Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science
The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students to become licensed to work in the field of physical therapy, a key member of the health care profession. Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of licensed physical therapists to provide physical therapy interventions that reduce physical disability, pain, movement dysfunction and promote optimal health and function.
The mission of the Greenville Technical College Physical Therapist Assistant program is to meet the needs of the area by providing a pool of qualified graduates for entry-level positions who demonstrate knowledge, competence, professionalism and effective communication skills to enable them to participate successfully as members of an evolving health care community. Our commitment is to provide the highest quality educational opportunities available for students who desire to become physical therapist assistants. The faculty is committed to helping each student achieve his or her fullest potential through a rigorous academic curriculum and individualized clinical experiences. We believe in developing strong partnerships between the health care community and the academic program. We value life-long learning and commitment to continuing education. Through role modeling and mentoring, we encourage our students to participate in professional organizations and community service activities.
Acceptable placement test score(s); plus high school diploma or GED
See “Program Requirements” Section for additional requirements.
Type of Program
This program is designed as a One-Plus-One program. Phase I includes all of the required general education and related courses that may be taken at Greenville Technical College or any articulating or regionally accredited college. Upon successful completion of all Phase I courses, qualified students are eligible to apply to Phase II, the final four semesters (full-time enrollment) or six semesters (part-time enrollment) of academic and clinical physical therapist\assistant coursework.
- Phase I: Day, evening, online or weekend
- Phase II: Day, with some evening labs required at FDTC expansion campus location
Phase II courses are taught at either Greenville Tech’s Benson Campus located in Greer, SC, or the FDTC PTA Expansion Program located at Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Health Sciences Campus PTA Expansion Program in Florence, SC.
Clinical course assignments during Phase II may require students to travel and arrange temporary accommodations away from home.
Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, home health care, private practice
Physical Therapist Assistant (subject to passing national licensure exam)
- Graduates of this program must pass a national licensure exam to practice as a physical therapist assistant.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/pta/.
Phase I Admission Requirements
- Complete Greenville Tech application.
- Submit all high school transcripts or GED and official college transcripts, if applicable.
- Achieve acceptable placement into Phase I courses.
- Attend Career Talk advising seminar before the March 31 deadline for the year submitting Phase II PTA Weighted Admission Application.
- Meet with a PTA program advisor to plan course progression.
Phase II Admission Requirements
- Complete all of the admissions requirements of Phase I.
- Take the TEAS entrance exam at the Placement Testing Center in Admissions and Registration Center.
- Submit a completed PTA Program Phase II Weighted Admission Packet to the PTA program director by March 31 of the year students anticipate admission into Phase II. Students must indicate which campus location (Benson or FDTC) to which they are applying. Application can be found on the PTA advising website: https://www.gvltec.edu/pta/.
- Attain a minimum cumulative technical GPA of 2.50 for all 10 required Phase I courses, passing all Phase I courses with a minimum grade of “C” by the second attempt, (this includes W, WF, D or F grades) by the end of the spring semester before entering Phase II the following fall.
- Students are selected for PTA Program Phase II admission based upon competitive Weighted Admissions score ranking. Students with the highest scores are accepted on a space availability basis. Weighted admission criteria can be obtained at a Career Talk session. Minimum Weighted Admission Score to be considered for admission is 158/263.
- BIO 150 Anatomy Review for Kinesiology (for Physical Therapist Assistant majors) must be completed within five years of admission to Phase II and is offered only at GTC or York Technical College.
After acceptance into Phase II
Students will be required to
- Submit a non-refundable $100 deposit, applied toward Phase II tuition, to secure a seat in Phase II for the Fall Semester.
- Attend new PTA program student orientation.
- Have a negative 10-panel drug screen report.
- Have an acceptable criminal background report. Students may be subject to more than one background check during the program based on affiliate requirements.
- Submit a physical exam with documentation of required immunizations.
- Submit documentation of current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
- Complete all preclinical training modules.
- Be able to attend all clinical experiences, which require driving to and from clinical sites.
- Pass the PTA Program Physical Competency Assessment. Form located on https://www.gvltec.edu/pta/ under the link, “Is PTA Right for You?”
Listed below is the ideal grouping of courses in order by semester. This plan assumes a full-time schedule. Note, however, that many variables can affect this plan, and not every course is offered every semester. Please see your advisor to map out your own personalized progression toward graduation.
|All courses listed under first and second semester are required prior to acceptance into Phase II.|
|First Semester (Full Time)|
|ENG 101||English Composition I* 1||3|
|AHS 102||Medical Terminology||3|
|PSY 201||General Psychology* 1||3|
|BIO 210||Anatomy & Physiology I* 1||4|
|MAT 120||Probability and Statistics* 1||3|
|Second Semester (Full Time)|
|PSY 203||Human Growth and Development* 1||3|
|SPC 205||Public Speaking* 1,2||3|
|BIO 150||Anatomy Review for Kinesiology (for Physical Therapist Assistant majors) 1||1|
|BIO 211||Anatomy & Physiology II* 1||4|
|Humanities Elective 1||3|
|Third Semester (Full Time)|
|PTH 102||Introduction to Physical Therapy Intervention||2|
|PTH 105||Introduction to Kinesiology||3|
|PTH 115||Pathology for Physical Therapy Assistants||3|
|PTH 118||Physical Agents and Modalities||4|
|Fourth Semester (Full Time)|
|PTH 101||Physical Therapy Professional Preparation||2|
|PTH 220||Patient Assessment Techniques||4|
|PTH 226||Therapeutic Exercises||3|
|PTH 270||Special Topics in Physical Therapy||3|
|PTH 234||Clinical Education I||3|
|Fifth Semester (Part-Time)|
|PTH 242||Orthopedic Management||4|
|PTH 246||Neuromuscular Rehabilitation||5|
|Sixth Semester (Part-Time)|
|PTH 264||Clinical Education II||5|
|PTH 274||Clinical Education III||5|
|Total Required Credit Hours||76|
General education courses