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Why choose Physical Therapist Assistant at PPCC?


Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a 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
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home health
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools
  • Sports facilities
  • And more

PTAs must complete a 2-year associate of science degree and are licensed in most states. 

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
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • And the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.


Program Information

Graduation from a physical therapist [assistant] education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave. Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Pikes Peak Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2021. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional/technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional/technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Prerequisites For the PTA Program

Focuses on an integrated study of the human body including the histology, anatomy and physiology of each system. Examines molecular, cellular, and tissue levels of organization plus integuments, skeletal, articulations, muscular and nervous systems. Includes a mandatory hands-on laboratory experience covering microscopy, observations and dissection. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence. Prerequisite: BIO 111 (Grade of C or higher), Biology Placement Test with a score of 70 or higher, or permission of Department Chair or Advisor
Focuses on mechanics, heat, properties of matter, electricity and magnetism, light and modern physics. Incorporates laboratory experience. Prerequisite: CCR 092, MAT 050
Introduces the student to the structure of medical terms with emphasis on using and combining the most common prefixes, roots and suffixes. Includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, psychiatry, as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures and imaging. Class structure provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the healthcare setting
Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Prerequisite: Next Gen Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 265, SAT 500, or MAT 050 (Grade of C or higher), or MAT 087 or concurrent enrollment Note: Next Gen Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 265-264 may be advised into MAT 107 and must be taken concurrently with MAT 091 or MAT 087

FAQ for Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program

When can I enroll in classes?

The PTA program is currently in pre-accreditation process.  We will put our our application to enroll students December 1st, 2021.  If we are approved for candidacy, we can enroll 20  students in the Spring of 2022 with a start date of the first class the Summer of 2022.  There will be an application process to enter the program once we are approved. 


What campus will the program be located?

The program will be located and the Center for Health Education and Simulation (CHES):

1850 Cypress Semi Dr, Colorado Springs, CO. 80921.


What does a PTA do?

Physical therapist assistants provide physical therapist services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs implement components of patient care, obtain data related to the treatments provided, and collaborate with the PT to modify care as necessary.


Do I have to take the prerequisites before I apply?

The prerequisites are not required prior to entry the program but it is recommended completing them prior to application. Completing and passing those courses prior will increase your application score.  However, the courses will be offered in the Summer of the starting year of the program.  If you do not pass the course, you will have to apply again the next year and be disenrolled in the program.


Are there any physical requirements for the PTA program?

Sit 2-5 hours per day with lecture blocks up to 3 hours.

Stand 1-6 hours with lab time blocks up to 3 hours.

Lift up to 60 pounds.

Push/pull up to 50 pounds of force exerted at waist level.
Squat or stoop.

Use auditory, tactile, and visual senses to assess physiological status of an

Demonstrate good standing and unsupported sitting balance.

Demonstrate good finger dexterity

Coordinate verbal and manual instructions

Communicate effectively with a variety of people through written
verbal, and nonverbal methods.

Use hands repetitively

Shift weight in sitting or standing

Demonstrate the ability to use a firm grasp while using physical
therapy equipment and while performing physical therapy

Reach above shoulder level.

Kneel, kneel-stand, and half kneel.

Use equipment that emits electrical, ultrasonic, and thermal energy.

Physically move and transfer patients


Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will be able to:
Work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and
professional manner. 

Implement a comprehensive treatment plan developed by a physical therapist
promoting optimal outcomes for patients.

Recognize the relationship between concepts learned from liberal arts and basic
science coursework and physical therapy knowledge and skills.

Demonstrate effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication in a culturally
competent manner with patients and their families, colleagues, other health care
providers, and the public.

Interact skillfully with patients across the life span.

Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and life-long learning

Get started in Physical Therapist Assistant

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American Physical Therapy Association

Learn more about Physical Therapist Assistant Career and the Field of Physical Therapy

More Information

PTA Faculty Contact

Dr. Joseph Miller, PT, DSc, OCS, SCS, CSCS


Contact PTA Program

Complaints regarding the program should be first addressed to the PTA Program Director.

  • Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Director should be directed to the Dean of Heath, Wellness, and Public Safety.
  • All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility.
  • No retaliation will occur to the individual filing the complaint by the PTA Program or by the college.

Complaints regarding accreditation issues regarding the program should be addressed to the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This Commission is located at 3030 Potomac Ave. Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314