Associate of Applied Science (Health Professions)

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Starting Fall 2022

Did you know that the physical therapist assistant program at Virginia Western Community College prepares you for an exciting career as an integral member of the rehabilitation team and allows you to work in a variety of healthcare settings?

Begin your journey today towards a rewarding career that allows you to be a part of a patient’s recovery process as they return to function.

The application deadline will be February 15, 2022 for the Fall 2022 Program. Please see the Apply Now page for more information regarding the Fall 2022 admissions cycle.

Accreditation of Program

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Effective November 2, 2021, Virginia Western Community College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 540-857-6728 or email jtucker@virginiawestern.edu.

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

Filing Complaints

Any individual may submit a complaint or grievance regarding the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Those wishing to submit a complaint should follow the appropriate steps as outlined below. There will be no retaliation for any complaint or grievance filed with or regarding the PTA program.

Those wishing to submit a complaint or grieve may submit complaints regarding the program by contacting Program Director, Jordan Tucker, PT, DPT at (jtucker@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6728). Unresolved complaints or complaints regarding the program director should contact the Dean of Health Professions, Martha Sullivan (msullivan@virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6282).

Those individuals wishing to file complaints about the program with the program accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), may do so by following the instructions found here: http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/ or may contact CAPTE directly at 703-706-3245 or accreditation@apta.org.

Program Mission

The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares graduates, through a comprehensive and contemporary curriculum delivered in an environment of academic excellence, to work as competent and professional physical therapist assistants able to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Graduates will be prepared to act as part of the healthcare team providing patient-centered care to a diverse population within the community. The program encourages and supports student success and empowers students to become independent, life-long learners.

Goals

  1. The VWCC PTA Program will prepare graduates to work as competent and professional entry-level physical therapist assistants able to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
  2. The VWCC PTA Program will prepare students and graduates to effectively demonstrate verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills in a culturally competent manner with patients, family members and other health care providers.
  3. The VWCC PTA Program faculty will provide a comprehensive evidence-based curriculum based on contemporary physical therapy practice within an atmosphere of academic excellence.
  4. The VWCC PTA Program will promote the importance of continuing personal and professional development through lifelong learning opportunities and membership in professional organizations.
  5. The VWCC PTA Program will support the surrounding community through the service of program faculty and students.

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APPLY NOW TO VWCC

Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 69 Hours
Time: 2 Years

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change

ADVISING

healthprofessions@virginiawestern.edu
 Fralin Center HP214A or HP339
New Students: Chapman Hall
 540-857-6325 or 857-6644
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
School of Health Professions
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

PROGRAM HEAD

Jordan Tucker, PT, DPT, EdD
Program Director and Assistant Professor, Physical Therapist Assistant

B.S. – Ithaca College, 2004
M.S. – Ithaca College, 2005
DPT – Ithaca College, 2005
EdD – A.T. Still University, 2021

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Martha Sullivan, Dean