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Physical Therapist Assistant

Find your calling by helping others

Physical therapy is one of the fastest growing career fields among allied health professions with one of the highest rates of satisfaction. High salaries, multiple practice settings, and opportunities for professional advancement make the field an attractive one. A movement science lab provides students with a hands-on education in TCC’s nationally accredited physical therapist assistant program. And the demanding curriculum will prepare you for a broad range of career opportunities — from acute care hospitals to public schools.

Concerns From the General Public:
Members of the general public can express a concern or register a complaint regarding the PTA program or its graduates to the Dean of Health Professions via email to The program/Division office will document and keep all complaints on file.
Accreditation concerns should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) at

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Virginia Beach Campus
Associate of Applied Science - Physical Therapist Assistant

TCC’s nationally accredited physical therapist assistant program includes three clinical rotations and qualifies graduates to sit for the national licensing exam, administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Studies include: kinesiology, pathological conditions, therapeutic interventions, and orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Tidewater Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education(CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 757-822-7251 or email


Admission to the physical therapist assistant program requires a separate application in addition to general admission to the college.

To qualify for this competitive program, you will need to complete and submit your application by April 15, 2022 for fall admission.

Applicants must also attend an information session, which is held the third Thursday of each month (except December) at 4:00 p.m. in the Regional Health Professions Center on the Virginia Beach Campus.

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the physical therapist assistant program.

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Almost every student is employed before completing the program. TCC has a 100% pass rate the last two years for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy licensure exam.

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This program prepares students to sit for professional exams and/or apply for professional licensure that is required for employment in the related occupation in Virginia. If you live or move outside of Virginia, you must consult with the program lead to confirm whether the program will meet your state’s requirements prior to enrolling in courses. Visit this website to learn more.

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Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:
  • enjoy working with people
  • have the physical strength to transport, move or lift patients
  • don't mind working on your feet