Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the supervision of physical therapists. Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.
Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment of a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the life span.
Graduates may be eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. (A student with a felony may not be eligible for licensure or employment). Employment is available in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, specialty hospitals, home health agencies, private clinics, and public school systems.
Competitive admissions are anticipated for an intense program that leads to an intensely satisfying career. The program will admit a maximum of 16 students each Fall Semester.
Applicants are required to complete the TEAS Test for Allied Health along with additional requirements before applying. Fall PTA students must turn in all materials by May 31.
|Ultimate Pass Rate||91.7%||81.3%||100%|
|Acceptance/Matriculation Rate*||65.5% / 95%||67.8% / 94%||59.2% / 95%|
|*These numbers are based on applicants who meet all minimum criteria necessary to be considered for admission to the PTA Program.|
Humanities/Fine Arts: ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, ART 116, ART 118, ART 283, DRA 111, DRA 126, ENG 131, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 233, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 261, ENG 262, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 120, HUM 122, HUM 130, HUM 220, MUS 110, MUS 112, MUS 210, PHI 210, PHI 215, PHI 240, REL 110, REL 211, REL 212 or REL 221.
The goals of the PTA Program are to prepare graduates who:
- Demonstrate competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective processes necessary to provide physical therapy services under the supervision of a physical therapist.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors of respect, integrity, and honesty in all interactions with patients/clients, family members, caregivers, supervising physical therapists, coworkers, other health care providers, students, other consumers, employer, and payers.
- Demonstrate behaviors that establish the primacy of patient safety.
- Demonstrate effective written, oral and non-verbal communication.
- Identify and modify a career development plan along with lifelong learning opportunities.
- Demonstrate the ability to locate relevant physical therapy-related information using information technology and demonstrate the ability to read, understand and apply healthcare literature to promote evidence-based practice.
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$25.65 average salary per hour.
$53,360 average salary per year.
Sources for salary information obtained from O*NET. Salaries may vary for reasons including but not limited to years of experience, place of employment, and specific occupations within each industry.