School ofPhysical Therapist Assistant

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Why Physical Therapist Assistant?

Southern’s brand new Physical Therapist Assistant program will prepare students for a rewarding career of improving people’s quality of life. Working closely with a physical therapist, physical therapist assistants provide exceptional, evidence-based patient and client care.

  • Enrollment into this program will begin in 2019 and will be highly competitive. Begin taking prerequisite courses now in order to be ready.

    Southern Adventist University is seeking accreditation of this new physical therapist assistant education program from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2018. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Interesting Facts

Statistics to Note

  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the physical therapist assistant profession will experience a 41 percent growth rate nationally between 2014 and 2024. With 45,000 jobs added annually, it is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country.
  • US News and World Report ranks physical therapist assistant as the #4 best health care support job and places it at #38 in the 100 Best Jobs overall.

  I am excited to be
involved in starting
this new program
at Southern!
Christopher Stewart
Department Chair

Students helping in physical therapy



The program’s future home will be in Fleming Plaza, where students will benefit from state of the art classrooms and practical labs with all the equipment needed to learn the art of physical therapist assisting.

Physical Therapist Assistant Careers

Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings:

  • Outpatient clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Extended care facilities
  • Schools
  • Fitness facilities
  • Home health
  • Hospice
  • Government
  • Research centers


Christopher Stewart, DPT