Health Sciences PTA Program

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant-Health Sciences A.S.

Students interested in one of Volunteer State Community College Health Sciences programs must follow the A.S. in Health Sciences curriculum.  You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into your selected programs.  For more information about specific program deadlines and requirements, please refer to the program's information packet.

About the Program

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:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 706 - 3245

Information Sessions

Potential applications 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.

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:

If you are interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, please read the PTA Information packet and Frequently Asked Questions.

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