Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist Assistant

PTA Accepting Applications for Summer 2014

Central Carolina Community College is accepting applications for the Physical Therapist Assistant program scheduled to start summer 2014 at the Harnett Health Sciences Center in Lillington. This application expresses a student's intent to be considered for the official Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Students may pick up a consideration application starting on April 7, 2014 at 8:00am from the Bell Welcome Center on the Sanford campus or from the Student Services Office on the Lillington campus.

The deadline for the submission of the consideration application and any applicable documentation is by April 17, 2014 by 5:00pm. In order to submit the application, the following general education courses must be in progress for spring 2014 or already complete: BIO 165 Anatomy & Physiology I, ENG 111 Expository Writing, PHY 110/110A Conceptual Physics, and PSY 150 General Psychology. Applications and health forms can be submitted to either Trinnette Nichols-Jones on the Lillington campus or to Jamee Stiffler on the Sanford campus.

A Physical Therapist Assistant information session will be held April 9, 2014 at the Harnett Health Sciences Center (see below). Information sessions are also required for the application process.

The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work in direct patient care settings under supervision of physical therapists. Assistants work to improve or restore function by alleviation or prevention of physical impairment and perform other essential activities in a physical therapy department.

Course work includes normal human anatomy and physiology, the consequences of disease or injury, and physical therapy treatment of a variety of patient conditions affecting humans throughout the life span.

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Central Carolina Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Until Candidate for Accreditation status has been granted by CAPTE, interested applicants are urged to begin the general education core courses identified in the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant program of study approved for CCCC by the NC Community College System and pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges.

PTA Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Practice Act as it relates to the provision of Physical Therapy services.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge, reliable observation skills, abilities and team-minded dynamics that will enable employment as an entry-level PTA
  3. Utilize evidence-based interventions, problem solving and critical thinking abilities to implement as established patient plan of care under the direction of a physical therapist
  4. Function as a competent, entry-level PTA with appropriate technical and interpersonal skills with a primacy towards safety
  5. Demonstrate professional behaviors and values of the profession based on physical therapy best practices which include lifelong learning, cultural sensitivity and community service.
  6. Communicate with patients, family members, physical therapists, community based services and other health care delivery personnel in an appropriate and effective manner.


The CCCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program, guided by tested and measured standards of excellence, seeks to meet the needs of the community by providing an engaging, dynamic and contemporary learning environment that results in competent clinicians with the skill, knowledge and attitudes expected of an entry-level physical therapist assistant.


In keeping with the Vision of the College, the PTA program will provide a comprehensive educational experience that will produce health professionals grounded in contemporary knowledge, skill and cultural sensitivity.

PTA Philosophy

The educational philosophy of the Central Carolina Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Department mirrors the greater mission of the College. We embrace the diverse community we serve and seek to serve as a catalyst for personal, community, and economic development by empowering students through education and training. The PTA program is committed to maintain the educational standards set forth by the College, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) as well as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Program faculty, staff and clinical faculty strive to cultivate a nurturing learning environment that accommodates learning variances to produce an effective and rewarding classroom and clinical experience. We strive to model appropriate, professional relationships, ethical standards and the importance of lifelong learning which are cornerstones of the Physical Therapy profession.