Physical Therapist Assistant Partnership With OCtech

(CIP Code 240101)

32 at CCTC Semester Hours

Students who are enrolled in the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree who have a desire to enter a Physical Therapist Assistant program will be eligible to apply at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OCtech) after completing the related Core Curriculum of general education courses at Central Carolina Technical College.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) partnership with Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OCtech) allows students to complete the first two semesters of general education courses at Central Carolina Technical College prior to applying to the PTA program at OCtech. Upon acceptance into the PTA program at OCtech the student will transfer to OCtech.

Completion of all required general education requirements does not guarantee entrance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Students are encouraged to contact OCtech for additional program admission requirements.

Physical Therapist Assistants are skilled healthcare professionals qualified to perform selected physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist. They can treat individuals of any age with health conditions or physical limitations that impair their ability to perform activities of daily living.  Physical Therapist Assistants can treat patients in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing centers, extended care facilities,  sub-acute facilities, home health care agencies, education or research centers,  school systems, Hospices, corporate or industrial health centers,  occupational and workplace environments,  athletic facilities, and fitness or sports training centers.  The goal of physical therapy intervention is to prevent or improve the loss of mobility so people can live more active lifestyles.

After completion of the Core Curriculum of general education courses listed below, students may apply for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program at OCtech. Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is competitive and based on specific requirements that can be obtained from attending a Health Information Programs (HIP) Session at OCtech. A listing of these scheduled sessions can be found online at on the Health Sciences page. Students can also take the HIP Session online. Twenty-two students are selected for enrollment in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program each summer. Two of the twenty-two students selected will be transfer students from Central Carolina Technical College. Selection of these two students will be based on the competitive admission requirements established by OCtech.

Upon graduation from OCtech, the student will receive an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a Major in Physical Therapist Assistant and will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination.

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email; website:

CORE CURRICULUM (To be taken at CCTC) – 32 Hours

courses required to complete this program

Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:


ENG 101 English Composition I 303

SPC 205 Public Speaking 303


Humanities/Fine Arts (Choose one):CreditLabClass


Social/Behavioral Sciences:CreditLabClass

PSY 201 General Psychology 303

PSY 203 Human Growth and Development 303


Natural Sciences:CreditLabClass

AHS 102 Medical Terminology 303

BIO 210 Anatomy and Physiology I 433

BIO 211 Anatomy and Physiology II 433



MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra 303


Computer Course:CreditLabClass

CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 303


College Success (Recommended for new students):CreditLabClass

COL 105 Freshman Seminar 303



32630Program Total


This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Partnership with OCTech

COURSE REQUIREMENTS (To be taken at OCtech) 46 HOURS

PTH 101, PTH 102, PTH 115, PTH 202, PTH 205, PTH 206, PTH 226, PTH 235, PTH 242, PTH 244, PTH 266, PTH 270, PTH 275, PTH 276

Program Contact

Lea, Jessica Department Chair, Science