Physical Therapist Assistant

Revised 2021 PTA Application Packet

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is an educated, skilled, and licensed health care worker.  Under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, PTAs help people of all ages with health conditions that limit their ability to move and perform activities in their daily lives. PTAs treat persons with a disabling conditions such as arthritis or head injury, individuals recovering from surgery or a sports injury, and accident victims.  PTAs help clients to exercise, learn to use crutches or other devices, and provide electrical stimulation, ultrasound, traction, or other treatments.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Calhoun 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 256-260-2439 or email

The physical therapist assistant program at Calhoun Community College meets the state education requirements for a physical therapist assistant license in the state of Alabama. The College has not determined if the PTA program at Calhoun Community College meets that state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Information Sessions:


In-person, on-campus information sessions have been cancelled in the interest of public safety due to the ongoing COVID pandemic.

Interested persons may instead view a 45 minute PTA Program Informational Video which discusses the program and the application process.  Persons applying to the program in 2021 may earn application points by completing a 10-question post-video quiz.  The quiz is found on page 12 of the 2021 PTA Application Packet.  The completed quiz should be submitted in the application packet.

PTA Program Informational Video



Comments regarding the Calhoun Community College PTA Program are welcomed and encouraged. Please share your feedback, suggestions, or complaints about the program by communicating them to either of the individuals listed below. We appreciate your time and ask that you leave a telephone number where you may be reached.

For More Information

Dr. Heather MacKrell
PTA Program Director
Tiffany Bain
PTA Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
Barbara Bozeman
Health Instructional Coordinator
Bret McGill
Dean for the Health Sciences Division

Physical Therapist Assistant Careers

PTAs work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, and other settings.  Employment of PTAs is projected to grow 30% from 2016 to 2026 as demand for physical therapy is increasing due to the healthcare needs of an aging population and individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

Check out career data based on the programs below:

AAS Physical Therapist Assistant