Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Description

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a healthcare provider working under the direction of a Physical Therapist. The PTA is involved in the treatment of individuals with muscular, skeletal, cardiopulmonary, and nervous system disorders. The PTA may also be involved in injury prevention or programs specifically targeted toward individual or group wellness. The PTA is able to provide physical therapy services as specified in a care plan developed by a Physical Therapist. Treatment program implementation may include therapeutic exercise, ambulation training, activities of daily living, and administration of physical agents such as heat and cold.

Craven Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Provide intervention established by the PT in a safe manner, minimizing risk to patients, self and others.
  • Provide appropriate instruction to patients, family, caregivers, and other professionals to achieve patient goals and outcomes as described in the plan of care by the PT.
  • Develop a plan for continuing education and/or career development that incorporates evidence-based practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet the entry-level job responsibilities of a PTA which includes: academic and clinical preparedness; punctuality; following PT directives; and ensuring safety, privacy and confidentiality of patients.

Admission Criteria

Physical Therapist Assisting is a selective admission program. To be eligible for admission, students must:

  • Submit a Physical Therapist Assisting Application by the designated deadline;
  • Math high school GPA must be 2.8 or higher within 10 years of enrollment at Craven CC or complete all developmental requisites to be eligible for MAT 110 & BIO 168.
  • English high school GPA must be 2.8 or higher within 10 years of enrollment at Craven CC or complete all developmental requisites to be eligible for ENG 111.
  • Have completed a high school or college/university level chemistry class with a grade of “C” or better;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. If you have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours with Craven CC, and have not attended another college/university since completing those hours, we will use the Craven GPA. If you have attended multiple colleges/universities, and have less than 12 semester hours at Craven CC, we will combine all GPAs to determine your current GPA. If you have less than 12 semester hours of college work, we will use your high school GPA which must be 2.5 or higher. If you completed a GED, and have less than 12 semester hours of college work, you must have scored 145 or higher;
  • Take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) admission exam;
  • Complete required unpaid observation hours in the discipline.

Selective admission into A45620 (Associate in Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant) requires adherence to the program of study by successfully completing all courses as outlined for progression throughout the curriculum. Please refer to the PTA Program Handbook and Policy and Procedure Manual for admission, progression, and graduation requirements.

Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Nursing Homes
  • Private Practice
  • Schools

Contact Information

PTA Program Director

Health Programs Admission & Advising Coordinator
(252) 639-2025

Admissions Office

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