PTA Credentialing & Links

The American Physical Therapy Association recommends that PTA education be obtained from an accredited program in physical therapy education. The PTA Program at JSCC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone:  703-706-3245; email:; website:

PTAs must be licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health in order to practice physical therapy in this state (this is true in most other states, as well).  The Board of Physical Therapy, an office in the Division of Health Related Boards of the Department of Health, is charged with the licensure and regulation of PTAs in Tennessee.  The link for this office can be noted below.
Upon successful completion of JSCC's PTA program, students are eligible for the National Physical Therapy Examination that is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).  This national examination is a part of the evaluation process used by the Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy in order to ensure a licensure candidate’s entry level competency.   The FSBPT's web pages may be accessed at the link below.

Scholarship/Financial Aid Resources

Physical Therapy Workforce information - APTA career and workforce information for students

U.S. Department of Labor 2014 Report - U.S. Department of Labor's Fastest Growing Occupations Report 2014

Occupational Outlook Handbook (PTA) - Bureau of Labor Statistics information about the PTA occupation

Tennessee Physical Therapy Association - State physical therapy professional association

American Physical Therapy Association - National physical therapy professional association

Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy - Licensing board for physical therapy in Tennessee, a division of the Tennessee Department of Health's Health Professional Boards

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy - Testing agency for national licensing examination for PTAs

PT in Motion - News Articles from the APTA about the field of physical therapy