Physical Therapist Assistant: Associate in Applied Science | Technical College of the LowCountry

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.

Program Description


Free Tuition for Fall. Click for details.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.

TCL PTA Program Specific Statistics
Graduating Class Graduation Rate NPTE 1st Time Pass Rate NPTE Overall Pass Rate Employment Rate
2019 80% 75% 75% 100%
2018 83% 70% 100% 100%
2017 76% 100% 100% 100%

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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 843-525-8230 or email jswearingen@tcl.edu.



Quick Facts


Quick Fact 1
It pays to be a PTA: the median annual wage is $55,900.
Quick Fact 2
Learn about nutrition, kinesiology, therapeutic methods, and rehabilitation practices.
Quick Fact 3
The 2-year PTA program consists of 69 credit hours over five full-time semesters.

What People Are Saying


“TCL’s PTA program is a really smart choice because of job security – PTAs will always be in demand.”

Joey Swearingen PTA Program Director

FAQs & Additional Information

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Additional Program Requirements

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.

What does this program cost?*

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.

Is this program for you?

Yes, particularly if you:

• like working with people.
• excel in science.
• Have physical strength to move and lift patients.

Program Dean


Glenn Levicki

Division Dean/Health Sciences

glevicki@tcl.edu

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