Physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs in Tennessee's state community college system are accredited two-year associate degree programs that prepare graduates to perform selected components of patient treatment and assessment under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner. These PTA programs combine general education courses, physical therapy lecture and laboratory courses, and clinical education to produce competent, caring, quality oriented physical therapist assistants who are prepared for taking the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and for entering the field of physical therapy with the required knowledge, skills, and behaviors of an entry-level PTA. The Volunteer State Community College program meets the guidelines for accredited curricula and is accredited by:
Potential applicants are required to attend an information session where the PTA Program, class schedules, application procedures, and acceptance policies are discussed in detail. Information sessions are held twice a month: no reservation is necessary to attend. Sessions begin at 1:00 pm.
PTA Information Sessions will be held the first and third Wednesday of each month at the East Campus, 100 Building, Room 108 -sessions begin sharply at 1:00 pm on the following dates:
|December 21, 2016||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||July 19, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|January 4, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||August 2, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|January 18, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||August 16, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|February 1, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||September 6, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|February 15, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||September 20, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|March 1, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||October 4, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|March 15, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||October 18, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|April 5, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||November 1, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|May 3, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||November 15, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|May 17, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||December 6, 2017||1:00 pm||
100 Bldg Rm 108
|June 7, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108||December 20, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|June 21, 2017||100 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
|July 5, 2017||1:00 pm||100 Bldg Rm 108|
If you have further questions after reading both the Information packet and the FAQ's then you should attend a PTA information session which is held on the dates above. Information Sessions begins at 1:00 pm at the East Campus, 100 Building, Room 108. Advising is required before entering the program.
- Enrollment Requirements
- Admission to the program is limited to 32 students. The application process begins in January each year. The application deadline is March 17, 2017. Class selection is completed in May from applicants who complete all prerequisites by the end of the Spring Semester. In order to be eligible for admission into the PTA program, students must successfully complete, with a grade of “C” or better, all of the required general education courses and BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020, AHC 115, AHC 101, and PTA 110. Once students are admitted into the second year of the PTA program, three semesters of continuous full-time intensive study are required for completion. The program begins with the summer session. The PTA program classes frequently do not follow the regular College calendar.
- Student Background Check
- Effective September 1, 2005, students seeking enrollment in designated Health Sciences programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics/agencies must provide evidence of a passing score on a background check prior to official acceptance/enrollment into the respective program. Either the failure to provide the required background check results by the due date established or the receipt of anything other than a passing score on the background check will make a student ineligible for enrollment in the respective program. Background checks are performed at the student’s expense. Find more detailed information about Student Background Checks.
- Degree Advancement Program Agreement with MTSU
MTSU and Volunteer State Community College have developed an AAS-to-BS program to allow students who earn an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant at Volunteer State Community to transfer the majority of those credits to MTSU toward the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. This degree is offered through MTSU’s University College in cooperation with the Tennessee Board of Regents.
- What to Do Next
- Complete an Application Form located on the left side of this page
- Visit the links on the left side of this page