South College

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Basic Information

Address: 140 Sweeten Creek Road Asheville, NC 28803
Phone Number: (828) 398-2536
Chair: Pamela Dement
Dean: Dr. Lisa Satterfield

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Financial Aid:

Students at South College have access to a range of financial aid to provide the economic assistance they need to pay for college. Aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants and awards, work-study programs, and loans. We're happy to participate in numerous federal, state, and private student aid programs, and to offer funding directly.

Admission Requirements:

General admission to South College does not guarantee admission to the Associate of Science degree program in Physical Therapist Assistant. Applicants interested in this program are required to visit the college and meet individually with an admissions representative and a program advisor to ascertain if their goals can be met by the college. Prospective students declaring PTA as their major must be generally admitted to South College and meet the following requirements in order to be considered for full admission to the program:

  1. Meet minimum score requirements required by the program on the college entrance examination, OR present documentation of a score of 19 or higher on the ACT Assessment examination, OR have earned transfer credit of 15 semester (23 quarter) hours with at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), OR achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 for the program’s pre-requisite general education courses (ENG 1201ENG 1211BIO 1110/BIO 1120BIO 1130/BIO 1140AHS 1010COM 1261, and MAT 1200).
  2. Complete and submit the South College AS PTA Program Application and Checklist.
  3. Submit three (3) letters of reference utilizing the program’s reference form. These reference forms will be scored and must average seventy-five percent (75%) or better.
  4. Complete all required general education core courses and earn the minimum grade of “C” or higher.
  5. Complete BIO 1110 Anatomy & Physiology IBIO 1120 Anatomy & Physiology I LabBIO 1130 Anatomy & Physiology II, and BIO 1140 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab with at least a 2.50 grade point average. The necessary grades must be achieved on the first or second attempt (all postsecondary attempts counted) unless approved by department chair.
  6. Complete PTA 1010 Introduction to PTAPTA 1030 Pathophysiology, and PTA 1040 Kinesiology for the PTA with a grade of “C” or better earned on the first or second attempt only. A grade of “C” is equivalent to 75%.
  7. Submit proof of at least twenty-four (24) hours of observation and/or work hours in a physical therapy setting using the form provided by the PTA program.
Degrees Offered:

Physical Therapist Assistant

Mission Statement:


The mission of the South College PTA program is to develop knowledgeable, motivated, competent professionals who have the skills necessary to meet the career demands of an entry-level physical therapist assistant and, thereby, serve the diverse needs of their communities. A comprehensive curriculum is maintained, which includes verifying the competence and professionalism of students. To promote an optimal educational experience for all students, diversity in teaching methodology is also practiced. As role models, those involved with the program strive to exhibit the professional attributes expected in the physical therapy profession.