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.