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Health Professions: Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is designed for those who wish to enter employment as physical therapist assistants working under the supervision of a physical therapist. 

Enjoy a fulfilling career by providing care to individuals of all ages.  Teach a patient to walk again following a surgery. Assist a child with adaptive equipment in school.  Help a worker return to his/her job following an injury.   

Work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, outpatient clinics, sports medicine clinics, private practice, fitness and wellness centers, and school systems.


You Can Be Me: A Career in Physical Therapy

Video published by the American Physical Therapy Association

Get Started


Apply by April 15 to start next Fall!




Open House Information Sessions

  • 3rd Thursday of each month (none held in Dec.)
  • 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Regional Health Professions Center, Bldg M, Virginia Beach Campus


Transfer Students

As of July, 1 2012, technical classes from other PT/PTA programs will no longer be accepted for transfer credit.  Transfer credit will be accepted for general education classes only.





TCC Success Story

Click here to read about PTA alumna, Tammie Law!







The Physical Therapy Assistant program at Tidewater 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:



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