Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Overview

The practice of physical therapy is an integral component of health care. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants strive to promote functional independence, with the overall goal of helping individuals to achieve maximum potential as members of society.

Physical therapy is the health profession dedicated to rehabilitation or prevention of disability, injury and disease specifically related to movement and function of the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems of the human body. Physical therapists work with people of all ages and acute and chronic conditions, to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate and eliminate pain, physical impairments, functional limitations and disabilities.

More information can be obtained from the American Physical Therapy Association or from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.


Prospective applicants should be aware of the following:

  • The courses to be completed for the degree will vary based on the student’s preferred area of study which is referred to as the “pathway” for the career program of choice. Therefore, it is important to meet with an adviser to map out the best academic plan to achieve his or her goal. The student should first focus on taking the prerequisites required for the program for which they will be applying.
  • All career programs have a selective admissions process. This means that a seat in any program is awarded only to the top applicants. Simply meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.
  • The general education courses required for each career program are summarized in the comparison chart for all 2-year health career programs at Albany State University on the last page of the packet. 

Program Feedback

Feedback or concerns regarding the PTA Program can be addressed to the PTA Program Director, Kameron Causey and/or the Chair of the Health Science Division, Tonya Curles. Feedback or concerns against the program can be made to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The PTA Program upholds a standard of prohibition of retaliation following concern/complaint submission.

The Division of Health Sciences is responsible for the information on this page.
To inquire about the Physical Therapist Assistant program, please contact Kameron Causey.