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Physical Therapist Assistant (2-year program) (45620) CIP 51.0806

Last updated on Sept. 30, 2019, 4:22 p.m.

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the supervision of physical therapists. Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.

Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment of a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the life span.

Graduates may be eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the NC Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Employment is available in general hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, specialty hospitals, home health agencies, private clinics, and public school systems.

Curriculum Offerings:

SHC - Semester Hour Credits

Additional Information:

Students must maintain a ‘B’ (80%) final average for all PTA courses, and a ‘C’ (70%) for all non-PTA prefix courses in the program of study to remain in the PTA program.

This program is approved by SACSCOC to begin Spring 2019.

Program Information for PTA

About the PTA program

ACCREDITATION: Effective November 14, 2018, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Anna Marie Prado, PTA, M.Ed., Program Director at (704) 216-7180 or email at Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

A45620 AAS Academic Plan


For additional information regarding this program, contact the chair, Anna Marie Prado,

Faculty Mentors:

Anna Marie Prado Chair
Karey Martin Faculty and Academic Coordinator