The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a skilled technical health care provider who works within a physical therapy service. Under the direction of a Physical Therapist, the PTA performs beneficial physical therapy procedures and related tasks to help people of all ages.
Carroll’s 1½-year PTA program prepares you to pass the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination and obtain your license to work. Over the last two years, our PTA program has had a 100% graduation rate and 98% first-time pass rate on the licensure examination, higher than any other PTA program in the state.*
One of the most appealing aspects of being a PTA is that you are never limited in what you can do. Since you graduate as a generalist, you could work in a wide variety of clinical settings, and have the opportunity to provide services to a diverse patient population. There is also an unlimited selection of continuing education courses to specialize or sample other areas of interest. The APTA offers Advance Proficiency Pathways for PTAs to gain recognition for your skills.
The Carroll Community College Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org
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Upon successful completion of the PTA program, you may apply to the State of Maryland for a PTA license and permission to take the exam. The exam is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Examiners (FSBPT) at local testing sites. Students who pass the National Licensure Exam may then apply to other states for licensure without taking the exam again.
The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners may deny a license to an applicant who has been convicted of or pleads nolo contendre to a crime involving moral turpitude, whether or not any appeal or other proceeding is pending to have the plea set aside. If prospective students have questions regarding this, they should contact the PT Board of Examiners directly.
You can contact the PTA program by calling 410-386-8259 or by emailing Sharon Reid.
“As an alumna and current instructor within the program, it is easy to attest to the validity and credibility of such a dedicated faculty in preparing students for future success as a practicing Physical Therapist Assistant. Faculty continue to look at current research and best practices to provide students with a challenging, high quality, functional education and strive to develop critical thinking skills in every student so that, no matter what limitation or dysfunction is present in a patient, our graduates have the skills to provide patients with an optimal outcome.” –Sarah Licharowicz, ATC, PTA, faculty member and alumna of the PTA program at Carroll Community College
“As an alumna and current instructor within the program, it is easy to attest to the validity and credibility of such a dedicated faculty in preparing students for future success as a practicing Physical Therapist Assistant. Faculty continue to look at current research and best practices to provide students with a challenging, high quality, functional education and strive to develop critical thinking skills in every student so that, no matter what limitation or dysfunction is present in a patient, our graduates have the skills to provide patients with an optimal outcome.”
–Sarah Licharowicz, ATC, PTA, faculty member and alumna of the PTA program at Carroll Community College
*Gardner, K. Aggregate Program Data. Retrieved from http://www.capteonline.org/resources/
Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials as well as for their teaching abilities.
Mark Dintino graduated from Physical Therapy
school at the University of Maryland in 1991. He worked in various outpatient
orthopedic clinics prior to joining the faculty at Carroll Community College in
1997. Mr. Dintino teaches Clinical Science 1 & 2, Neuroanatomy and
Physiology as well as Modalities. He values the quality of student that the PTA
program attracts and enjoys being part of the transformation of the student into
a dynamic critical thinking member of the healthcare team.
Sharon Reid is the Director and Academic Clinical
Coordinator of the Carroll’s PTA program, supervising all students working in
the clinic. Prior to joining the faculty in 1998, she graduated from University
of Maryland PT School and has worked in a variety of settings, including acute rehabilitation,
skilled nursing and outpatient. She appreciates facilitating the transformation
of students entering the program into professional clinicians.
an assistant professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. She
graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Kinesiology
and earned certification as an Athletic Trainer in 2003. She is an alumna of
Carroll’s PTA program and holds dual state licensure as a Physical Therapist
Assistant in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. Ms. Licharowicz continues to
provide rehabilitative services in both outpatient and inpatient clinical
settings in addition to her role as faculty.
She enjoys interacting with students to develop the skills necessary to be successful
in rehabilitation and works closely with other faculty members in both the PTA
program and associated health professions to provide unique learning
opportunities for students.
Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.
Carroll offers an exceptional education at an extraordinary value. Carroll’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program consists of 18 months of classroom, laboratory and clinical placements.
The program is 60 credits. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for the latest rates.
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Physical Therapy is one of the fastest growing allied health sectors according to the United States Department of Labor. The demand for Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) continues to increase, especially as the rapidly aging population faces chronic illness, disabilities and limited physical mobility.
PTAs, under the supervision of the Physical Therapist, may provide rehabilitation services to athletes, children, older adults and post-surgical, neurological and orthopedic patients. Median annual salary, dependent on setting, ranges from $47,000 to $52,000.* PTAs who have worked in the field for several years can move into supervisory clinician positions.
Over the last five years, 100% of Carroll PTA graduates who sought employment were employed within 6 months of graduation. Many students have employment offers prior to graduation, usually from their clinical settings. The Carroll Physical Therapist Assistant Program has a Facebook page where the Program and graduates post opportunities. Additionally, the college has a listserv which lists all the jobs submitted by employers.
Students intending to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree should take ENGL-102 for the Arts and Humanities or English Literature course choice. Certain Physical Therapist Assistant courses may not be transferable.
Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
A class of 26 students is accepted into the PTA program for the fall semester. Applications are processed from Jan. 1 to May 1 each year. While the actual number of students who apply each year varies, if more than 26 students apply then a ranking procedure is used.
First, all student must apply and be accepted to Carroll Community College and submit an official transcript to the records office.
