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.

Tennessee Physical Therapy Association - for state physical therapy information

Scholarship/Financial Aid Resources

American Physical Therapy Association - for national physical therapy information

Tennessee Board of Physical Therapy

PT Magazine - Advance for Physical Therapists - New Articles about the PT Field - Learn more about your PT Job

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy - for examination information

Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides - for current U.S. Department of Labor occupational outlook statistics

U.S. National Library of Medicine