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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

This associate of applied science degree program provides students with the technical education required for graduates to work as PTAs, as well as the core principles, including self-responsibility and professionalism, that will allow them to work in physical therapy practice, administration or education. The curriculum is built upon the minimum required skills of physical therapist assistant graduates at entry-level, the normative model of physical therapist assistant education and documents on professionalism and ethical behavior of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as well as the CAPTE requirements for physical therapist assistant program accreditation.

Due to the limited number of spaces available in this program, selection is on a competitive basis. Interested individuals must follow the procedures in the Physical Therapist Assistant Admission Information PacketAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon, which is available in the physical therapist assistant department, in the admissions office or on the college website. In order to be considered for admission into the program that begins in the fall, prospective students must complete the admission requirements by the third Friday in June. In order to graduate with an associate of applied science degree, students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all PTA courses.

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist (PT). PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, school systems, sports facilities, and more.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wor-Wic Community College provides an affordable and comprehensive education to students from the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland that desire to work in the field of Physical Therapy. The program is based on the core principles of integrity, excellence, diversity, compassion, and professionalism. The program provides the foundation of knowledge and clinical skill required for graduates to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination, work as an entry level Physical Therapist Assistant under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist, function as an integral part of the healthcare team, promote health and wellness in the community, and advance the profession of Physical Therapy. The program integrates general education courses, technical courses, and clinical education experiences to prepare the program graduate to work as an entry-level PTA. Students who successfully complete the PTA Program will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. Upon graduation from an accredited PTA program, students are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam for PTAs which is a requirement for state licensure.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the PTA program is limited and will be competitive. There is a group of pre-requisite classes that must be completed prior to applying for admission to the PTA program. Also required is attendance at a PTA program prospective student meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information about the physical therapy profession, the role of the physical therapist assistant, the program curriculum, and what will be expected of the program student in order to be successful. Meetings will be scheduled in the late spring prior to the PTA Program admission deadline (Prospective Student Meeting ScheduleAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon). There is an additional requirement for a total of 8 hours of physical therapist or physical therapist assistant observation, 4 hours in an in-patient setting and 4 hours in an out-patient setting. To assist prospective students with preparation for future application to the PTA program, admissions guidelines can be found in the Physical Therapist Assistant Admission Information packetAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon. For additional questions regarding admission procedures contact the PTA office at 410-572-8740.

Accreditation Status

Wor-Wic is a state-approved two-year college. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program has received program approval through the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC or Commission) is an independent agency created in 1988 and given responsibility for the planning, supervision and coordination of Maryland’s postsecondary education system. (Education Article, §§10-207, 11-105).

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wor-Wic 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 410-572-8740 or email

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the physical therapist assistant program will be able to:

  1. Apply their knowledge and skills to perform the duties and patient care activities of an entry-level physical therapist assistant under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in a variety of settings;
  2. Recognize individual and cultural differences by appropriately adjusting interventions and communications in all aspects of physical therapy services;
  3. Effectively and accurately communicate information verbally and non-verbally with clients, co-workers and others in the health care environment;
  4. Practice in a legal, safe and ethical manner, consistent with the code of ethics of the American Physical Therapy Association and applicable state and federal laws; and
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to the physical therapy profession by improving their skills and participating in community service.

Program Outline

Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S. DegreeAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon

Program Costs

Physical Therapist Assistant Estimated Program CostsAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon

Program Outcomes

Physical Therapist Assistant Program OutcomesAdobe Portable Document Format (PDF) icon

Program Comments

We welcome input from all communities in our effort to enhance Wor-Wics Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program. As such, any community member may comment or critique Wor-Wics PTA program and the program's students and graduates without fear of retaliation. Those who are not a Wor-Wic student, faculty or clinical educator should utilize the following procedures.

Comments/critiques received from sources outside of the college may be submitted in writing and must be signed by the author. Anonymous submissions, or written comments provided on behalf of an anonymous source will not be acknowledged. Comments/critiques must include the nature of the comment/critique, the name, organization (if applicable), contact address and phone number, and signature of the person initiating the comment/critique. Comments should be submitted to:

Wor-Wic Community College
PTA Program Department Head
Allied Health Building, Suite 307
32000 Campus Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

The Department Head will respond to any comments/critiques from sources outside of the college within 14 days of receipt. Any appropriate action or response will be in consultation with the Dean of Occupational Education and/or the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Records of outside comments/critiques and responses will be kept on file in the PTA department for a period of 2 years.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Wor-Wic Community College not to discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, disability or any other characteristic protected by law in the admission and treat-ment of students, access to educational programs and activities, and the terms and conditions of employment. Student-related inquiries should be directed to the dean of student development at (410) 334-2893, and employment-related inquiries should be directed to the director of human resources at (410) 334-2920, or they can be mailed to the attention of these individuals at Wor-Wic Community College, 32000 Campus Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804.

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