Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is set to launch its Physical Therapist Assistant cohort (PTA). The program is still in the candidacy process but applications are currently being accepted. The PTA application is a multi-step application process which requires students to receive 20 observation hours before submitting the application. Due to the multi-step application process, the application period has been extended until Friday, May 10.

The college began laying the foundation for the new program in 2016 when the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission provided the college with a nearly $95,000 grant to offset the program’s startup costs, according to sources.

After facing several scheduling set-backs, the college is in the last stages of the candidacy process. Once approved, this PTA program will become the first of its kind to be offered in the area.

“We are so excited to begin accepting applicants,” says the program director Julie Martin. “I have spoken with so many students who have been waiting for a physical therapist assistant program. Now, these students won’t have to leave the area to pursue their chosen career.”

Several area PTA employers have already expressed interest in partnering with the new program and will likely be willing to provide job shadowing opportunities, internships, and job interviews.

Students who are interested in applying can find the application and the requirements at www.patrickhenry.edu/physical-therapy-assist or for more information contact Julie Martin at jmartin@patrickhenry.edu or call (276) 656-0288.