Physical Therapist Assistant

The PTA Information Session scheduled for March 17, 2020 is cancelled.

Students wishing to qualify for application points are offered an alternative. Download, print, and answer the 10 question PTA Program Information Sheet. Include the completed form in your 2020 PTA Application Packet.

The PTA Program is aware of the current difficulty in obtaining Observation Hours. Consideration will be given to applicants without the required 24 hours of physical therapy observation. Applicants should include documentation of completed hours in their application packet.

PTA Application Packet

NOTICE: The PTA application deadline date has been extended to April 28, 2020. See the application above for further information.

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

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Information Sessions:

No events at this time

Information Sessions are conducted by PTA program faculty from 4-5 PM in room 109 of the Health Sciences Building, Decatur campus.  Reservations are not needed.  Any persons interested in the program are welcome to attend.


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