Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapy is a direct form of professional medical care and a vital part of the total health care for patients who have temporary or permanent disability due to pain, injury, disease, birth defect, or loss of limb.  While the Physician maintains life, the Physical Therapist and the Physical Therapist Assistant help maintain the quality of life. In some cases, the physical therapist may help make the patient "better than new". In others, as in geriatrics or athletics, the Physical Therapist can help maintain the patient's health or prevent severe disability. Physical Therapy, therefore, is a vital resource available to the physician in the total care of the patient.

Always, the goal of the Physical Therapist and the Physical Therapist Assistant is to help the patient enjoy a full life, living it more independently or with less pain.

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 a physical therapy plan of care, training patients in proper exercises and activities of daily living, and reporting patient's responses to the physical therapist.

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.

Academic program sequencing and fact sheet may be found by CLICKING HERE.

    Individual Course Descriptions may be found by CLICKING HERE.



ACCREDITATION: 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:; Website:



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 2012 was $48,700.

Licensure, Registration, or Certification Requirements:  Currently, more than half of all states require Physical Therapist Assistants to be licensed, registered, or certified. States requiring licensure stipulate specific educational and examination criteria. 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.

Program Outcomes: 3-Year Average    (2010-2012)
Graduation Rate 72.2%
Ultimate Licensure Pass Rate 100%
Employment Rate


Department Chair:  Lynne McDonough, Telephone: (910) 678-8259, Email:                                   Secretary:  (910) 678-8392.