The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under the direction and supervision of physical therapists.

Physical therapist assistants must complete a two-year education program. The course of study includes one semester of general education prerequisite courses and then the four-semester PTA program which consists of the technical physical therapist assistant courses.

Students may complete the general education prerequisite courses at any accredited college or university; however, enrollment in the four-semester PTA program at the GTCC Jamestown campus is limited. Resources, such as clinical facilities and clinical instructors, limit the number of applicants accepted into the program. Acceptance into the PTA Program is competitive: a total of twenty-four individuals are admitted to the program each fall.  All applicants must meet minimum requirements and specific deadlines.  However, meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Students not admitted to the program who wish to be considered for the following year must re-apply.

Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Guilford Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245703-706-3245; email:; website:

Mandatory PTA Information sessions on November 14, December 16, and April 10 and are located in the Percy Sears Applied Technology Building in the Auditorium (room 120). The session for February 20 is located in the Koury Hospitality Careers auditorium. You must attend one of the following information sessions:

April 10, 2014 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

May 20, 2014 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Contact Info

(336) 334-4822, ext. 50280

Last update 01/09/2014