Physical Therapist Assistant

Career Description

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. PTAs must complete a 2-year associate’s degree and are licensed health care providers. Examples of care provided by a PTA include (but are not limited to) teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.

For a more complete description of careers in physical therapy, refer to the website of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Contact Information

Ms L. Bryant, PT, M.Ed.
PTA Program Director

Ms K. Cox, PT, M.Ed.
PTA Clinical Coordinator

Ms. C. Emory, M.S., PTA
Professor of SNAH and PTA Advisor

Information Deadlines

Available appointments for testing and packet submission may be limited close to the published deadlines. Please schedule early when eligibility requirements are met.

  • April 15 – Program application deadline; Deadline to register online for ACT WorkKeys.
  • May 1 – Clinical Observation Rating Forms deadline; ACT WorkKeys score submission deadline.
  • TBD – PTA Interviews; A mandatory 2-part interview process will be conducted. All applicants will receive notification by email of their eligibility for interview. Details regarding times and locations will be provided in the correspondence.

Component Completion Times

Pre- PTA Component, 1 Year: The number of semesters required to complete the pre-PTA component depends upon several factors including the need for remedial coursework and the number of credit hours taken per semester.

Clinical Component, 13 Months: The clinical component of the PTA program is only offered in a full-time format. Matriculation for the PTA Program begins with the C session of Summer and concludes in the following year after the Summer A session. Students must be available for class every weekday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with occasional evening and weekend hours additionally required.


HMAN: (Click then scroll down to “Humanities” for list of acceptable courses)

PSYC: Any course with a PSYC prefix may satisfy this requirement, however it is recommended that students select from the following courses: PSYC 201, PSYC 202, PSYC 220 or PSYC 225.