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phsycial-therapist-assistantEarning a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant opens the door to an exciting and rewarding career helping others, while developing personal and professional skills that will last a lifetime. Germanna Community College is pleased to have launched a Physical Therapist Assistant program, contained within the Division of Nursing and Health Technologies, at the Locust Grove Campus.


A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) provides care under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist to restore function to individuals affected by physical impairments, dysfunction and disabilities. Services are provided across a wide spectrum of settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, outpatient clinics, and schools, and across the age continuum from infants to the elderly. This dynamic and in-demand profession is well-suited to students with strong academic abilities and the desire to make a difference in the lives of others. 

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is the professional organization for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. The Careers page at provides excellent information about the profession and educational requirements.