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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant


Program Description:

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is a two-year program of study that prepares a physical therapist assistant to perform interventions under the direction of physical therapists (PTs) in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner. These professionals enhance the delivery of physical therapy services by performing selected data collection skills and providing selected interventions, assisting the physical therapist (PT) with data collection, communicating with other members of the health care delivery team, interacting with members of the patient’s family and caregivers, and working cooperatively with other health care providers. Physical therapist assistants participate with the PT in teaching other health care providers, documenting patient interventions, and providing psychosocial support for patients and their families and caregivers with recognition of individual, cultural, and economic differences. Upon graduation, the student is eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for licensure.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hinds Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703.706.3245; email:  accreditation@apta.org; website:  http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program directly, please call 601.376.4825 or email ptchapman@hindscc.edu.


Campus Location:

Nursing/Allied Health Center - 601.376.4807


*Note: Students may take either the lecture and lab corequisites (i.e., BIO 2511/BIO 2513) or the 4 hour course (i.e., BIO 2514).

Total: 11 SH

1st Year

2nd Year

**Completion Award: Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology 74 SH

**Additional Graduation Requirement:

  • Orientation - Any student (first-time, transfer, and part-time) who begins at Hinds Fall 2007 and later will be required to take Orientation (LLS 1312 /RST 1312 ) to graduate from the College. Exception: Orientation credit (1-3 hrs) transferred to Hinds from another college will satisfy our orientation requirement. The RST/LLS 1312 graduation requirement will be waived for CTE students who have successfully obtained the Smart Start Credential and can submit the credential prior to applying for graduation.