Virginia Physical Therapy Assistant Training Programs and Schools

Career Information for Physical Therapist Assistants in Virginia

Physical therapy assistants (PTA) work with a physical therapist to diagnose and treat patients suffering from illness or injury that negatively impacts mobility. This work involves examining the patient to develop a treatment plan designed to improve mobility, promote healing and wellness, reduce pain, or all of the above. The PTA also works with his or her patients to implement lifestyle changes to help avoid future issues and health problems.

Virginia Physical Therapy Assistant Schools

In order to receive a license to work as a PTA, you must complete a two-year, college level program for physical therapy assistants. Here are some examples of PTA schools in Virginia:

  • Northern Virginia Community College: This school offers a Physical Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program open to all students over age 18 that pass the placement test.
  • Wytheville Community College: This school's PTA program, which awards graduates with an AAS, is approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • South University Richmond: Graduates of this school's PTA program receive an AAS degree. The program is CAPTE-approved.
  • Jefferson College of Health Sciences: This school offers an AAS program in Physical Therapy Assistant where students move from classroom to lab to a clinical setting.
  • Riverside: To enroll in the AAS, CAPTE-approved program for Physical Therapy Assistants at this school, students must complete, and pass, prerequisite coursework.

What to Expect from Virginia Physical Therapy Assistant Programs

Since a career as a physical therapy assistant requires a two-year degree rather than certification, expect to complete "core" classes, such as English, Math, and Psychology. Each school offering a PTA program has prerequisites in these subjects, as well as medical terminology and physiology.

Common PTA courses include:

  • Musculoskeletal function and structure
  • Therapeutic procedures
  • Rehabilitation procedures
  • Clinical education
  • Cooperative education

Virginia Physical Therapy Assistant License

The state of Virginia requires all physical therapy assistants to obtain a license. In addition, you must complete a two-year college-level program, pass Board examination, and be over the age of 18. Here are some other things to keep in mind if you're pursuing your license in this state:

  • If you previously worked as a licensed PTA, you may obtain a Virginia license by endorsement.
  • Licenses remain on file for one year and then must be reapplied for, with appropriate fees submitted.
  • Virginia allows trainee program participants to obtain a PTA license if they complete 1,000 training hours in an approved facility, with only three trainees per licensed physical therapist.
  • To renew your license each year, you must complete 30 Continuing Education hours, plus a minimum of 160 hours of active practice.
  • Active duty military personnel who miss their renewal deadline due to deployment have 60 days to renew upon return to the United States. Provide a copy of Form DD214.

Resources for Physical Therapy Assistants in Virginia

To keep track of licensing requirements, developments in the industry, and more, check out the following resources for a physical therapy assistant.


  1. Board of Physical Therapy Frequently Asked Questions, Virginia.gov, https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/PhysicalTherapy/pt_faq.htm#Verification, accessed September 17, 2016
  2. Welcome to CAPTE, http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx, accessed September 17, 2016
  3. Role of a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), APTA, http://www.apta.org/PTACareers/RoleofaPTA/, accessed September 17, 2016

Schools for Physical Therapist Assistants in Virginia are listed below.

Selected Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Virginia

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South University
Glen Allen, Virginia Beach

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  • Programs: Occupational Therapy Assistant (AS)
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Centura College
Chesapeake, Newport News, Virginia Beach

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More Virginia Physical Therapy Assistant Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Jefferson College of Health Sciences Roanoke Masters 971
John Tyler Community College Chester Associate 8,082
Josef's School of Hair Design Richmond Associate 12,557
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Associate 41,266
Southwest Virginia Community College Richlands Associate 3,716
Tidewater Community College Norfolk Associate 25,857
Wytheville Community College Wytheville Associate 3,072

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Physical Therapist Assistants

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Virginia. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Physical Therapist Assistants

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Physical Therapist Assistants relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Blacksburg 60 $56430 1.4
Christiansburg 60 $56430 1.4
Radford 60 $56430 1.4
Harrisonburg 60 $57730 1.64
Charlottesville 30 $48770 0.49
Richmond 400 $38580 1.11
Roanoke 120 $56740 1.39
Lynchburg 60 $62020 0.97
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