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

Physical Therapist Assistant: Associate of 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


Applications for the Physical Therapist Assistant program will continue to be taken until April 28, 2017 at 11 am.

Orientation will be held in Bldg 12 auditorium on May 18, 2017 from 9am-12pm. Program specific orientation will continue after.

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.

PTAs, under the supervision of licensed physical therapists, work in hospitals, outpatient centers, home health, in sports and fitness areas, and other facilities. PTAs teach patients exercises for mobility, strength and coordination and may help clients train for activities such as walking with crutches, canes or walkers.

South Carolina’s annual mean wage for Physical Therapist Assistants is $56,380, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor 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. CALL 843-525-8267 FOR AN APPOINTMENT. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 18 FOR FALL 2017 ENTRY.

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 of: Graduation Rate NPTE Pass Rate Employment Rate
2016 93.9% 100.0% 100.0%
2015 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%

Accreditation & Accolades


Physical Therapist Assistant Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 / 703.706.3245 / email: accreditation@apta.org / website http://www.capteonline.org


Quick Facts


Quick Fact 1
It pays to be a PTA: the median annual wage is $56,380.
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.”

Vicki Daniel 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?*

69 credits x $170 per credit = $11,730.

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 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. 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

Instructors


Margaret O'Sullivan

Academic Program Coordinator/Health Sciences

mosullivan@tcl.edu

Vicki Daniel

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Director/Health Sciences

vdaniel@tcl.edu

Karen Monstein

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education/Instructor/Health Sciences

kmonstein@tcl.edu

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