Health Sciences - Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

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.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Southwestern Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation[at]apta[dot]org; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 828.339.4306 or email e_bock[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu

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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coordinator
800.447.4091, ext. 4306
Susan Kimel
Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Coordinator/Instructor
800.447.4091, ext. 4615