School of Health Professions :: Programs of Study
Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate of Applied Science
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, 2021 for the Fall 2021 program.
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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., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Virginia Western Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On May 11, 2021, the program was denied candidate for accreditation status by CAPTE; however, the program plans to submit for a reconsideration hearing so as to continue with development and future offering of the program. The program is requesting a reconsideration hearing at the Fall 2021 CAPTE meeting. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
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 ( or 540-857-6728). Unresolved complaints or complaints regarding the program director should contact the Dean of Health Professions, Martha Sullivan ( 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 email@example.com.
- Students/graduates will accurately, safely, and concisely perform the duties of an entry-level Physical Therapist Assistant through application of knowledge, skills, and techniques learned in didactic, lab, and clinical courses.
- Students/graduates will safely and effectively implement appropriate therapeutic interventions within the parameters of an established plan of care developed by a physical therapist and while remaining within the scope of practice and state law of a physical therapist assistant.
- Students/graduates will communicate effectively and professionally using verbal, written, and non-verbal communications with other healthcare providers, patients, family members, and caregivers while considering differing communication needs.
- Students/graduates will recognize the needs of the patient, family, and caregivers and document and address those needs appropriately.
- Students/graduates will explain the importance of involvement in and advocacy for the profession and of life-long learning and continuing education.
- Students/graduates will demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional conduct appropriate in a healthcare setting.
- Upon program completion, graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce as an entry-level physical therapist assistant.
Credits: 69 Hours
Time: 2 years
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Location: Fralin Center HP 214A or HP 339
Phone: 540-857-6325, 857-6644 or 857-7307
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015
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