Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Physical Therapy is part of my offseason routine. That has helped me greatly.

Jamie Moyer, Oldest Major League Pitcher to Win a Game (2012)

What Does a Physical Therapist Assistant Do?

A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works directly with patients under the direction of a Physical Therapist. Through exercise, education and lifestyle adjustments, a Physical Therapist Assistant helps a patient recover movement and manage pain after an illness or injury. Their responsibilities may include coaching patients through exercises, observing and reporting patients’ progress, instructing them in the use of walking and daily living aids, and discussing post-treatment activities with patients and their families.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Macomb

Macomb’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program, a selective admission program, prepares you to work with patients in physical therapist offices, hospitals and in home health care. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of patient care and the physiological principles that provide the foundation for clinical decision making. You will learn the major muscle groups, skeletal anatomy, joint structure and functional human musculoskeletal movement and its interrelationship to the neuromuscular system, as you master the physical therapy techniques that will allow you to help patients.

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses at Macomb

In the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Macomb, you will take a variety of courses specific to your selected major, including:

  • Human Physiological Anatomy
  • Physical Therapy Procedures
    1-3/Lecture and Laboratory
  • Joint Structure and Function/Lecture
    and Laboratory
  • Clinical Medicine for the Physical
    Therapist Assistant
  • Life Span Development for Physical
    Therapist Assistant
  • Kinesiology/Lecture and Laboratory
  • Neuromuscular Physical
    Therapy/Lecture and Laboratory
  • Musculoskeletal Physical
    Therapy/Lecture and Laboratory
  • 3 Clinical Internships
  • Rehabilitation Techniques/Lecture
    and Laboratory
  • Pediatrics
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Seminar for Physical Therapist Assistants


The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Macomb Community College 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:

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Outcomes

Macomb Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program’s NPTE Pass Rate Information

Graduates of Macomb Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program have consistently exceeded the national average on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). We are committed to providing quality education and maintaining high standards for our students.

Total percentage of
Candidates who took NPTE
and passed
Macomb Community
College Mean Score
National Mean
2016 92.90% 673.40 665.90
2015 93.10% 678.60 661.60
2014 100.00% 675.20 664.60

Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are calculated each year and reflect the previous year’s graduating class.

Year  Rate
2016 93.0%
2015 96.8%
2014 96.7%

Employment Rate

The following employment rates describe graduates who sought employment and were employed as a PTA within one year of graduation:

Year  Rate
2016 96.5%
2015 97.0%
2014 100%

Career Opportunities with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant

With an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, you will be qualified for positions that include Physical Therapist Assistant.

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor Degree

The credits earned in Macomb’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan and can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program?

For more information about the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Macomb, contact the Physical Therapist Assistant program coordinator: Professor Carol Plisner, 586.286.2031.

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