Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession that helps people improve mobility, relieve pain, prevent or limit permanent physical disability and promote overall fitness and wellness.

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more.

Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation

To work as a PTA, an individual must graduate with an associate degree (two years, five semesters) from an accredited PTA program. Graduates must pass the national examination for licensing to be eligible to work.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 704-216-7180 or email Anna Marie Prado, PTA Program Director at

Program Costs

Physical Therapist Assistant program estimated costs are listed below. Tuition is based on in-state residency. Out-of-state residency tuition can be found in the college catalog. PTA Student Financial Factsheet – 2023

Expense Cost
Tuition $5,624 ($76 per credit)
Textbooks $2,070 per program
Lab Fee (including NPTE test prep course fees, liability insurance, NPTE fees, PTA polo shirts, Clinical Management System, APTA membership dues, Castle Branch fees, etc.)

$1,550 ($310 per semester)

Admissions – TEAS ATI $120
Student Activity Fee $151
Technology Fee $180
Campus Access Fee $100
Graduation Fee $50
Total $9,845

Revised September 2023

Program Outcomes
2022 2023 2-year
Graduation Rate* 77.8% 54.5% 69%
Licensure Exam
Pass Rate
93% 100% 95%
Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%
Employment Rate** 100% Not Yet Available 100%

* Graduation Rate: The percentage of students who are matriculated in the first technical course in the program after the add/drop period and who complete the program. The graduation rate does not reflect withdrawal from the program for non-academic or personal reasons.
Employment rate: Employment rate is based on employment within 12 months of graduation.

Program Chair
Anna Marie Prado

Anna Marie Prado


North Campus

Karey Martin
Director of Clinical Education
North Campus

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, PTAs have an average salary of $61,090 in the state of North Carolina as of May 2020.

Employment of PTAs is projected to grow 21 percent from 2018 to 2028 in North Carolina.