Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help individuals of all ages who are ill, injured or have a health condition that limits the ability to perform daily activities. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient centers, home health, schools, work settings and the sports and fitness areas. Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercises for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes or walkers and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation. PTAs must complete a two-year Associate Degree and successfully pass the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants to be licensed in most states including South Carolina.
Individuals who have suggestions or concerns regarding the PTA Program may use the “Contact TCL” link on the TCL home page to file such concerns.
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In 2012, the average annual income in South Carolina for a Physical Therapist Assistant was $51,020.* Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program consists of general education courses, science and physical therapist assistant courses taught at the college, on-campus and off-campus laboratories and full-time clinical education experiences at available sites. The program is five consecutive semesters in length. Successful completion of all course work results in an earned Associate Degree in Applied Sciences/Physical Therapist Assistant.
For list of required courses, please see course catalog
SPECIALIZED PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 / 703-706-3245 / website
Applicants interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant program must first complete the college admission application process. The student will then make an appointment to meet with a Health Science Advisor. Acceptance into the college does not guarantee admission into a health sciences program. Applications for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program may only be obtained from Health Science Advisors. Call 843.525.8267 for additional information and to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
HEALTH SCIENCES ADVISOR
Phone: 843.525.8326 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Culbreth, Instructor
Phone: 843.470.5956 / email@example.com
Marge Sapp, Health Sciences, Division Dean
Phone: 843.525.8276 / firstname.lastname@example.org