Florence-Darlington Technical College is collaborating with Greenville Technical College (GTC) to offer the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) 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. A PTA can work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, school systems, home health care, private practice, health clubs and academia. Job opportunities 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.
The Physical Therapist Assistant curriculum is arranged as a One-Plus-One program. Phase I courses, qualified students are eligible to apply to Phase II, which covers academic and clinical physical therapist assistant coursework. This phase may be completed full-time over 4 successive semesters or via an Extended Track option over 6 semesters. Clinical course assignments during Phase II may require students to travel and arrange temporary accommodations away from home. Graduates of this program must pass a national licensure exam to practice as a physical therapist assistant.