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Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Eddy Zeno · 901-333-5394
Jennifer Stevens · 901-333-5395

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a health-care professional who works under the supervision of a physical therapist. The PTA works with a variety of patients who have been disabled by illness, accident, or congenital handicap. The duties of a PTA include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs that may involve exercise, manual therapy and hydrotherapy; the use of heat, cold, electricity, or sound; and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient's responses. As clinicians, PTAs work in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, and for physical therapists in outpatient independent practice settings.

Following graduation, graduates are eligible to sit for the state licensing examination. A criminal background check is required. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southwest Tennessee Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Program Outcomes

Graduation Rate: 2010, 2011, and 2012 graduation rates were 70 percent, 86 percent, and 95 percent respectively. Some students did not complete the program due to academic, financial, medical, or personal reasons.

Licensure Examination Pass Rate:

Employment Rate of Graduates: 100 percent of graduates from the classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 have been offered employment within 6 months of becoming licensed Physical Therapist Assistants.