Physical Therapist Assistant


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What does a Physical Therapist Assistant do?

  • Help improve or restore function under the supervision of Physical Therapists
  • Alleviate or prevent physical impairment
  • Work in direct patient care settings:
    • Hospitals
    • Rehabilitation facilities
    • Outpatient clinics
    • School systems
    • Geriatric healthcare facilities
    • Home health agencies


    About the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

  • An accredited full-time, day program
  • Prepares students to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Graduates are eligible to take the PTA National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for licensure in whichever state they plan to work
  • Course work includes:
    • Normal human anatomy and physiology
    • The consequences of disease and injury
    • Physical therapy treatments of a variety of patient conditions


    How do I start the program?

  • The CPCC PTA program is a competitive admissions program separate from general admissions.
  • The program accepts one class of 32 students once a year
  • Selection process is based on:
    • TEAS test
    • Past academic performance in select courses
    • Work experience in a PT department (if applicable)


    For more detailed information, please click here.

    PTA Program Statistics (2 year averages years 2014 - 2015 and 2015 - 2016):

  • % of qualified applicants: 83.4%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate of Graduates:  100%
  • Employment Rate: 97.6% 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:

    To apply or learn more:

  • Contact the Physical Therapist Assistant admissions specialist at