What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a licensed professional who provides services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
They will create, implement, and modify treatment interventions that are specific to meeting the functional mobility goals and plan of care set by the supervising physical therapist. A PTA may work in a variety of settings, such as a hospital, nursing home, home health, rehabilitation center, school system, or outpatient center.
The PTA Program at Jefferson is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, which qualifies its graduates to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and apply for licensure in the state of their choice. Graduates of the program who pass the NPTE and meet all state requirements are then eligible to practice as a physical therapist assistant.
Students are required to attend a pre-admission conference for this program. Please review the How Do I Appy section below for more details on the conferences.
What are my career choices?
There are three tiers for employment within physical therapy: a technician, physical therapist assistant or a physical therapist. A physical therapy technician requires no degree; employers provide on-site training and the technician may help prepare patients for their treatments with the licensed therapist. A physical therapist assistant has earned an associate degree from an accredited college and passed a national exam to qualify to treat patients under the guidance of a supervising physical therapist. A physical therapist has earned a doctorate degree from an accredited college and passed a national exam to qualify to treat patients independently by setting patient-specific goals and writing the overall plan of care.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree. There are no additional certificate options offered by KCTCS. Graduates may choose to pursue an Advanced Proficiency Certification through the American Physical Therapy Association in a specialty of their choice.
Length of Program
All students, regardless of prior degree or career experience, will require two years to complete the degree after admission to 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.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements. It is highly recommended that students contact PTA faculty to answer questions related to required general education courses.
The PTA program utilizes a selective admission process for enrollment where specific qualifications and requirements must be met before a student can enroll in physical therapy courses. Students interested in applying must first attend a pre-admission conference. To sign up for a pre-admission conference and learn more information about our program, visit the pre-admission conference page.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Jefferson Community and Technical College is accredited by:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
|Student Outcomes||May 2023
|May 2022 Graduates||May 2021 Graduates||August 2020 Graduates|
Calculated per CAPTE guidelines
|Ultimate pass rate on the national licensing exam for PTAs||82%||92%||82%||94%|
|Graduates who sought and obtained employment within six months of graduation.||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|2-Year Averaged Student Outcomes||2022/2023||May 2021/2022||2020/2021||2019/2020|
Calculated per CAPTE guidelines
|Ultimate Pass Rate on the National Licensing Exam for PTAs||87%||87%||88%||97%|
|Graduates Who Sought and Obtained Employment Within Six Months of Graduation||100%||100%||100%||100%|