Expectations for PTA Applicants

  • Ability to self evaluate and make changes necessary to succeed as a PTA. 
  • Ability to recognize own limitations in regards to studying and performing tasks required for PTA. 
  • Physical skills such as: bending, kneeling, crouching, reaching, lifting, pulling, walking, coordinated movement with some quickness, and moving persons/objects from one location to another. 
  • Mental skills such as: listening, visual assessment, emotional stability, palpation assessment (touch), smell recognition, verbal and non-verbal communication to clients and peers, and clear written communication skills. 
  • Ability to be efficient with your time and prioritize course work and clinical work so as to complete tasks on time. 
  • Ability to separate personal and professional lives. 
  • Ability to recognize others reactions to your speech, actions, or physical being. 
  • Ability to think and problem solve in a short period of time to keep clients safe and secure. 
  • Ability to give and accept feedback non-defensively; then make changes based on this feedback. 
  • Ability to exercise and model wellness and fitness to peers and clients. 
  • Ability to word process on a computer, navigate the Internet, utilize email and mail to instructors and peers. 
  • Ability to cooperate and coordinate with other workers to complete tasks in a timely manner. 



Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Colby Community College is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Address: 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Tel: 703.706.3245    Email: accreditation@apta.org   Website: www.capteonline.org