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Physical Therapist Assistant


Tommy WinstonTommy Winston, DPT, CMP
Program Coordinator


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year integrated program taught over five semesters. During the program, students are given the opportunity to master the theories and principles of treatment to work with patients to relieve impairments, overcome disability, and restore movement, skills, and function. Classes include lecture and laboratory sessions to develop knowledge, skills, and the attitudes required of an entry-level physical therapist assistant. Upon completion of the curriculum plan the student will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.  As a licensed physical therapist assistant, graduates are eligible to work under the direction of a physical therapist in a variety of health care settings providing physical therapy service to patients.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for physical therapist assistants which is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

The graduation rate for classes graduating from 2017-2019 is 83.3 percent. Licensure exam pass rates are 97.1 percent on first attempt for classes graduating 2017-2019, 97 percent overall. The employment rate for graduates is 94 percent in part time or full time settings.


PTA demonstrating technique

PTA Students Demonstrating Techniques


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Meridian Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (601) 484-8613 or email