This program prepares students to become mid-level Physical Therapy practitioners. Physical Therapist Assistants work under the direction of a Registered Physical Therapist in a wide variety of health care facilities. The Volunteer State Community College program meets the guidelines for accredited curricula and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: (703) 706 - 3245
Physical Therapist Assistant
Potential applicants are required to attend an advising session where the PTA Program, class schedules, application procedures, and acceptance policies are discussed in detail. Advising sessions are held weekly: no reservation is necessary to attend.
PTA Open Advising Sessions will be held the first and third Wednesday of each month
at the East Campus, 100 Building, Room 108 at 1:00 pm on the following dates:
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
No appointment is necessary to attend.
Advising is required before entering the program. PTA Advising Hotline: (615) 452-8600 - ext. 2321
If you have further questions after reading both the Information packet and the FAQ's then you should attend PTA advising session which is held on the dates above at 1:00pm at the East Campus, 100 Building, Room 108. Advising is required before entering the program. PTA Advising Hotline: (615) 452-8600 - ext. 2321
- Enrollment Requirements
- Admission to the program is limited to 32 students. The application process begins in January each year. The application deadline is March 21, 2016. 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 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.
MTSU provides a wealth of information about Degree Advancement Program on their website; including an information sheet about Physical Therapist Assistant.
- What to Do Next
- Download the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Information Packet
- Apply to the College
- Submit a Pre-Health SciencesInterest Form
- Explore the links on the left side of this page