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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant (1+1), AAS - CIP Code: 51.0806

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Contact: (336) 334-4822, ext. 50407

Limited Enrollment Program: Contact the Limited Entry Admissions Office for Program admission requirements and Program application deadlines.

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. Physical Therapist 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 people throughout the life-span.

Suggested high school courses for individuals desiring a career as a physical therapist assistant include biology, anatomy and physiology, algebra, chemistry, and physics.

Students can complete the general education prerequisite courses at other colleges and universities; however, students accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program must take the PTA courses on the Jamestown campus of Guilford Technical Community College. Accepted PTA students will also be required to participate in clinical education courses located in various healthcare facilities throughout North Carolina. Complete information about the admissions process is available in the Limited Entry Admissions office.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Guilford Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: https://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (336) 334-4822, ext. 50280 or email jnjeffers@gtcc.edu.  Graduates are eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Employment is available in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics, hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, public school systems, education centers, corporate or industrial health centers, athletic facilities, and fitness centers.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum, graduates will be able to:

  • Perform physical therapy data collection and interventions in a safe, effective, and efficient manner.
  • Communicate verbally, non-verbally, and in writing to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
  • Demonstrate clinical problem-solving that is legal, ethical, and professional in all situations.
  • Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.

*Individuals entering the Physical Therapist Assistant program must complete all six general education courses listed below as part of the program admission requirements.

Spring Semester I

Total Credits: 17

Total Credits: 16

Spring Semester II

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 8

Total Credits: 12

Total credit hours required for degree: 69


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