Program Facts

Gain skills to help patients recover from injuries and illnesses, regain mobility, and manage pain.

Learn how to treat patients using a variety of techniques, including using devices and equipment and help educate patients and their families.

Complete your degree in as few as 21 months of study.*

Graduates of qualifying degree programs may be eligible to block transfer 21 credits and earn their degree sooner.

Program
Overview

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work with physical therapists (PTs) to help treat impairments in physical strength, mobility or balance resulting from injury to the musculoskeletal system, neurological disorders (e.g., stroke, arthritis) or aging.

Watching your patient walk for the first time after an auto accident brings a great feeling of personal satisfaction that can be even more exciting when shared with an entire rehabilitation team. In Concorde’s CAPTE-accredited** physical therapist assistant program, you can gain the skills you need to support patients during physical therapy programs. The program includes hands-on training and externships†, teaching therapeutic exercises, functional, mobility and ambulation training, and activities of daily living.

Block Transfer Opportunity Available

Students with degrees in kinesiology, athletic training or health sciences containing a minimum of six semester credits of anatomy & physiology may be able to block transfer 21 credits to this degree program, potentially finishing the PTA program in as few as 18 months instead of 21 months.

Students who have completed these degrees (associate or higher) may receive a block transfer of seven general education courses totaling 21 semester credits, upon transcript evaluation. The block transfer includes the following courses: BIOL 1310, BIOL 1320, ENGL 1310, COMM 1310, PSYC 1310, PSYC 1320, MATH1310 (or MATH1320). Remaining credits required to complete the program is 57. Additional courses may be available for transfer based upon review of course descriptions from the granting institution.

Physical Therapist Assistant Degree Curriculum

Our associate degree program equips you to pursue a career as a physical therapist assistant in as few as 21 months.* When you graduate, you’ll be able to serve effectively in a variety of settings supporting physical therapy treatments.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Elements of Human Communication
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Functional and Applied Anatomy
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Pathology for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Lab

*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.

**The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Concorde Career College-Memphis 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: accreditation@apta.org; Website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 901-761-9494 or email KNovak@concorde.edu

†Clinical experiences may not be paid in-person learning experiences. Duration and location may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee clinical site location/ placement, graduation, post-externship employment or salary outcomes.