Physical Therapist Assistant

Want to help people enjoy a better quality of life? Enroll in our physical therapist assistant program.


Median Hourly Earnings

Physical Therapist Assistant
171 Annual Job Openings projected through 2021
All wage and employment data is specific to the region and
taken from EMSI October 2018. Your starting salary may vary.

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 to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives, in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, school systems and sports facilities. A technical education and core principles, including self-responsibility and professionalism, allow our graduates to work in physical therapy practice, administration or education.

The program integrates general education courses, technical courses and clinical education experiences. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam for PTAs, which is a requirement for state licensure.

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 packet.

Prospective PTA Student Meeting Schedule
All meetings will be held in Shockley Hall, Room 204. Seating is limited so please contact Lori Hazel by phone at 410-572-8740 or by email at to reserve your seat for a specific date.
Friday, 2/22/19: 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Thursday, 3/14/19: 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Friday, 4/12/19: 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Monday, 5/6/19: 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

Admission to the PTA program is limited and competitive. Prior to applying for admission, students must:
  • complete a group of prerequisite classes; and
  • attend a prospective student meeting, whose purpose 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 student in order to be successful.

    Meetings are scheduled in the late spring prior to the PTA program admission deadline.
There is an additional requirement for a total of eight hours of physical therapist or physical therapist assistant observation:
  • four hours in an inpatient setting; and
  • four hours in an outpatient setting.

To assist prospective students with preparation for future application to the PTA program, admission guidelines can be found in the physical therapist assistant admission information packet

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.

To graduate with an associate of applied science degree, students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all PTA courses.

Wor-Wic's physical therapist assistant (PTA) program is:
  • 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
  • The physical therapist assistant program is approved 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).

Degree Program

  • Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. Provides you with a foundation of knowledge and clinical skills required 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 health care team, promote health and wellness in the community and advance the profession of physical therapy.

Program Comments

We welcome input from the community in our effort to enhance Wor-Wic's physical therapist assistant (PTA) program. As such, any community member can comment or critique Wor-Wic's PTA program and the program's students and graduates without fear of retaliation. Those who are not Wor-Wic students, faculty or clinical educators should utilize the following procedures.

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

PTA Program Department Head
Wor-Wic Community College
32000 Campus Dr.
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 made in consultation with the dean of occupational education and/or the vice president for academic affairs. Records of outside comments/critiques and responses are kept on file in the PTA department for two years.

Contact Us Admissions 410-334-2895
Jon C. Waxham Department Head 410-334-6766
Program Advisory Committee Physical Therapist Assistant
Admission Packet