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Physical Therapist Assistant - Full-Time (510806)

Degree: Associate in Applied Science, AAS


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.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?


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