Dec 02, 2022  
2017-2018 VSCC Catalog 
2017-2018 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant - A.A.S.

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Please note, students admitted in Summer 2018 will follow the 2018-2019 Catalog. A version of the 2018-2019 Physical Therapist Assistant program is available for view in the Catalog Addendum. This version is pending approvals from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs in Tennessee's state community college system are accredited two-year associate degree programs that prepare graduates to perform selected components of patient treatment and assessment under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner. These PTA programs combine general education courses, physical therapy lecture and laboratory courses, and clinical education to produce competent, caring quality oriented physical therapist assistants who are prepared for taking the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and for entering the field of physical therapy with the required knowledge, skills, and behaviors of an entry-level PTA. 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 required 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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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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