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Physical Therapist Assistant

PINWhat is a physical therapist assistant?

“Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs may also measure changes in the patient's performance as a result of the physical therapy provided.” (APTA website)

What is the difference between a Physical Therapist and a Physical Therapist Assistant?
The physical therapist (PT) is a graduate of a University program of study and is responsible for evaluation of and development of the patient's plan of care and treatment. A PTA works under the supervision of a PT


CalculatorWhere could I work? What will it pay?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Industry
  • Nursing homes
  • Home health agencies
  • Schools

To learn more about these job areas, APTA.

The range of wages for physical therapist assistants is as follows:

  • In the 2015 Advance Healthcare network survey 45% of PTA respondents with 0-5 years of experience made between $45,000 and $54,000.
  • The American Physical Therapy Association reports median income for full time PTAs in the Midwest was between $41,000 and $45,000 and the median income for PTAs in their first 3 years of practice was $38,500.

Click below for links to PT and PTA jobs

ClockHow long will this program take?

It will take a minimum of 5 semesters to get an associate degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.  Students must complete a minimum of one semester of classes prior to admission to four semesters of PTA program courses.

This program is a selective admissions program and due to these requirements students may find that it takes longer to earn enough points to be admitted into the 4 semesters of PTA program classes..

For length of time to get a diploma or certificate AND for a complete list of required courses:
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BookWhat credentials are available? (Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Associate Degree — Physical Therapist Assistant | Download the academic plan

An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.


There are no diplomas available for this program.

Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.

G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.


There are no certificates available for this program.

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

ChartHow do I apply for this program?

A class is started each January into the 4 semesters of the PTA program.

You must complete the steps below by October 1 to be considered by the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Selective Admissions Committee for entrance into the PTA program in January of the following year.

1. Attend a pre-admission conference

Pre-admission conference dates:
March 7, 2017 | Allied Health Building, Room E105 • 4 p.m.
April 6, 2017 | Allied Health Building, Room E105 • 4 p.m.

2. Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community and Technical College unless you are already a student at one of the KCTCS colleges.

3. Submit official transcripts for all previous college work not completed at a KCTCS college.

4. Submit ACT or SAT score report

5. Register for or have already completed BIO 137, Anatomy and Physiology I. This course must be completed with a “C” or higher prior to entering the first semester of PTA program courses.

Admission is based upon a point system. The admissions point scale is designed to objectively evaluate applicants. Applicants with the highest total points will be admitted to the program. Please see the point system at the link below.

PTA Selective Admission Points

Points are given to applicants for their ACT score and GPA in the classes required for the program. To earn additional points toward program admission you can:

  • Earn an A or B in Anatomy and Physiology I or II, and/or Math 150 (College Algebra)
  • Be an Kentucky resident
  • Submit documentation: of employment as a physical therapy aide or technician; related health care experience involving patient care such as nurse’s aide or other health care licensure/registry/certification; or related healthcare education involving patient care such as NAA 100.

TelephoneWho can help me? What else do I need to know?

Program Coordinator
Peggy Block

In addition to required classes students are required to be certified in CPR at healthcare provider level, obtain the required immunizations, complete a background check, and complete the required drug screen.

Is the PTA program a stepping stone to a PT program?
Maybe. The PTA Program is a technical program ending with an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students can utilize up to 58 credit hours in the PTA program toward a Bachelor’s degree program at Western Kentucky University. Students will need to complete a Bachelor’s degree prior to applying to enter a Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

AcceptAccreditation / Program Success

Program completion and licensure pass rate 

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email -; website:

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College is currently accredited through 2024.