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 along with additional requirements before applying. Taking the TEAS test does not necessarily qualify students for admissions into the PTA program. Fall PTA students must turn in all materials by June 30.
TEAS testing will be held on Friday, June 26, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Friday, July 10, at 9 a.m.  If we are not able to be back on campus by then, we will develop a contingency plan at that time.
Surry Community College will extend offers of admission to the Fall PTA program via telephone/email rather than letters sent through USPS.
  2016 2017 2018
Graduation Rate 69% 89% 77%
Ultimate Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%
Employment Rate 100% 94% 94%
Acceptance/Matriculation Rate* 67% / 94% 59.3% / 88% 67%/95%
*These numbers are based on applicants who meet all minimum criteria necessary to be considered for admission to the PTA Program.

Also Offered

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 240, REL 110, REL 211, REL 212 or REL 221.


Semester Course Course Name LEC LAB CLN CREDIT
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Semester Course Course Name LEC LAB CLN CREDIT
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Learning Outcomes

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.

Estimated Cost

Degree In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $5,976.00 $20,720.00
Books and Supplies $3,400.00 $3,400.00
Total Cost $9,376.00 $24,120.00

Cost might be slightly higher or lower depending on expenses associated with clinical education. A breakdown of these expenses can be requested from the Program Director.

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Program Contact(s)

Dr. Eileen Coleman
Director of Physical Therapist Assistant
(336) 386-3513

Dr. Yvonne Johnson
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
(336) 386-3368

Verify CAPTE accreditation status.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Surry Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA, 22314
telephone: (703) 706-3245

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Program Facts

$27.51 average salary per hour.

$57,230 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.