Physical Therapist Assistant - A45640

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program requires students to complete a program application separate from the College's application. Applications are accepted September 1 - May 20 for possible acceptance into the subsequent fall semester. Please contact Nicole Lawrence, Health Sciences Admissions Coordinator, to receive a program application when all eligibility requirements have been met ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 252-451-8390).

Accreditation Status

The Nash Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Program Outcomes

  2-Year Average
Acceptance Rate 18%
Program Completion 89%
Graduation Rate* (CAPTE) 93%
Licensure 1st-take Pass 98%
Licensure Overall 100%
Employment Rate 100%
Average Exam Score (National Avg. 664) 689

*Graduation rate does not reflect withdrawal from the program due to non-academic or personal reasons.

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under supervision of physical therapists. Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.

Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment of a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the lifespan.

Upon receiving your Associate of Applied Science degree from the College, the graduate may be eligible to sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant licensure examination. Successfully meeting licensure requirements allows the graduate to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

A minimum grade of “C” is required for non-PTA courses and a minimum grade of “B” is required for PTA-courses **identified in the Physical Therapist Assistant plan of study."

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General Education Courses
COM 231 Public Speaking
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra
PSY 150 General Psychology
HUM/FA Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

Major Core Courses
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II
PTA 110 Introduction to Phy. Therapy
PTA 125 Gross & Functional Anatomy
PTA 135 Pathology
PTA 145 Therapeutic Procedures
PTA 155 PTA Clinical I
PTA 185 PTA Clinical II
PTA 212 Health Care Resources
PTA 215 Therapeutic Exercise
PTA 222 Professional Interactions
PTA 225 Introduction to Rehabilitation
PTA 235 Neurological Rehabilitation
PTA 245 PTA Clinical III
PTA 255 PTA Clinical IV

Other Major Courses
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers

Other Required Courses
ACA 122 College Transfer Success

Total Semester Hour Credits for AAS Degree 73