Physical Therapist Assistant

About the Program

Train in selected physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Our classroom instruction, hands-on practice in simulated laboratory activities and live experiences on real patients at clinical education facilities will prepare you to work in a variety of settings to assist individuals who have lost function so they can live more active lifestyles.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination in order to be designated as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.

Interested in Applying? Take the Self Assessment for PTA.

Special Admissions Requirements

A criminal background check, drug screen, physical, immunization record, proof of first-aid training and CPR certification through the American Heart Association is required before beginning the program. Please note that students who have prior convictions of a crime – excluding minor traffic violations – and/or have had disciplinary action against them may not be allowed to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination.

Please review carefully: PTA Admissions Overview

Health Information Program

To receive an application for this program, you must first complete a Health Information Program (HIP).

Note:  Campus-based HIP sessions are temporarily suspended at this time due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Please use the link below to take advantage of our online session to receive your application package.

Online HIP Session

Launch HIP Session

Degrees Available

Special Requirements

Certifications Available

Transfer Options

Career Outlook

FAQs & Additional Information


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) at Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College (OCtech) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:  If needing to contact the PTA Program at OCtech directly, please call Program Coordinator, Lynn Fralix, at 803-535-1305 or email

To review accreditation status, please visit the OCtech Program Accreditation/Approval page.

Student Outcomes

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Program Coordinator

Lynn Fralix
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coordinator

Meet a Graduate

“I wish I had known about OCtech’s PTA program before earning an exercise science degree from the University of South Carolina. You get into the workforce so much faster with a degree from OCtech.”

— Casey Ulmer, Physical Therapist Assistant Class of 2018