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Physical Therapist Assistant

Provide healing help to people of all ages recovering from illness or injury. Learn how our bodies work and train to aid licensed therapists in this growing field.

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What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

Physical Therapy Assistants provide services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. They help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions, that limit their ability to move and perform activities. Additionally, they implement selected components of patient/client interventions (treatment), obtain data related to the interventions provided, and make modifications in selected interventions either to progress the patient/client as directed by the physical therapist or ensure patient/client safety and comfort.

This program has been graduating successful clinicians since its initial accreditation in 1977. Students have a long history of obtaining licensure and working as therapy assistants throughout the region. Many graduates continue to serve as clinical instructors at their workplace in order to give back to the college. 

Students have access to state-of-the-art physical therapy laboratory equipment. We also have over 130 clinical affiliation sites throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

What are my career choices?

Physical Therapy Assistants work in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, rehabilitation hospitals, schools, pediatric facilities, and specialized clinics. Physical Therapy Assistants may serve in leadership roles such as management of facilities or director of clinical education for facilities. Qualified PTA’s may also teach in CAPTE accredited colleges and universities.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


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. 


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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
Telephone: (703) 706-3245

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Deloris Cummings, PT, DPT, MA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate Professor

(502) 213-2201

Jennifer Pitchford, PTA, M.Ed., CHES

Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate Professor, Academic Program Coordinator and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

(502) 213-2193