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Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

CAMPUSES Asheville
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Career Options*

Physical Therapy Assistant Certified Physical Therapist Assistant Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant Outpatient Physical Therapist Assistant Physical Therapist Assistant Physical Therapy Technician Staff Physical Therapy Assistant

41%* Estimated Job Growth

Keys to Success

In addition to strong mathematical and analytical skills, a commitment to delivering excellent patient care is vital to success both in this program and in your career. You must be able to maintain professionalism with patients, families, and healthcare providers. Working independently and as part of a team are both essential, as are critical thinking skills and a strong work ethic.

Through our strong relationships in local healthcare environments, South College provides students with robust, hands-on clinical training, helping you develop real-world experience. Classroom training supports the clinical aspect of the program with experienced instructors who can provide students with individual attention, and clinical rotations provide a mentor-driven learning experience. Tutors and practice labs are also available to help you hone your skills.

South College Students in a Lab

Continuing Education

Additional Information

Accreditation


The South College Asheville Learning Site Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Contact the PTA Department Chair at (828) 398-2528 with any issues involving the PTA program.

GRADUATION DATE GRADUATION RATE ULTIMATE PASS RATE EMPLOYMENT
2013 75.5 % 100% 100%
2014 47.7 % 90% 100%
2015 75.0 % 94.1% 100%

Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. The information included here is estimated for a full-time student.* South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success At South College

Shawn Domm

I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.

- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Ferichs

One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.

- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Adam Hatcher

I went to college originally straight out of high school with the intent of majoring in musical performance with a concentration in theoretical studies. I was not prepared to for college at that point, so I decided to gain some experience and maturity by joining the work force full-time. After working for 10 years, I felt it was time to try school again.

- Adam Hatcher, Bachelor of Business Administration
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