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Program Overview

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.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Surry Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Career and College Promise:

This program is offered through our Career and College Promise Dual Enrollment program. View program outlines specific to your high school for full details.

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 May 31.
2018 2019 2020 2019 / 2020
Graduation Rate 100% 100% 94% 97%
Ultimate Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Acceptance/Matriculation Rate* 67% / 95% 45% / 88% 45% / 100% 45% / 94%
*These numbers are based on applicants who meet all minimum criteria necessary to be considered for admission to the PTA Program.


Clinical Education Manual

Clinical Observation Form

Policy and Procedures Manual

PTA Admission Procedures

PTA Point Count Worksheet

Program Contacts:

Jessica Lawrence

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Dr. Eileen Coleman

Director - Physical Therapist Assistant

Degree Curriculum

Fall Semester

ACA-111 College Student Success 1
BIO-168 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PHY-110 Conceptual Physics 3
PHY-110A Conceptual Physics Lab 1
PTA-110 Intro to Physical Therapy 3
PTA-130 Physical Therapy Procedures I 3
PTA-170 Pathophysiology 3

Spring Semester

BIO-169 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
PTA-120 Functional Anatomy 3
PTA-140 Therapeutic Exercise 4
PTA-150 Physical Therapy Procedures II 3

Summer Semester

PTA-180 PTA Clinical Ed Intro 3
PTA-212 Health Care/Resources 2
PTA-252 Geriatrics for the PTA 2
PTA-254 Pediatrics for the PTA 1

Fall Semester

ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
ENG-113 Literature-Based Research 3
ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
PTA-160 Physical Therapy Procedures III 3
PTA-222 Professional Interactions 2
PTA-240 Physical Therapy Procedures IV 5

Spring Semester

PTA-260AB Adv. Pta Clinical Ed. 5
PTA-260BB Adv. Pta Clinical Ed. 5
PTA-270 PTA Topics 1
PTA-280 PTA Issues I 1

Total credits needed to graduate: 74 Hours

Learning Outcomes

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.

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.

Program Costs

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 Facts

“The Finish Line Grant was a great resource to reduce the debt that I was incurring from being in school full-time. I encourage other students to check into the grants and scholarships being offered at Surry Community College. You might be pleasantly surprised like I was.”

Derick Mauck

Associate Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

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