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The Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a “one plus one” program and requires the successful completion of two semesters of general education prerequisite coursework followed by application and acceptance to the technical phase of the Program.  The technical phase of the Program involves three consecutive semesters of physical therapy-related coursework in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.  Students are introduced to the concepts, theories, skills and principles related to physical therapy in the classroom and laboratory settings, and progressively exposed to the clinical setting in which their newly acquired knowledge, skills and behaviors are practiced with real patients under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist and/or Physical Therapist Assistant.

Upon successful completion of the curricular requirements of LBWCC, graduates will receive an Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant, and upon meeting the expectations and requirements of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.

Working as a licensed PTA is a challenging and rewarding profession.  We are delighted that you have chosen PTA as your educational goal.  The PTA faculty will challenge you academically and personally in order to prepare you to assume the inherent ethical responsibilities of the profession and to become a clinically competent, productive member of the healthcare team.    

Applications for the 2023-2024 PTA Program will be available August 17, 2022 and will be accepted from January 9, 2023 to March 2, 2023 at 5:00 PM.  Please contact your advisor or PTA faculty with any questions related to the PTA Program application process or requirements.   PTA Program Application Download   Information Session Registration is located in News and Events.

CAPTE Accreditation Statement

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lurleen B. Wallace 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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.orgIf needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (334) 382-2133 Ext. 3212 or email tdougherty@lbwcc.edu.