Application period to begin Monday, April 22

After many years and nearly $100,000, Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is finally gearing up to launch its first Physical Therapist Assistant cohort (PTA).

Although the program is technically still completing the candidacy process, the college is moving forward to begin accepting PTA applications. The application period for the first cohort will be Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26.

The college began laying the foundation for the new program in 2016 when the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission provided the college with a nearly $95,000 grant to offset the program’s startup costs. After facing several scheduling set-backs, the college is finally in the last stages of the candidacy process. Once approved, this PTA program will become the first of its kind to be offered in the area.

“We are so excited to begin accepting applicants,” said the program director Julie Martin. “I have spoken with so many students who have been waiting for a physical therapist assistant program. Now, these students won’t have to leave the area to pursue their chosen career.”

According to Virginia Employment Commission data, PTA is a growing field in the Martinsville area with an average annual salary of $58,471.  Several area PTA employers have already expressed interest in partnering with the new program and will likely be willing to provide job shadowing opportunities, internships, and job interviews.

For those interested in PTA classes, contact Julie Martin at or 276-656-0288.

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