Program Overview

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

PTA Program, Mission, Philosophy, Learning Objectives, and Outcomes

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a technically-educated, licensed health care provider who works under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist (PT). The PTA performs duties and carries out treatment plans as directed by the PT. Duties of the PTA are varied and include, but are not limited to the application of physical modalities, exercise programs, gait training, functional activities, and patient education. Physical requirements for PTAs utilize various rehabilitative techniques to help patients whose abilities have been impaired by an accident, injury, illness, disease or other health-related conditions that limit movement and functional abilities. Clients include adult and pediatric patients with orthopedic and neurologic injuries and various medical conditions. Employment settings include acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, nursing homes, home health, sports medicine clinics, and even academic institutions.

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA, 22305; phone: 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. 
Effective November 3, 2020, Southern Union State Community College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA, 22305; phone: 703-706-3245; email:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 334-756-4151 Ext 5254 or email Jeff Leatherman, MS, PT, DPT, Program Director at  
Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses.  Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation. 

Program Information:

Jeff Leatherman, MS, PT, DPT
Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Southern Union State CC-Valley Campus
321 Fob James Drive
Valley, AL 36854
Phone:  334.756.4151 Ext 5254

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