Physical Therapist Assistant

"Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function." Physical therapy addresses movement dysfunction and enhances physical and functional abilities and promotes optimal wellness and quality of life.

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)?

A Physical Therapist Assistant is a skilled health care provider who works under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. Their duties include: assisting the physical therapist in the application of treatment interventions in the physical therapy plan of care, educating patients and caregivers in proper therapeutic exercises and activities of daily living, communicating with other healthcare providers, patients, and families, and documenting patient's responses to treatment. Treatment techniques in the PT's plan of care promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.

PTA's provide care to people of all ages and in a variety of health care settings, to include: hospitals, outpatient clinics, inpatient rehab centers, home health agencies, schools, skilled nursing facilities, and fitness facilities.

Sources: A Normative Model of Physical Therapist Assistant Education: Version 2007

What are the Admission Requirements for Becoming a PTA? 

FTCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program requires the following high school or college prerequisites: 1 year of chemistry, biology, and Algebra I and II with a grade of "C" or better. Students who enjoy the sciences, especially the human sciences, enjoy helping others, and enjoy problem solving may find physical therapy well suited for them. Interested persons should volunteer or observe in a physical therapy clinic to confirm their interest.

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The Fayetteville Technical Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:

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Upon receiving the Associate of Applied Science degree from the College, the graduate may be eligible to sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant licensure examination. Successfully meeting licensure requirements allows the graduate to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

The average salary for Physical Therapist Assistant graduates of FTCC for 2014 was $45,000.

Licensure, Registration, or Certification Requirements

In North Carolina, graduates may apply for licensure by examination to the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (NCBPTE). Individuals with a felony conviction or specific misdemeanor convictions may not be eligible for licensure.

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Department Chair

Lynne McDonough, Telephone: (910) 678-8259, Email:

Secretary:  (910) 678-8392.