Physical Therapist Assistant: Associate in Applied Science
Strengthen your future.
Love making a difference? As a PTA, you’ll make it your job to help others grow stronger.
FALL 2020 APPLICATION UPDATE: TEAS testing will not be required for applications for the Fall 2020 cohort. Students must take the Achieve 3000 and score a 1300 or higher in order to be eligible to apply for the Fall 2020 cohort. Last day for Achieve 3000 testing is 5/27/20.
Extending applications for Fall 2020 until June 1st* at 5pm.
*date subject to change due to COVID-19.
Accepting applications for Fall 2020 from January 13th- May 11th at 5pm.
*For Achieve 3000 information, please contact Health Sciences Division at 843-525-8267.
*To Schedule the TEAS, please call the testing center at 843-470-8400.
As of May 18, 2020 math and science courses must be completed within the last 5 years to be considered for Health Science applications.
Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) help individuals of all ages who are ill, injured, or have a health condition that limits the ability to perform daily activities.
Under the supervision of licensed physical therapists, PTAs can work in many different settings. These include: hospitals, outpatient centers, home health, sports/fitness, long-term care, and other facilities. PTAs teach patients exercises for mobility, strength, and coordination, as well as helping clients train for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers.
South Carolina’s annual mean wage for Physical Therapist Assistants is $55,900, according to 2017 reports from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earnings can increase substantially with time and experience.
TCL’s full-time PTA program consists of 69 credit hours completed over five consecutive semesters. The curriculum includes general education, science, and PTA courses taught on site and in a variety of off-campus laboratory and clinical sites.
PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A HEALTH SCIENCE ADVISOR PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM. CALL 843-525-8267 FOR AN APPOINTMENT.
Certify Your Skills
Earn valuable industry credentials! Coursework qualifies students to apply to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants (NPTE) exam. TCL’s graduates continue to perform well above the national average. PTAs must complete an associate degree and successfully pass NPTE exam to be licensed in most states including South Carolina.
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Accreditation & Accolades
Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 843-525-8230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What People Are Saying
“TCL’s PTA program is a really smart choice because of job security – PTAs will always be in demand.”
FAQs & Additional Informationtoggle all
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.
Tuition: 69 credits x $190 per credit = $13,110.
Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.
*Based on Fall 2019 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.
Yes, particularly if you:
• like working with people.
• excel in science.
• Have physical strength to move and lift patients.
• American Physical Therapy Association
• The South Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association
• United States Department of Labor
• PTA Program Information
• PTA Program Overview Slideshow
• Clinical Education Manual rev. Oct 2017