Program Overview

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program accepts one class of 30 students once a year.  Deadline for application is by January 24th each year.  Our selection process is based on scores on the TEAS test, past academic performance in select courses, and work experience in a PT department as a PT aide, PT Tech or Rehab Tech

The next deadline for application to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is January 24, 2014. You may download the 2014 Admissions Information/Program Application packet by following the Admissions Information link seen to the left of this screen. Read through this carefully as this can guide you in understanding the application process.

Information Sessions for the PTA Program will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014, at 5:30 PM in room HE 4510 (Central Campus).

*** Please note that as of July 1, 2013, the price of the TEAS test has increased to $50.00 ***

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 treatments of a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the lifespan. The program is a full-time day program.

Graduates are eligible to take the PTA National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for licensure in whichever state they plan to work. Employment is available in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient orthopedic clinics, school systems, geriatric health care facilities, and home health agencies.


PTA Program Statistics (3 year averages years 2010 - 2012):
• % qualified applicants: 34.43%

• Graduation Rate: 68.5%
• Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate of Graduates:  97.62%
• Employment Rate: 100% of those who seek employment

Accreditation Status: The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Central Piedmont Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

*As a condition of program admission, students are required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

**International students should refer to the College Catalog for information regarding evidence of English competency.  Academic resources available to international students may be accessed through the Office of International Programs and Services, located on Central Campus, CH 101.

***In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students will be required to submit results of a criminal background check at their own expense. This will be done prior to the second year clinical experiences.

To apply or learn more:

  1. Contact Liza Lopes at 704-330-2722, ext 3419 or via e-mail at
  2. Visit Belk 3125 on the CPCC Central Campus