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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Provide healing help to people of all ages recovering from illness or injury. Learn how our bodies work and train to aid licensed therapists in this growing field.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program will not be accepting any new students at this time. This includes new students for the Fall 2023 cohort.

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Regional Program is to prepare individuals to become physical therapist assistants who are able to perform selected components of interventions and data collection under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. The program will prepare graduates who are eligible to sit for the national licensing examination for the physical therapist assistant.

Enrollment in this program is limited; therefore, a selective admissions process is followed.

What are my career choices?

Demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of an older population. A physical therapist assistant may work under the supervision of a physical therapist in settings such as rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, extended care facilities, sports training facilities, home health care, school systems, and hospitals.

What are my degree options?

  • Physical Therapist Assistant (Pathway 1)


Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

Program Licensure Disclosure

This program meets state authorization for Kentucky residents. If you live or plan to live outside of the state of Kentucky, consult with your state’s licensing/certification board to determine if your chosen path of study will meet their requirements. KCTCS and HCTC continuously reviews licensure information and provides information about state's licensure status, search your state and program

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Program Contacts

Tracy L. Bowling, PT, MS, DPT

Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Coordinator


Missy Guier

Administrative Assistant