MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) is on its way to having an accredited physical therapy assistant (PTA) program.
The college can now accept applicants for classes beginning January 2020, after its candidacy for accreditation was approved.
According to a statement from PHCC, the college began developing the program with a $95,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.
The funds helped the college “build the curriculum, gather the equipment, hire personnel, and submit the paperwork for accreditation,” said PHCC.
The PHCC said data from the Virginia Employment Commission show a growing demand for physical therapist assistants in the Martinsville area.
“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,” said PHCC.
The program, the first of its kind in the region, gives students an option locally to receive their training instead of traveling elsewhere, according to PHCC.
Applications for the program are accepted through Nov. 25.
If interested in learning more about the program, contact Dr. Martin, the PTA Program Director at email@example.com.
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