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Physical Therapist Assistant

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is designed to prepare the student to be a skilled health care provider working under the supervision of the physical therapist.  PTAs assist people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform activities in their daily lives.

The PTA Program is offered at our Downtown Campus, located near the Louisville Medical Center Campus. The program consists of a combination of general education, program-specific coursework, and clinical learning experiences that are reflective of contemporary physical therapy practice.

Where do PTAs work?

A few examples of workplaces include:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Industry
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Schools

PTAs may serve in leadership roles such as management of facilities or director of clinical education for facilities. Qualified PTA’s may also teach in accredited colleges and universities.

To learn even more about a PTA career, visit the American Physical Therapy Association’s website.

What do PTAs earn?

According to the American Physical Therapy Association and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for a PTA is $56,610 depending on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location, and practice setting. In general, for the state of Kentucky, new graduates can expect to earn a minimum of $40,000 annual salary

How long is the program?  

PTA coursework spans over four semesters and allows for the integration of general education coursework during the first year of the program. The curriculum consists of approximately 26-29 credit hours of general education courses coupled with 40 credit hours of PTA core courses.

To see detailed information on courses check out our Course Description page.

How can I get started?

Enrollment in this program is limited and includes a selective admissions process. The PTA Program admits students only one time each year, with a new class beginning each fall. The application deadline is April 1 of the year in which the student intends to apply.

First, to get started in the program, download the Curriculum Guide.

Second, attend a preadmission conference on our Downtown Campus during one of the dates and times listed below:

DATE TIME LOCATION
September 22, 2017 1:00-3:30 p.m. Health Science Hall 157
October 27, 2017 1:00-3:30 p.m. Health Science Hall 157
November 10, 2017 1:00-3:30 p.m. Health Science Hall 157
December 12, 2017 9:30 a.m. - noon Health Science Hall 157
January 23, 2018 9:30 a.m. - noon Health Science Hall 157
February 17, 2018 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Health Science Hall 157
March 17, 2018 1:00-3:30 p.m. Health Science Hall 157

No reservations required. Parking is available in our student lot off Second Street.

What else do I need to know?

Check out our FAQ page or contact one of the instructors below!

  • Deloris Cummings, PT, DPT, MA 
  • Jennifer Pitchford, PTA, M.Ed., CHES
    • Associate Professor
    • Academic Program Coordinator
    • Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
    • Office: Health Sciences Hall, room 462
    • Phone: 502-213-2193
    • Email: jpitchford0004@kctcs.edu 
  • Allied Health Direct Line: 502-213-4050
  • Allied Health Division Office:  502-213-4296

Accreditation:

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

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