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Enroll in a Physical Therapist Assisting Program Designed For You

The Blue Ridge CTC Physical Therapist Assistant degree is designed by clinical experts to prepare students to sit for the licensure examinations needed to work in the field. Students learn fundamental skills necessary to meet the physical therapy needs of patients.

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Set a solid foundation in the Healthcare field with a 2-year Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of real-world knowledge and additional workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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44,900

New jobs

Are set to be created for physical therapist assistants from 2020-2030.

32 %

Job Growth

Is estimated in the occupation of physical therapist assistants.

$49,180

Average Salary

For physical therapist assistants annually.

$23.64

per hour

Average salary of physical therapist assistants.

    • As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment growth rate in Physical Therapist Assistants occupations will be 32% from 2020 to 2030, which will add about 44,900 new jobs.
    • As per BLS Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics survey, the average salary for Physical Therapist Assistants was $49,180  and the per hour salary was $23.64.

Why Pursue an Associate Degree in Physical Therapist Assisting?

With this two-year Physical Therapist Assisting program, students learn academic skills, clinical skills, and professional behaviors needed to excel in physical therapist assisting careers. The degree allows students to:

    • Learn job-critical, physical therapy skills to qualify to sit for the national licensure examination.
    • Exhibit conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, ethical, and safe.
    • Implement a plan of care established by the physical therapist.
    • Work in a variety of physical therapy settings including; acute care, outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing, rehabilitation center, and nursing homes.

Begin a Career Helping Others with a Physical Therapist Assisting Degree

Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Physical Therapist Assisting includes physical therapy procedures required to help patients regain their strength. This degree prepares students to qualify to sit for the national Physical Therapist Assisting licensure examination.

Throughout the Physical Therapist Assisting degree program, students learn core concepts of physical therapy techniques, patient handling knowledge from hands-on learning format and resources to build skills needed to meet real-life obligations and challenges in different healthcare settings. The Physical Therapist Assisting program is a competitive admission degree. Students begin in the Medical Assisting: Rehabilitation Foundation program before applying for admission. See Application Requirements below.

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Degree Program

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70

Credit Hours

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What You Will Learn - Curriculum Overview

In the Physical Therapist Assistant program, students learn physical therapy techniques under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to enter medical settings including rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes.

This degree teaches core concepts such as the basis of physical therapy, patient care, pharmacology, Kinesiology, orthopedics, Neurology, clinical education. Students work through clinical education experiences to prepare to work in a healthcare setting. The curriculum allows students to:

    • Prepare to become eligible to sit for licensure examinations.
    • Earn Fundamental physical therapy knowledge.
    • Demonstrate competence in performing data collection through tests, measurements, and observations.
    • Use verbal, non-verbal, and written communication in an effective, appropriate and capable manner.
    • Demonstrate the cognitive knowledge basic to physical therapy intervention.

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Physical Therapist Assisting Application Instructions

Blue Ridge CTC’s Physical Therapist Assisting program is a competitive admission process. Students first apply to the College and enroll in the Medical Assisting: Rehabilitation Foundation degree program. Once prerequisites are met, students are then eligible to apply to the Physical Therapist Assisting program.

The Physical Therapist Assisting program is competitive admissions. Review the application and requirements to understand how scores are calculated.

The Physical Therapist Assisting (PTA) program is a 1 + 1 program. One year of prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the Fall semester of the technical phase. Because students apply on March 1st each year, students may be enrolled in prerequisites during the Spring semester and still apply. The midterm grades for those spring semester courses will be used to determine acceptance. Acceptance would be contingent upon the successful completion of those spring courses. If prerequisites are still left over to complete during any summer term, those students will NOT be considered for acceptance until the following year. In ALL prerequisite coursework, each student must earn a C or better. Once in the technical phase of this PTA program, it will last one year plus one five-week summer session. Once in the program, each student must maintain at least a 78% test average in order to keep their spot in the program. Admission to the PTA program is competitive and twenty students will be admitted to the PTA program each Fall.

A numerical score sheet is used to select 20 students for each class. Points are assigned for grades in all prerequisite courses, volunteer experience, the brief narrative written on the application, and previous degrees earned. For students who use EDGE credits for any of the prerequisite courses, a grade from the high school transcript will be utilized on the score sheet. Students who have previously earned an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree qualify for additional points. Students who have all A’s in all of the PTA prerequisite courses qualify for additional points. Degrees earned at the end of the spring semester of which the student has applied to the technical phase WILL still allow the student to earn the extra points for the degree. Acceptance would be contingent upon the student actually earning the degree. The minimum requirement for volunteer hours is 20 total hours split between two distinctly different practice settings. Students are asked NOT to complete much over the 20-hour requirement so that we do not overwhelm clinical sites. The total score for the PTA score sheet for acceptance is composed of: 60% letter grades in prerequisite courses, 10% volunteer hours, 15% written essay on application, and 15% past degrees obtained. The 20 students with the highest scores are chosen. An applicant with a score below 130 in section A of the PTA Score sheet for Acceptance would not be a qualified applicant. 130 is the minimum qualifying score to get into the program

Graduation & Employment Rates

Graduating class # applied # accepted Admission rate Graduation rate 1st time licensure pass rate Ultimate Licensure pass rate Employment rate
Class of 2020 35 20 57% 80% 68.8% 75.0% 92%
Class of 2021 34 20 68% 55% 90.9% 100% 100%
Class of 2022 36 20 66% 80% 54.5% n/a n/a
Class of 2023 20 17 85% n/a n/a n/a n/a

 

2 year average graduation rate 2 year average employment rate 2 year average licensure pass rates- 1st time 2 year average licensure pass rates– ultimate
Average for Class of 2019 and Class of 2020

 

85% 96% 76% 84.7%
Average for Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 67.5% 96% 79.9% 87.5%
Average for Class of Class of 21 and Class of 2022 67.5% n/a 72.7% n/a

The completed application packet must be submitted to the program coordinator by March 1st for the next entering class.
Late applications are accepted only if space allows.

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2021-2022 PTA Student Financial Fact Sheet

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the Physical Therapist Assisting program? We can help!

Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a 32% increase in Physical Therapist Assistant is expected for the next 10 years. This two-year degree prepares you for careers in different healthcare settings such as acute care, outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing, rehabilitation center, and nursing homes.
An associate degree in physical therapy assisting at Blue Ridge CTC lets you meet your career goals in approximately two years. With this degree, you obtain real-world knowledge that prepares you to sit for the licensure exams needed to enter the career field.

The Physical Therapist Assisting program is a competitive admissions program. Students first enroll in the Medical Assisting: Rehabilitation Foundation program to prepare to make application the Physical Therapist Assisting program. See the program Application Requirements below.

Admission requirements for Blue Ridge CTC include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time after submitting the application. To know more eligibility criteria visit the course catalog.

Blue Ridge CTC’s Physical Therapist Assistant program does not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.
Upon successful completion of the program and passing of licensure examinations, students are eligible to work in a variety of physical therapy settings including; acute care, outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing, rehabilitation center, and nursing homes.

Whenever you are selecting a Physical Therapist Assisting program, be sure to review:

  • Program accreditation by recognized authorities
  • Qualified faculty and industry-driven learning delivery
  • Easy credits transfer for continued education
  • Job prospects and placement assistance

Disclaimer

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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