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Physical Therapist Assistant - Extended Track (Part-time: Semesters 3 - 6; Full-time: Semesters 7-8) Degree

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To prepare students to become licensed to work as physical therapist assistants. Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist to provide treatment to reduce physical disability, movement dysfunction and pain, and to promote optimal health and function.


Florence-Darlington Technical College is collaborating with Greenville Technical College to offer the Physical Therapist Assistant program. All of the courses are taught at FDTC; however, the program is under the direction of GTC. Physical therapy is a health profession which involves direct patient care of individuals who experience temporary or permanent disability due to pain, injury, disease or birth defects. Job opportunities in hospitals and rehabilitation centers are excellent, especially if the graduate is willing to relocate. Working under the supervision of a physical therapist, the physical therapist assistant works to prevent pain and disability, relieve pain, promote healing, and improve function. Beginning students should have excellent verbal and math skills. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

One-Plus-One: The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is arranged as a One-Plus-One program. Phase I students take their general education requirements. Phase II covers the physical therapy content and may be completed full-time over 4 successive semesters or via an Extended Track option over 6 semesters. Clinical affiliations may be in South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia. At the completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for state licensure. The student must pass this exam to practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Program Entrance Requirements

Course Level Required Courses
High School

Algebra I, Biology

(Recommended: Chemistry, Physics)

College None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Required

Diploma or GED


Approval/Permission Needed -- Application Process


Prior Experience/Observation

Minimum twenty hours of observation in at least two different types of physical therapy facilities


Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0


Current CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross


First Aid Certification No

Hepatitis B Immunization

or Signed Informed Refusal or Titer

MMR Immunization or Titer No
Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer No
Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray No

Medical Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.


Dental Examination

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

Dental health must meet departmental standards.


Technical Standards

Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.


Negative Drug Screen


Satisfactory Background Check


Other Diplomas, Licensures, etc.


Recent Photograph

Photograph will not be returned.


Academic Standards

Standard Criteria Required

Courses requiring a grade of "C" or better


Courses that may not be attempted more than twice


Complete or Maintain CPR Certification

by American Heart Association or American Red Cross


Curriculum Completion Requirement


Drug Calculation Competency

Students must demonstrate drug calculation competency each semester in order to progress in curriculum courses.


Dismissal Policy


Re-entry Policy


Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all required courses specified in the curriculum.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
  • Achieve a cumulative final GPA of 2.0.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total credit hours of his/her curriculum at FDTC.  Exceptions can be made only by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Program Specific Notes

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 as well as a grade of C or better is required for all Phase I courses. Students who make a D, F, or W in any course the third time will become ineligible to continue in the PTA program. PTA Career Talk attandance is also required.

After acceptance into Phase II, before beginning clinical coursework the student must submit a physical exam with documentation of required immunizations. Besides the requirements stated above, there will be weighted admission requirements for entrance into Phase II which are available through the PTA Advisor. Additional Requirements for Phase II Students: 1. Meet requirements for Phase I 2. Meet all program requirements identified by Physical Therapist Assistant faculty 3. Physical examination by a licensed physician indicating good physical and mental health 4. Submit documentation of CPR certification 5. Submit a criminal background check form.