PTA Credentialing & Links

Accreditation:  The American Physical Therapy Association recommends that physical therapist assistant (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:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 731-424-3520, ext. 50214 or email   

Current Accreditation Status:  Accredited

Initial Accreditation Date:  04/1992

Next CAPTE On-site Review:  Fall 2026

For information about filing a complaint with CAPTE:

Complaints:  In addition to the CAPTE complaint process linked above, the following college and program policies and procedures pertaining to  submitting a complaint are as follows.  The Student Grievance Policy and Procedure can be noted in the College Catalog and Student Handbook and at  Students are encouraged follow the prescribed procedures (due process) if they feel that they have been subjected to unfair treatment by other students or college employees.  Complaints from other parties (outside of due process) should be directly reported to the PTA Program Director (   

Licensure:  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.  For more information on the requirements for PTA licensure please go to the Board's website.   

NPTE:  Upon successful completion of JSCC's PTA program, graduates 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.  For more information on this examination please see the Exam Candidate page of the Federation's website.    

Other Information Sources and Links:

Tennessee Physical Therapy Association - State physical therapy professional association

American Physical Therapy Association - National physical therapy professional association

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

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

US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Fastest Growing Occupations, 2014 Report

U.S. Department of Labor 2015 Report - U.S. Department of Labor's Occupation Employment and Wages Report 2015

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