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. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2018.  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. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is also pending SACSCOC approval


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 during the spring semester. The first anticipated application period will be Spring 2019. For additional information or questions regarding the program and application requirements please 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)



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