Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist Assistant

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 Goals

  1. Ensure contemporary knowledge, skills and competence in physical therapy practice per industry standards and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) requirements
  2. Provide students with a strong educational foundation for personal and professional growth.
  3. Provide an interactive learning environment that optimize each individual's learning style and fosters collegial behaviors.
  4. Prepare students to serve as competent, clinically sound entry-level PTAs who work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists.
  5. Provide students with a variety of clinical education experiences to practice the full range of clinical skills covered throughout the curriculum
  6. Encourage faculty/instructor development in teaching and professional skills to ensure contemporary knowledge in methods and instruction and apply this knowledge to the classroom and clinical environment.


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 that works under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.


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.

Central Carolina Community College serves the public without regard to Race, Color, National Origin, Religion, Age, Sex and Sexual Orientation, Gender, Family status, Disability status, Veteran status, or any Health or Genetic Information.

Complaints regarding the program or program graduates should be first addressed to Ms. Kim Leaird, PTA Program Director, at, or 919-814-8820. Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Director should be directed to Ms. Lisa Baker, Dean of Health Sciences, at, or 919-777-7784. All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility. A complaint against the program may also be filed with the NC Board of PT Examiners at Complaints regarding Accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This Commission is located at 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314.