Physical Therapist Assistant

The Kellogg Community College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program began in 1971, with the first graduating class entering the clinical community in 1973.

We are very proud of the fact that we were one of the first programs in the country and the first in Michigan. Each year we welcome students from around the state and occasionally from other areas of the country to take part in our two-year (five-semester) program that culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree.


KCC PTA students receive a well-rounded education including English, social science and communication classes as well as basic science courses such as anatomy and physiology and technical courses such as emergency first aid.

Professional coursework involves classes such as pathology, the study of diseases; kinesiology, the study of the musculoskeletal system and how it works together with the nervous system to perform movement; therapeutic exercise, using specific exercise protocols to assist the individual to reach full potential after surgery, trauma or a disease process has limited functional skills; and modalities, using machines and equipment such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, paraffin and hot/cold packs to treat symptoms, improve healing or prepare for additional activity in physical therapy.

Additionally, there are courses specific to various specialty areas in the field such as pediatrics, neurology and orthopedics. For specific course information, click on PTA Courses in the menu on the left hand side of this page.


KCC’s PTA Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314;  703-706-3245;;

Accreditation is a process used to assure the quality of the education that students receive. Program accreditation also allows program graduates to be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination. Most states, including the State of Michigan, require successful passage of this examination to earn licensure and be able to practice as a physical therapist assistant. For more information on licensure, regulations and the field of physical therapy in the State of Michigan, please visit the Michigan Physical Therapy Association at

Please take time to look through our website for information on admissions, to view photographs of the activities that students take part in throughout the curriculum and to generally become familiar with our program. For answers to any further questions you might have about the program, please contact Program Coordinator Julie Roberts, PT, MS, at 269-965-3931 ext. 2270 or

Program Outcomes

For ongoing improvement, KCC’s PTA Program completes various assessments to measure the performance and success of the program and program graduates. Please refer to the table below for outcome measures averaged for the years 2011-13.

Graduation Rate Licensure Exam Pass Rate Employment Rate
80% 94.4% 100% of those looking for a position


KCC admits students to the PTA Program on a selective admissions basis. Visit the PTA admissions criteria page for specific PTA admissions requirements.