Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Accrediting Body

SouthArk’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program combines a strong general education core with theoretical and applied learning experiences required for PTA education. The PTA Program is a 1 + 1 format. Students must successfully complete 32 semester hours of prerequisite courses prior to application to the PTA Program.

The technical phase of the PTA training consists of three (3) consecutive semesters of full-time, day-time studies including both classroom studies and clinical internships (30-40 hours/week). In-program technical studies begin in the summer semester and conclude the following spring semester.

Enrollment in the technical component of training is limited to 20 students (admissions criteria are available in the PTA Program offices, rooms 250 and 252 Health Science Center, and are located under "Qualifications for Admission" at this website).

Students successfully completing the PTA Program course of studies will be awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the national licensure examination.

The PTA Program at South Arkansas Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-706-3245, email: accreditation (at) apta.org, website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Initial accreditation was granted in May 2000 and reaccreditation was granted April 2006. Effective May 4, 2016, CAPTE reaffirmed accreditation for SouthArk’s PTA Program. The most recent accreditation status is in effect until June 30, 2026.

Individuals who wish to file a complaint with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) may do so at 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, telephone: 1-703-706-3245); email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; website: www.capteonline.org.

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