Physical Therapist Assistant

Nature of Work

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are licensed healthcare providers who work as part of a team to provide physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds who have medical problems or health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. A PTA should have a genuine desire to help others and be able to motivate them to do their best.

The duties of a PTA include assisting physical therapists in performing interventions for patients using heat, cold, electricity, ultrasound, water, massage, therapeutic exercise, gait training, balance, coordination, and functional activities. Physical therapist assistants must maintain constant effective communication with the physical therapist regarding patient progress and response to treatment and record this information in patients' medical records.

Career Outlook

Physical therapist assistants held about 71,400 jobs in 2012. The industries that employed the most physical therapist assistants in 2012 were as follows:

Employment opportunities are projected to grow by approximately 41 percent from 2012 through 2022.

Learn more about our Physical Therapist Assistant program College Catalog

Credentials You Can Earn

Associate Degree
Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Expenses

The Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities to notify students and prospective students of the all program costs for which they will be responsible. Students will be responsible for the following expenses:


Admissions Fees

  • Nonrefundable application fee ($25)
  • Program Placement Examination ($75)

Outside Vendor Fees Prior to Beginning PHTA Courses

  • Immunizations (Approximately $400)
  • Physical Examination (Approximately $100)
  • Uniforms and name tag (Approximately $100)

Semester Fees

  • Tuition ($89 per credit hour)
  • Accident Insurance Fee ($4 per term)
  • Campus Supply Fee ($40 per term)
  • Instruction Fee ($55 per term)
  • Parking Fee ($20 per term)
  • Campus Safety Fee ($25 per term)
  • Registration Fee ($50 per term)
  • Student Activity Fee ($30 per term)
  • Technology Fee ($105 per term)

Throughout the Program

  • Background Checks and Drug Screenings (Approximately $100 per required check/screening)
  • Malpractice Insurance ($11 per year)
  • Textbooks (Approximately $1,500)
  • Supply Fee (Varies — See course descriptions for exact amount)
  • APTA and PTAG student membership ($87 per year)
These expenses are based on costs in effect at the time this catalog was published. Prices are subject to change.

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Ellen O'Keefe, PT,DPT.,Program Chair
Office Location: A-224
Phone: (706) 355-5176
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