Physical Therapist Assistant

Students interested in one of Volunteer State Community Colleges Health Sciences programs must follow the A.S. in Health Sciences curriculum.  You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into your selected program.  For more information about specific program deadlines and requirements, please refer to the program's information packet. 

students practicing moving a patientA physical therapist assistant (PTA) is an individual who, upon graduating from an accredited program and passing a licensure examination, is qualified to provide physical therapy services to patients. The PTA works under the supervision of a professional physical therapist in a variety of settings including hospitals, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, health maintenance organizations, school settings, and outpatient clinics.

Physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs in Tennessee's state community college system are accredited two-year associate degree programs that prepare graduates to perform selected components of patient treatment and assessment under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner.  These PTA programs combine general education courses, physical therapy lecture and laboratory courses, and clinical education to produce competent, caring, quality oriented physical therapist assistants who are prepared for taking the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and for entering the field of physical therapy with the required knowledge, skills, and behaviors of an entry-level PTA. 

Accreditation

The Volunteer State Community College program meets the guidelines for accredited curricula and is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 706 - 3245

Enrollment Requirements

Admission to the PTA program is limited to 32 students.  Applicants must complete all 27 hours of prerequisite courses required for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum. A grade of C or higher is required for transfer of credits into the program (ENGL 1010, AHC 101, PSYC 1030 & Fine Arts).  A grade of B or higher is required in the Math and Sciences (Math 1130 or Math 1710, BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, AHC 1100 and AHC 115) to be considered for the program. An applicant that has a C in one of these courses will be considered for admissions, ONLY if the Program cannot fill the class with B or better applicants.

Degree Advancement Program Agreement with MTSU

MTSU and Volunteer State Community College have developed an AAS-to-BS program to allow students who earn an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant at Volunteer State Community to transfer the majority of those credits to MTSU toward the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. This degree is offered through MTSU’s University College in cooperation with the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Information Sessions

Potential applications are required to attend an information session where the PTA Program, class schedules, application procedures, and acceptance policies are discussed in detail.  Information sessions are held once a month:  No reservation is necessary to attend.

PTA Information Sessions will be held the first Wednesday of each month at the East Campus, 100 Building, Room 108. Sessions begin sharply at 1:00 pm on the following dates:

  • December 20, 2017
  • January 3, 2018
  • February 7, 2018
  • March 7, 2018
  • April 4, 2018
  • May 2, 2018
  • June 6, 2018
  • July 11, 2018
  • August 1, 2018
  • September 5, 2018
  • October 3, 2018
  • November 7, 2018
  • December 5, 2018