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School of Health Professions :: Programs of Study

Physical Therapist Assistant :: Estimated Cost

This is an estimate of some expenses that should be anticipated, only if accepted into this restricted admission program. Costs incurred by students are subject to change. Details about the items included below are covered during orientation for students upon entering the program. Medical expenses do vary depending on your provider of services. Student housing is not available at VWCC. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from classes/clinical and the cost of transportation is not included below. Clinical rotations will require travel to multiple sites some assignments may be outside the primary campus service area. Students may be required to complete additional requirements for clinical rotations, and as these vary by site, are not included in the costs listed below. Students in the program must keep their immunizations and AHA BLS Provider CPR up to date while in the program. These costs do not include unexpected costs which may arise due to unforeseen circumstances such as a sudden shift to remote learning. The college does not guarantee job placement upon completion of the program.

Tuition fees are incurred according to credit hours enrolled in per semester. The total estimated tuition is based on the 69 college credits required for this curriculum. Tuition and book expenses for prerequisite courses which may be needed (such as Algebra I, Biology and Chemistry) or other developmental classes identified by placement test and taken prior to entry into the program is not included as it cannot be predetermined (varies by student). Tuition is estimated in the table below based off the following criteria. For more accurate information please visit the tuition rates and fees site.

(Tuition rates below are as of Fall 2020 and subject to change.)

Estimated In-State Tuition: $178.49 per credit hour 
Estimated Out-Of-State Tuition: $376.09 per credit hour

Item Pre-Requisites First Year Second Year
Tuition (In-State $1,070.94 $6,961.11 $4,283.76
Books (PTA courses only)   700.00 300.00
PTA Student Kit   250.00  
Clothing for lecture, lab, and clinical courses   250.00  
Physical/Immunizations/PPD   300.00 50.00
Background check/drug screening   100.00 85.00
CPR (AHA Healthcare Provider)   180.00  
APTA Student Dues   90.00  
Licensing Exam Review Course     200.00
National Board Exam     485.00
State Licensing Fees (Virginia)     135.95
TOTAL $1,070.94 $8,831.11 $5,814.71
Tuition: $
Credits: 69 Hours
Time: 2 years


Location: Fralin Center HP 214A or HP 339
Phone: 540-857-6325, 857-6644 or 857-7307
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

Program Head

Jordan Tucker, PT, DPT
Program Director and Assistant Professor, Physical Therapist Assistant
B.S.-Ithaca College, 2004
M.S.-Ithaca College, 2005
DPT-Ithaca College, 2005

School of Health Professions

Martha Sullivan, Interim Dean