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Application Deadline: May 6, 2016 by 4:00 pm

Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.

The PTA program is a structured 1 + 1 format requiring all applicants to complete all of the prerequisite courses prior to acceptance into the on-campus programs. This means that it takes approximately one academic year of specific college prerequisite courses, taken at FVCC or an accredited college of choice, followed by one year of technical coursework. The technical education courses are designed to facilitate the development of clinical decision making skills, psychomotor skills and values-based behaviors required to work under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. The technical education portion of the program includes lecture, laboratory and clinical experiences to ensure students gain not only the knowledge, but are also able to develop the skills necessary to function in a variety of physical therapy care settings under the direction of a physical therapist.  Upon successful completion of an accredited PTA program, the graduate PTA will be eligible to take the licensure exam approved by the MT Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

A new class of PTA students begins each year in August.


Janice HeilJulie Roberston
Instructor/Program DirectorInstructor/ACCE
BC 123-BBC 123-A
(406) 756-3373(406) 756-3620

For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a technically educated health care provider who works under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. The PTA performs duties and carries out treatment plans as directed by the physical therapist. Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, along with training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers. They may also provide therapeutic massage and the use of physical agents, electrotherapy and patient education.
The work involved in physical therapy includes physical activity such as bending, lifting patients, and prolonged standing and walking. PTAs utilize various rehabilitative techniques to help patients whose abilities have been impaired by an accident, injury, illness, disease or other health-related conditions that limit movement and functional abilities. PTAs work in a variety of settings including acute care and rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient facilities, school systems, nursing homes, home health and sports medicine clinics. The PTA is an important member of the dynamic rehabilitation team and will interact with other health care providers including occupational therapists and assistants, nurses, speech pathologists, and physicians.

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FVCC’S PTA program’s mission is to graduate qualified entry level PTA’s who function under the direction and supervision of a licensed PT. Graduates will ensure excellence in patient care by demonstrating competence, critical thinking and compassion. Faculty and graduates will be committed to promoting the health and wellness of local and surrounding communities by demonstrating safe and ethical practice, social responsibility and a personal commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning.