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Physical Therapist Assistant

Are you interested in helping people of all ages and walks of life - from toddlers to grandparents and athletes to construction workers - recover from injuries? Do you enjoy teaching people about what they can do to strengthen their bodies? If you're looking for a career that offers you the flexibility to work in a variety of settings, a career as a physical therapist assistant may be your calling. Let Allegany College of Maryland's Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepare you for your future career.


Physical Therapist working on PatientPhysical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide patient care and treatment under the supervision of a physical therapist. The PTAs carry out the treatment programs created by physical therapists, train patients in exercise and the activities of daily living, and utilize specialized rehabilitative equipment according to the plan of care. PTAs works closely with physical therapists through ongoing communications about patients and their plans of care. Additionally, PTAs may also apply various methods of therapy for pain control and muscle re-education, instruct patients in the use of adaptive equipment, educate patients and family members in the safe performance of various activities of daily living (ADLs), and utilize hands-on skills to assist patients to move, walk, or perform a variety of daily functional activities.

The ACM Physical Therapist Assistant program is designated as a Health Manpower Shortage Program by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

For additional information including Allegany College of Maryland PTA Program outcomes, please visit the CAPTE Website. More information regarding the National Licensing Examination can be viewed on The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Board of Physical Therapy Examiners website.

Our Physical Therapist Assistant program at Allegany College of Maryland is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 301-784-5538 or email

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Course Info
As a Physical Therapist Assistant program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses.

Our PTA program is considered a 1+1 model. In this model, General Education Courses/ (Phase I) can be completed in as little as one or as long as five years, and then applied to the PTA Clinical Phase (Phase II). This 1+1 model offers flexibility for non-traditional students wishing to complete the General Education Courses over a period of time. It is also an excellent option for students who hold a bachelor's degree in related fields such as athletic training and exercise physiology and wish to work as a PTA.  


Topics covered in Phase II include:

  • The roles of a physical therapist and physical therapist assistant.
  • Structure and organization of the health care system in general and as it relates to PTA.
  • Basic medical terminology
  • Signs, symptoms and treatments of disease, disorders, and injuries requiring physical therapy.
  • Patient treatment including patient preparation, positioning, and functional mobility training
  • Therapeutic modalities such as thermotherapy and electrical nerve simulation
  • Proper Body mechanics as it relates to job functions
  • Kinesiology and therapeutic exercise
  • Study of inflammation and repair
  • Body measurements
  • On-site clinical experience totaling over 200 hours of hands-on training.

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog. 

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Transfer Students


Students transferring to Allegany College of Maryland and students holding a bachelor's degree must have an official copy of their transcripts (from any school you have attended other than Allegany College of Maryland) sent to the Admissions Office for approval of general education courses. Approval of transfer credits may take several weeks to complete, so if you plan to transfer courses, please begin this process early. Transfer students must also complete an Allegany College of Maryland application in addition to the PTA Program application.



Career Info

Physical Therapist Assistants enjoy enriching and rewarding careers in:

  • Home health care
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Out-patient clinics (sports medicine facilities, industrial, aquatic and burn rehabilitation , and private practices)
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Schools

The job outlook of the Physical Therapist Assistant is expected to be very good and grow much faster than average.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

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Transitioning from PTA toPT

At present, there are only two Physical Therapy programs in the United States designated to accept Physical Therapist Assistants. These programs require that you have a bachelor's degree in addition to a PTA degree/license. They are all highly competitive and the college's program does not articulate with or guarantee entry into these or any other Physical Therapy program. Visit the APTA website: for more information on transitioning a PTA degree to a PT degree.
Faculty/Staff Info

PTA Faculty and Staff


Dr. Karin SavageDr. Karin Savage, Assistant Professor and Program Director

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B.S., California University of Pennsylvania
D.P.T., Slippery Rock University

Jeremy OldhamJeremy Oldham, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator

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A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University
M.Ed, Frostburg State University

Jamie AndresJamie Andres, Administrative Associate

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A.S., Allegany College of Maryland

Mike CurleyMike Curley, Instructor

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A.A., Allegany College of Maryland
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University

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