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Physical Therapist Assistant




 

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.

TCL’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program Statistics
Graduation Rate
Year %
2015 100
2014 83.3
NPTE Pass Rate
Year %
2015 91
2014 100
2013 87
Employment Rate*
Year %
2014 100
2013 100
2012 100
*Based on all graduates who passed the NPTE.

CAREER OPTIONS

  In 2014, the average annual income in South Carolina for a Physical Therapist Assistant was $56,570.* Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience.

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

  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

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

1111 North Fairfax Street / Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Phone: 703 706-3245

E-mail: accreditation@apta.org

Website: http://www.capteonline.org

 

ADMISSIONS

  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. 

 

HANDBOOK

Division Student Handbook 2016

PTA Student Handbook with Division Handbook August 2015

 

HELPFUL LINKS

 American Physical Therapy Association
The South Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association
United States Department of Labor
PTA Program Information
TCL PTA Program Statistics 

HEALTH SCIENCES ADVISOR

Maggie O’Sullivan
Phone: 843.525.8326 / mosullivan@tcl.edu

 

FACULTY

Glenn Levicki, Health Sciences, Division Dean

Phone: 843.525.8276 / glevicki@tcl.edu

Vicki Daniel, Health Sciences, PTA Program Director

Phone: 843.525.8230 / vdaniel@tcl.edu

Karen Monstein, Health Sciences, ACCE

Phone: 843.525.8218 / kmonstein@tcl.edu


*Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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ALL STUDENTS MUST SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A HEALTH SCIENCE ADVISOR PRIOR TO RECEIVING AN APPLICATION. CALL 843-525-8267 FOR AN APPOINTMENT.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For application information:

 

health@tcl.edu

 

or call LaQuetta Washington at 843-525-8267