May 23, 2024  
2016-2017 VSCC Catalog 
2016-2017 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant - A.A.S.

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This program prepares students to become Mid-level Physical Therapy practitioners. Physical Therapist Assistants work under the direction of a Licensed Physical Therapist in a wide variety of health care facilities. The Vol State program meets the guidelines for accredited curricula and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: 703-706-3245

Admission to the program is limited. Applicants must complete all 17 hours general education courses required for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in these courses.  A grade of C or higher is required for transfer of credits into the program.  A grade of B or higher is highly recommended in the Math and Sciences to be considered for the program.  Students must also complete AHC 101*, AHC 115*, PTA 110*, and MATH 1130 or MATH 1710 and demonstrate computer competency (either by receiving a “C” or higher in INFS 1010 or receiving a passing score on the Computer Competency Exam). Once students are admitted into the second year of the PTA program, three semesters of continuous full-time intensive study are required for completion. The program begins with the Summer Session. The PTA program classes frequently do not follow the regular College calendar.  The Summer Semester generally begins the last week of May.  For more information refer to the Health Sciences Associate of Applied Science Degrees  section in the catalog.

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All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP). More information can be found at

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (67)

Computer Literacy Requirement

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Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website  or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements.  Salaries are not guaranteed. 

Career Beginning Salary Experienced Salary
Physical Therapist Assistant $35,530 $72,060


Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (12)

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (See General Education Requirements in Catalog)  Credits: (3)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (13)

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