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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
211 Annual Job Openings projected through 2027
All wage and employment data is specific to the region and
taken from EMSI July 2023. Your starting salary may vary.

Degree Program

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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 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. 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 health professions admission information packet. In order to be considered for admission into the program that begins in the fall, prospective students must complete the admission requirements by the second Friday in July.

Prospective student meetings are MANDATORY for admission into the physical therapist assistant program. Below you will find a list of dates and times for the upcoming semester. Meetings are virtual. Please email with questions about the meetings.
Prospective student meetings
Wednesday, June 5 at 1 p.m.
Friday, July 5 at 9 a.m.

Bring your questions! Reserve your seat by email at or call 410-572-8740 and indicate which meeting you would like to attend. A link to the meeting will be provided at that time.

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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 health professions admission information packet

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The physical therapist assistant program at Wor-Wic Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. William Bails at 410-334-6766 or email

  • 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.
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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 health professions 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.