Physical Therapist Assistant
| “Our professors are top-notch, and they give their all to help us graduate and be the best students and, eventually, the best physical therapist assistant professionals that we can be. It is a very tough program, especially with the course load and all of the time it takes to study and prioritize everything. But it was an awesome experience.” Jamie Sires, PTA, 2015
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
A Physical Therapist Assistant is a licensed health care provider that performs physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist.
What is the salary of a PTA?
The full-time median salary for a PTA in South Carolina is $52,200. (Sources: www.onestop.org, http://salary.careerbuilder.com)
What degree will I earn?
OCtech will award an Associate in Applied Science Degree with a Major in Physical Therapist Assistant.
Will I have to pass a licensing exam to practice as a PTA?
Yes, after receiving your Associate Degree, you will apply to the state upon which you wish to practice for eligibility to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam. You must pass this exam to practice as a PTA in the state you applied. An exam fee is required.
How do I apply?
You must attend a Health Information Session either in person or online to receive an application packet.These packets will be made available at the beginning of January each year. The deadline for application is April 1 or the Thursday before if April 1 falls on a weekend. Applications should be turned into Admissions between the hours of 8:00 – 4:00 on Monday – Thursday. No late applications will be accepted.
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Where our graduates
Physical Therapist Assistant
Skilled Nursing Facilities
Sports Medicine Clinics
Wound Care Facilities
Home Health Agencies
Industrial Companies (Work Hardening)
According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of a PTA is "expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2018." There is an expectant 33% increase in the need for PTA's.
The PTA Program at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email: accreditation @apta.org; website http://www.capteonline.org
Associate Degree, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Student Learning Outcomes
• Demonstrate competence and safety in the delivery of physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of a PT.
• Demonstrate critical thinking skills in classroom, laboratory, and clinical environments.
• Demonstrate professionalism, ethical, and legal behaviors.
Program Outcomes 2015*
*2015 is the first graduating class for this program.
- Graduation Rate 63%
- NPTE Pass Rate 83%
- Employment Rate 100%