Physical therapist assistants (PTA) provide direct client care under the supervision of a physical therapist. Physical therapist assistants help improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities due to injury or disease. PTAs work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, sports clinics, rehabilitation centers, extended-care facilities and schools. The program includes interactive classroom experiences along with 720 hours of supervised clinical rotations.
PTAs interact directly with the clients to provide direct client care so they need to be personable, empathetic, motivators and educators.
Physical strength, agility, quick reactions, strong verbal and written communication skills
A.A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant
Upon successful completion of the PTA program graduates are eligible to sit for the
state licensure examination through the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts.
The PTA program at Penn Valley Community College is accredited by:
Additional steps are required for acceptance into this program beyond the standard MCC admissions application. This is a four semester program (additional semesters of prerequisites) that accepts approximately 22 students in the on ground program and 15 students in the web based program annually.
- Complete all required prerequisite courses
- Download the program application packet and student information packet; PTA Program Application, PTA Prospective Student Information Packet and follow the directions carefully. Be sure to note all of the program requirements.
- Apply for financial aid. The federal financial aid application (FAFSA) is also available online.
Program Application Deadline: June 10 is the deadline for the on ground program; October 1 is the application deadline for the web based program
Students accepted into the program will work directly with the program coordinator to determine next steps. Students not accepted into the program should contact the Student Advising Department or the Health Science Institute (email@example.com) to determine next steps.
Download the student handbook for more information.