Physical Therapy Assistant Schools In Georgia

Physical therapy assistant schools in Georgia provide accredited training for aspiring PTAs in three separate locations in the state: the greater Atlanta area, Albany, and Savannah. The American Physical Therapy Association’s Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education publishes the official register of accredited entry-level programs, and lists four colleges in Georgia to whom that status has been granted.

Accredited PTA programs in Georgia last two years and culminate in an Associate of Science (AS) Degree. They comprise a period of general education, normally including topics such as English composition, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics/algebra, anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology. The technical, occupational components of the program normally include areas such as a general introduction to physical therapy, kinesiology and functional anatomy, pathology, therapeutic exercise, and a series of clinical practicums in different settings.

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools In Georgia

Admission criteria for Georgia physical therapist assistant schools vary according to the institution, but they normally include attendance at an information and orientation session, verification of patient observation in a physical therapy setting approved by the school to show awareness of the requirements of the career, and satisfactory completion of pre-program coursework. Performance in admission tests and interviews may also be taken into account. Most courses beginning in the fall semester, but one college (South University in Savannah) has multiple admission points during the year. Admission may also be contingent on a criminal background check and drug screening.

Georgia PTA Program Directory

Athens Technical College
1317 Athens Highway
Elberton, GA 30635

The Athens Tech PTA program leading to a Associate of Applied Science Degree requires completion of 127 quarter credit hours, 73 of which come from the major PTA courses, 29 from general health classes, and 25 from general education. The program begins each year in the fall, with an application deadline of May 1. Interested candidates must attend an orientation session in the same year that they seek admission, and provide transcripts showing a minimum 2.0 GPA in high school/college work. At least 24 hours physical therapy observation is required, with a recommended second 24-hour period in a different practice setting. Candidates need also to submit scores from a Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET V) as part of their application.

Contact details
Ellen O’Keefe – Program Chair

Chattahoochee Technical College
North Metro Campus
5198 Ross Road
Acworth, GA 30102

CTC has eight different campuses north of Atlanta, but the PTA program is only offered from the North Metro campus. Students enroll in the Healthcare Science Certificate Program in order to take the pre-admission courses for physical therapy assisting which must be completed by the last day of the spring semester with at least grade C. They also need to complete the HOBET V test and attend a mandatory information session. At least 60 hours of observation or work as a physical therapy aide in three different PTA clinical settings is required. Selection procedures include an interview and an admission essay, and applicants must be certified in CPR.

Contact details
Charlene Portee – Instructor and Program Director

Darton College
2400 Gillionville Road
Albany, GA 31707

Darton’s PTA program, offered by its Allied Health Division, starts in the fall and applications must be submitted by June 1. Candidates must have completed at least 40 hours volunteer/work experience in one or more PT settings, and they must also submit handwritten essay explaining their choice of career and at least one recommendation testimonial from a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. The college recommends that applicants complete all prerequisite coursework before admission, although candidates with no more than three classes remaining may also apply. Academic classes normally take place Mondays through Thursdays, with some Friday classes, and clinical rotations occur Mondays to Fridays — but these times may vary.

Contact details
Kerri Johnson – Program Director

South University
709 Mall Boulevard
Savannah, GA 31406

South University’s program at its Savannah campus requires 110 credit hours, 36 of which are devoted to prerequisite courses in mathematics and science (anatomy and physiology and a math elective), humanities (composition, literature and public speaking), and social sciences (medical terminology). Completion of these courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and at least grade B in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, is required in order to progress to the professional core program (74 credit hours), and students must also do at least 25 hours of observation or volunteer/work experience in a PT facility. Academic courses take place in the evening, and the full-time clinical rotations, which are an integral part of the program, take place offsite

Contact details
Dr. Kenneth Amsler – Program Director

In order to practice in the state, students graduating from physical therapy assistant schools in Georgia must be licensed. Full details of requirements for licensure can be found by visiting the website of the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy.

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