College uses these scores as part of their selective admission process. To take the Compass Test at Macomb Community College, please call Macomb Community College Enrollment Services at (586) 286-2027.
  4. Complete the required 19 or the 22 credit hours that each program requires.
  5. Contact the Southfield Campus of Oakland Community College before December 1 if you wish to be considered for admission to Macomb Community College for the following September.
    For Example: if you wish to be considered for admission to MCC for September of the next academic year, you must contact the Department of Health Professions at (248) 233-2916 before December 1 of the current academic year.
  6. Apply to Macomb Community College.
    For further information about preparation for the reciprocal arrangement programs, contact the Oakland Community College, Health Professions and Technologies Office at Southfield Campus, (248) 233-2916 or a counselor on any OCC campus.
    For further information specific to any reciprocal program contact: Macomb Community College, Health and Human Services, (586) 286-2097.

Prerequisite courses to be taken at Oakland Community College

Students must complete a minimum of 19 credit hours at Oakland Community College and these credits must include the following courses:

BIO 2630Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 2640Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
ENG 1510Composition I3
Fine Arts/Humanities3
PER 1300Stress Management: Neuromuscular Relaxation2
or PER 1590 Physical Well-Being in a Modern Society2
PSY 2510Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credit Hours19

 In order to participate in this reciprocal arrangement, the student must be an "in-district" (live in Oakland County) OCC student. OCC students who are not in-district students should apply directly to Macomb Community College if interested in any of the reciprocal programs.