Physical Therapist Assistant

Accreditation Status of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program: 
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Patrick Henry Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On November 30, 2018, the program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved.  Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation . 

On April 30, 2019, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education made the decision to deny candidate for accreditation for Patrick Henry Community College’s PTA program. PHCC is pursuing reconsideration of the denial of candidacy. The reconsideration hearing will occur during CAPTE’s fall meeting, October 25-30, 2019. If Candidate for Accreditation status is granted at that time, students can be enrolled in the technical portion of the program to begin spring 2020. An application period will be planned for November, 2019.  Exact dates for the application period will be posted.”

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

The two-year  Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) associate degree program is designed to prepare the student with the knowledge and skills to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to administer physical therapy treatments in a variety of settings. 

PTA Career Information
PTA information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 



The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program plans to accept program applications once a year. The next application period is TBA. For additional information please review the Application Information Packet, contact the PTA program director, or stop by the health career advising office (Check here for open advising hours).

Students planning to apply to the PTA program are highly encouraged to speak with the PTA Program Director to review the academic requirements, behavioral expectations, and essential functions of interested PTA applicants. 

- Requirements for application and admission

Observation Hours Form

Applicant Recommendation Form

Essential Functions of PTA Students

- Catalog Information (Coming soon)

Register a complaint
Members of the general public have the ability to express a concern or register a complaint regarding the PTA program or its graduates through the PTA Program Director at (276) 656-0288 or via email at

Unresolved complaints
Unresolved complaints may be directed to the Director of Nursing and Allied Health at (276) 656-0248 or via email at or to the Dean of STEM-Health and Applied Programs at (276) 656-0349 or via email at .  All complaints will be documented and kept on file in the program office.

Accreditation concerns
Accreditation concerns should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), using the following link: 



Phone:(276) 656-0288
Office: Philpott 133