Complete a PTA Program Admission application form, a Clinical Facility Experience Documentation Form, and two Recommendation Forms, and submit them prior to May 1 of the year you wish to be admitted.
Successfully complete the following courses prior to the Fall Term for which you are applying. All courses must be passed with a grade C or better. Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II ( BIOL-210 and BIOL-211) completed within the last five years. Fundamentals of Biology BIOL-101 College level mathematics (3-5 credit course; Statistics preferred) College Writing ENGL-101.
Due to the intensity of the program, PTA applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all general education prerequisites prior to applying to the program.
Complete 75 hours of observation, volunteer, patient time or paid clinical experience in a physical therapy facility under the supervision of a Physical Therapist or PTA. The program strongly recommends that these hours be performed in multiple settings (see clinical hours form and ranking procedure).
Provide at least two recommendations using the forms provided.
Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. Certified mid-term grades on college letterhead or by verifiable email sent to the program director are acceptable until final transcripts are available.
If you are currently a PT/Rehab aide or tech, provide employment verification on your employer's letterhead.
All qualified applicants will be ranking according to the ranking scale.
Once the applications are reviewed and ranked, the top scoring applicants are chosen to move to the second step of the application process. Historically it has been the top 50% of ranked candidates who are interviewed. Students who are chosen for the interview are notified. The score for the interview is the average score of the interviewers.
Admission to Carroll's PTA program is very competitive. For information regarding the program and its requirements, or if you have extensive education or experience, please contact the Program Director at 410-386-8259.
If there are more than 26 qualified applicants to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, a points based ranking procedure is used. The admission process awards points to students who complete Carroll's application process and the PTA application process.
All students are notified prior to the end of May. The highest ranking students are required to complete an interview.
If any of the original accepted students decline their seats in the program or fail to meet their spring or summer course requirements, the next eligible student on the waiting list is notified.
Once grades have been posted in May or after summer sessions, official transcripts must be submitted to the PTA Program. Any student, who drops a course or fails to earn a “C” or better, is not admitted.
Transfer courses with grades are included and are assigned quality points based on the letter grade. Transfer credits earned without a letter grade (CLEP, AP, military evaluation, Challenge examination) are not assigned quality points.
The program accepts 26 students each year.
A minimum grade of C is required in all
pre-clinical courses. Admission to the program is required before taking PTA
courses. All General Education requirements must be completed prior to or
concurrently with PTA-231. In recognition of the intensity of the program
requirements, most PTA students choose to complete all non-PTA coursework prior
to the beginning of the program. Program graduation requirements are subject to
For more details about admission
requirements, see Admissions tab.
The Financial Aid Office assists
eligible students with meeting their college expenses. Financial assistance is
provided through scholarships, grants and employment opportunities. Additionally, the Physical Therapist
Assistant program occasionally provides information from outside sources
regarding specialized financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
The average student age over the past several years has been between 22 and 30. However, 12% of our class is 46 years of age or older. Most of our students have families, and many have worked in different fields prior to entering the program. Students from varied personal and professional backgrounds have found success within our program. The most important factor in determining success in Carroll’s PTA program and, ultimately, as a Physical Therapist Assistant is a desire for life-long learning and a strong motivation to help people.
* One person failed the exam in both 2017 and in 2018.
98% who enter, graduate
85% of those who left were dismissed for academic reasons
Remaining students chose to leave for family, money, personal reasons and may have "stopped out" because of pregnancy or military placement.
The clinical portion of the program takes 18 months to complete. This portion of the program includes all PTA didactic, laboratory and clinical coursework. Carroll's three clinical affiliations provide specific experiences at three different levels.
You must provide your own transportation to each clinical site. While the program attempts to keep you close to home for at least two of the affiliations, travel may be up to ninety minutes.
If you know of a practice or hospital where you would like to conduct your clinical(s) the academic clinical coordinator can arrange for the setting to sign a contract with the college. However, you are not permitted to complete your clinicals where you have been employed. For more information, contact the Program Director, Sharon Reid, at 410-386-8259 or email@example.com.
We welcome input from all communities in our effort to enhance Carroll's Physical Therapist Assistant program. As such, any community member may comment or critique Carroll's PTA program and the program's students and graduates. Those who are not a Carroll student, faculty or clinical educator should utilize the following procedures.
Complaints which fall outside of the Formal Complaint process or the Code of Integrity should also utilize the following procedures.
Comments must be provided in writing and signed by the author. Anonymous submissions nor written comments provided on behalf of an anonymous source will not be acknowledged.
Comments must be submitted to: Carroll Community CollegePTA Program Director1601 Washington RoadWestminster, MD 21257
The PTA Program Director responds to all comments within seven days to further discuss and resolve the issue. If satisfactory resolution cannot be reached, appeal may be made to the Division Chair of Allied Health within seven days. If satisfactory resolution still is not reached, appeal may be made to the Office of the President within seven days. The decision of the President will be final and not subject to further appeal.
Records of all correspondence are maintained by the Program Director for two years.
The Physical Therapist Assistant is a
skilled clinician who works in a variety of clinical settings under the
direction of a physical therapist. A PTA
uses advanced techniques to help people of all ages. The PTA program at Carroll includes
campus-based and clinical experiences. Graduates are well-prepared to sit for
the licensure examination.
Upon successful completion of this
program, students will be able to: