Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a technically educated health provider who assists the Physical Therapist in the provision of physical therapy and may perform physical therapy interventions selected by the supervising Physical Therapist. The Physical Therapist Assistant works under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist, helping manage conditions such as back and neck injuries, sprains/strains, and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, birth defects, injuries related to work and sports, and others (American Physical Therapy Association).

Overview of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

The South College Physical Therapist Assistant program is a 24-month program leading to an Associate of Science degree. PTA major courses must be completed in the designated order. Classes are taught in the morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday. Class schedules may change at the discretion of the institution. Students should be committed to considerable out of classroom preparation and study. Certain methods classes require off-campus site attendance. Clinical education internships are required and administered by South College and take place in a variety of health care delivery facilities in the area and beyond. 

Prospective students transferring credit into the PTA program should consult with the Executive Vice President and PTA Department Chair regarding transferability of credit. This decision is final. There is no guarantee that transfer credit will be given for major curriculum courses. Students may not take major curriculum classes until official transcripts have been received to verify pre-requisites have been completed.

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Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at South College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-706-3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org

The program's current status is Accreditation through 2023.

 

Year of Graduation

2013

2014

2015

 

# that Enrolled in the Program 

Cohort 1

     Cohort 2 

 

11

14

 

11

10

 

15

10

% that Graduated  (based upon original cohort placement per CAPTE)

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

 

 

90.9%

100%

 

 

100%

80.0%

 

 

100%

80.0%

% that Passed Licensure Exam (if attempted – based upon year of graduation per FSBPT)

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

 

 

100%

85.7%

 

 

100%

85.7%

 

 

100%

100%

% Employed as a PTA within 1 year of graduation (if seeking)

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

 

 

100%

100%

 

 

100%

100%

 

 

92.9%

87.5%

 

Data as of 10/11/2016

 

 

Consumer Information: Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student.* South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.