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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

This 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.

We are committed to providing quality education and maintaining high standards for our students as evidenced by the Graduates of Macomb’s Physical Therapist Assistant program’s pass rates on the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). 

Licensure Pass Rates







Average licensure pass rate


Graduation Rate

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







Average graduation rate


Employment Rate

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







Average employment rate


Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for Physical Therapist Assistant

  1. All faculty members are current in clinical practice and can provide the knowledge of “real-life” situations
  2. Graduates of the program have consistently exceeded the national average on the National Physical Therapy Examination
  3. For each class since 2014, the PTA employment rate within a year of graduation has been over 95%

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses at Macomb

  • 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

Career Opportunities in Physical Therapist Assistant

Macomb has teamed up with Burning Glass Technologies to provide you with the most up-to-date information on the careers that you will be qualified for upon successful completion of this program.

Job-posting data can give you insights about employers seeking job applicants, where those jobs are located, and the average salary being offered. Use the Career Insights Tool to see national, state or metropolitan area information.

Data are provided by Burning Glass Technologies and drawn from large area samples. Data are not drawn from Macomb Community College-specific student or program outcomes.



Career Services

Macomb’s Career Services is your bridge from education to employment. It offers a variety of free resources, including skill and interest assessments, resume building, success workshops, job placement and more.

Transfer Pathways

The credits earned in this 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.


The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Macomb Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 586.286.2097 or email

Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation

The goal of the Health and Public Services Division is to prepare every student to think critically and practice competently and compassionately in rapidly changing environments. All efforts are designed to build knowledge, enhance practical skills, and promote patient and the population’s safety. Furthermore, the program is designed to foster professional integrity and ultimately improve the health outcomes and protection of patients, families, and communities across the continuum of care and practice. Students must possess certain functional abilities, essential for the delivery of safe, effective clinical care and protection of the public during clinical and internship training activities in the field. Therefore, the faculty has determined that certain technical standards are required for admission to, progression in, and graduation from the Health and Public Services (HPS) programs.

In addition to classroom learning, clinical and internship learning occurs throughout the HPS programs and involves considerations (such as patient and population safety and clinical and internship facility safety) that are not present in classroom accommodations. Applicants or students interested in HPS programs who seek accommodations prior to or immediately after enrolling in the college are highly encouraged to also request an assessment of the types of reasonable accommodations needed for the clinical and or internship components of the program.

An individual must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, meet the following technical standards of general abilities: (1) observation;
(2) communication; (3) motor skills; (4) intellectual, conceptual, and quantitative abilities; (5) essential behavioral and social attributes; and (6) ability to manage stressful situations. Individuals unable to meet these technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodation will not be able to complete the programs and are counseled to pursue alternative careers.

SPECIAL SERVICES STATEMENT: Students may individually discuss the essential functions and technical standards with a college counselor from our Special Services department. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disability Act of 1991, academic accommodations may be provided to students who have a documented disability.

For further information, visit Special Services.

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

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

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