Programs of Study
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; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southern Union State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Jeff Leatherman, DPT, MS, PT, Program Director at 334-756-4121 x 5254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Union State Community College has not determined if the PTA Program at SUSCC meets the Physical Therapist Assistant state education requirements in other states, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. Students who reside in a state other than Alabama should contact the specific Board of Physical Therapy (https://www.pt.alabama.gov/) in the state or territory where they plan to seek licensure to find additional educational requirements.
- PTA Brochure
- PTA Timeline
- PTA Student Application Worksheet
- PTA Estimated Costs
- PTA Essential Functions
- PTA Financial Facts
- PTA Outcomes
Applications will be accepted January through September for Spring admission.
NEXT ADMISSION - SPRING 2024
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