Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Program Description

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a health care provider working under the direction of a Physical Therapist. The PTA is involved in the treatment of individuals with muscular, skeletal, cardiopulmonary, and nervous system disorders. The PTA may also be involved in injury prevention or programs specifically targeted toward individual or group wellness. The PTA is able to provide physical therapy services as specified in a care plan developed by a Physical Therapist. Treatment program implementation may include therapeutic exercise, ambulation training, activities of daily living, and administration of physical agents such as heat and cold.


The Physical Therapist Assistant admission application for Spring 2015 will be open from May 5 - July 31, 2014.

Click PTA application to access the online application by using your Craven Community College student email address and password.

If you do not have a Craven Community College student email and password, click the Apply link at the top right of Craven's home page to complete a general admission application (the application link is under the heading "Admissions Procedures". Follow the instructions that you receive in a return email from Admissions to confirm your intent to enroll. You will receive a letter from the Admissions staff with your Craven Community College Student ID number and instructions for accessing your Craven Community College student email, and accessing WebAdvisor, Craven's student web portal.

Click PTA application to access the online application by using your Craven Community College student email address and password.

Admission Criteria

Physical Therapist Assisting is a selective admission program. The college accepts a cohort of 20 students into the PTA program each Spring. In order to be eligible for admission, students must:

  • Submit a Physical Therapist Assisting Application by the designated deadline;
  • Place into ENG 111 or completed all Developmental English;
  • Place into MAT 080 or higher or completed Introduction to Algebra (MAT 070) or higher at a North Carolina Community College OR completed DMA 040 and 050;
  • Completed a high school or college/university level chemistry class with a grade of “C” or better;
  • A current GPA of 2.5 or higher. If you have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours with Craven Community College, and have not attended another college/ university since completing those hours, we will use the Craven GPA. If you have attended multiple colleges/universities, and have less than 12 semester hours at Craven CC, we will combine all GPA’s to determine your current GPA. If you have less than 12 semester hours of college work, we will use your high school GPA, which must be 2.5 or higher. If you completed a GED, and have less than 12 semester hours of college work, you must have scored 2400;
  • Take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) placement exam;
  • Complete 20 total hours of non-paid observation in two different types of physical therapy settings and have documentation verifying the observation hours prior to submitting the application. See Observation Hours Form under Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) Program Documents and Forms.
  • Physical Therapy Assistant Application Worksheet

Academic Requirements

Successful completion of all general education courses with a "C" or greater and all PTA courses with a "B" or greater in a term/semester as identified by the program advisee sheet is required before physical therapist assistant students may progress to the succeeding semester.

Career Opportunities

Hospitals | Clinics | Home Health Care Agencies | Nursing Homes | Private Practice | Schools


The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Craven Community 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:; website:

Degree Requirements

Associate Degree - Physical Therapist Assistant (A45620) - (pdf)

PTA Program Documents and Forms

Outcome Data

  • Graduation Rate (2012) 81.3%
  • First Time Pass Rate PTA Board Exam (2012) 81.8%
  • Ultimate Pass Rate PTA Board Exam (2012) 100%
  • Employment Rate within Six Months of Passing PTA Board Exam (2012) 100%


For more information about enrolling in Physical Therapist Assistant Program, please contact Jennifer Cooke at (252)-638-7227. You can also send an email to for more information about the program.