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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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a physical therapist helps a client

The A.A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant degree prepares students to implement physical therapy treatment procedures under the supervision of licensed Physical Therapists. As an assistant to a physical therapist, you will help patients recovering from debilitating illness, amputation, surgery, or accident to improve mobility, restore physical function, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program: Horry-Georgetown Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, (CAPTE) 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 843-477-2075 or email Samantha.Martel@hgtc.edu.

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For more information about Health Science Admissions visit: www.hgtc.edu/healthscience.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Samantha Martel - 843-477-2075

Career Outlook

On a typical day, a physical therapist assistant will perform components of a variety of treatment procedures, including:

  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Traction
  • Ultrasound
  • Clerical and record-keeping duties

Employment opportunities can be found in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Outpatient offices
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Schools
  • Home health agencies

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Office of Career Services for more employment resources.

Program Disclosure Statement

Applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant program should be aware a current, unrestricted license or certification may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a limited-access program. All applicants must meet weighted Admission requirements by May 15 to advance to the next phase of consideration for admission to the program. However, meeting admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the PTA program. An applicant who receives notification that she/he was not admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant program must resubmit the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Application by the published application deadline in order to be considered for admission to the next available class. These applicants should check with Admissions to determine if HGTC Admission information requires updating. A waiting list of applicants is not maintained.

  • Criminal Background Check 30 days prior to starting clinical each semester beginning in the second semester; felony or misdemeanor convictions could result in applicants being ineligible to complete the program.
  • Urine Drug Screening 30 days prior to starting clinical each semester beginning in the second semester.
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program prior to second semester.
  • Attendance at PTA Mandatory Information Session.
  • Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers prior to second semester.
  • Experience Documentation form submitted to Office of Admissions reflecting a minimum of 20 hours in a physical therapy facility. The applicant is responsible for arranging the experience at approved facilities. A list of local facilities is available on the department webpage.
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher on all required General Education and support courses, with "C" or higher in each course. These courses include: BIO 210 and BIO 211 (5 year time limit), ENG 101, MAT 120 or MAT 110, PSY 201 and Humanities. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA must be maintained with no academic or disciplinary suspension at time of admission or program entry.
  • To be licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the state of South Carolina the graduate must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and apply for Physical Therapist Assistant licensure with the Labor and Licensing Regulation Board of South Carolina. The cost of completing the NPTE and application for licensure is not included in the cost of tuition for the program.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements

A minimum grade of "C" or better is required for all PTH-prefixed courses for progression and graduation.

Curriculum Sequence

General Education Requirements  
BIO 210 Anatomy Physiology I 4
BIO 211 Anatomy Physiology II 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 110 College Algebra 3
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics (preferred)  
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
  Humanities 3
  TOTAL 20
First Semester - Fall    
PTH 101 Physical Therapy Professional Preparation 2
PTH 204 Physical Therapy Functional Anatomy and Application 5
PTH 205 Physical Therapy Functional Anatomy 4
PTH 221 Pathology I 2
PSY 203 Human Growth Development 3
  TOTAL 16
Second Semester - Spring    
PTH 202 Physical Therapy Modalities 4
PTH 234 Clinical Education I 3
PTH 240 Therapeutic Exercises/Applications 5
PTH 270 Special Topics in Physical Therapy 3
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
PTH 228 Manual Therapy Techniques 2
PTH 242 Orthopedic Management 4
PTH 253 Clinical Practice II 3
Fourth Semester - Fall    
PTH 235 Interpersonal Dynamics 2
PTH 244 Rehabilitation 4
PTH 275 Advanced Professional Preparation 1
PTH 276 Physical Therapy Practicum II 6
  TOTAL 13

Total Credit Hours