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  The Physical Therapist Assistant Program, located at the Forsyth Campus of Lanier Technical College, is a sequence of courses that prepares students for positions in physical therapy departments and related businesses and industries. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree, and are eligible to sit for the licensure exam to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. The exam is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. For information about beginning the Physical Therapy Assistant Program, see the Admissions links on the left side of this page.

Mission Statement
In keeping with the mission and values of Lanier Technical College and its commitment to workforce development, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lanier Technical College provides students with the skills necessary to graduate, pass licensure testing, and enter the workforce as proficient entry level Physical Therapist Assistants qualified to work in a variety of settings. Graduates of the program display leadership qualities, a commitment to life-long learning and a desire to promote health, wellness and rehabilitative services.

In realizing this mission, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will integrate the work ethics of Lanier Technical College with the Values-based Behaviors for the PTA of the American Physical Therapy Association to foster graduates with not only a competent entry level knowledge base, but also an exceptional level of professionalism and ethical behavior.

Program Goals
The Lanier Technical College PTA program trains graduates to:
• Provide safe, ethical, and competent entry level care to a diverse population in a variety of settings under the supervision of a physical therapist.
• Analyze patient care situations and choose appropriate strategies within parameters set by the physical therapist.
• Communicate verbally, non-verbally, and in writing in a professional and effective manner.
• Grow as professionals and leaders in the field through continued education, advocacy, and community involvement.

Program Objectives
• The PTA program will deliver both didactic and clinical education to meet the needs of each student in preparation for PTA practice and licensure examinations.
• The PTA program will cultivate and maintain varied clinical experiences for students.
• The PTA faculty will utilize evidence-based best practices in teaching and demonstration.
• The PTA faculty will model appropriate and effective communication skills in all interactions.
• The PTA faculty will provide learning opportunities and resources that encourage personal and professional student growth.
• The PTA program will utilize outcome measures to ensure quality.

Expected Student Outcomes
• Communicates verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, health care delivery practitioners, and others in an effective, appropriate, culturally competent and capable manner.
• Demonstrates competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
• Demonstrates competency in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care.
• Recognizes when interventions should not be provided due to changes in the patient's status and reports this to the supervising physical therapist.
• Recognizes when the direction to perform an intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for a physical therapist assistant and initiates clarification with the physical therapist.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lanier Technical College is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 678-341-6646 or email

Physical Therapist Assistant Program admission is a competitive selection process. Meeting minimum program criteria does not guarantee an applicant's acceptance into the program.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program admits students once per year at the beginning of the Spring Semester. Students must submit a completed PTA Application for Selection by a specific deadline if they want to be considered for selection to the upcoming Spring class. Please see specific admission links on the left side of this page.

Program Metrics
  Graduation Rate National Board Exam Pass Rate Employment Rate
2016 100% 93.8% 100%
2017 100% 100% 100%
2018 100% 100% 91.7%
Program Requirements  

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Significant Points [+]

  • Employment is expected to increase 46% from 2010 to 2020.
  • Physical therapist assistants work under the direction of a physical therapist.
  • All PTAs must have an associate degree from an accredited PTA program to be eligible for licensure.

  • Program Instructors [+]

      Joy Adams  
      Physical Therapist Assistant Academic Clinical Coordinator & Educator
      Forsyth Campus
      Phone: (678) 341-6646

      Dr. Jeanne Welch  Adjunct Instructor
      Adjunct Faculty
      Forsyth Campus
      Phone: na

    Nature of the Work [+]

    Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) are licensed care providers who render care under the supervision and direction of a licensed Physical Therapist (PT). PTAs treat patients who have mobility issues or difficulty with daily functional activities. PTAs perform interventions and collect data as directed by the PT such as teaching patient/client exercises, applying modalities (ice, ultrasound, heat, etc.), and training family members.

    Work Environment [+]

    PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, home health facilities, fitness centers and schools.

    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    PTAs must complete an associate degree from an accredited institution to be eligible for licensure. Graduates must pass the national examination for licensure or certification to be eligible to work in most states.

    Job Outlook [+]

    Employment change. Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 46 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services is expected to increase in response to the healthcare needs of a growing elderly population. The median annual wage of physical therapist assistants in the north Georgia non-metropolitan area earn an average of $57,770 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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