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Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant - Knoxville

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Keys to Success

In addition to strong mathematical and analytical skills, a commitment to delivering excellent patient care is vital to success in this program. You must be able to maintain professionalism with patients, families, and healthcare providers. Working independently and as part of a team are both essential, as are critical thinking skills and a strong work ethic.

Through our strong relationships in local healthcare environments, South College provides students with robust, hands-on clinical training, helping you develop real-world experience. Classroom training supports the clinical aspect of the program with experienced instructors who can provide students with individual attention, and clinical rotations provide a mentor-driven learning experience. Tutors and practice labs are also available to help you hone your skills.

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Asheville, Knoxville & Nashville

The South College Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program offered at the Asheville, Knoxville and Nashville campuses is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085, phone: 703-706-3245; email: [email protected]. The next review is scheduled for 2023 (Asheville) and 2024 (Knoxville/Nashville). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please contact Pam deMent (Asheville) at (828) 398-2527/[email protected], Michelle Wray (Nashville) at (629) 802-3126/[email protected], Kaylea Booth (Knoxville) at (865)251-1840/[email protected], or Amy Cornell (Atlanta) at (470) 322-1200/[email protected].

To file a complaint with CAPTE, contact them directly at  or by telephone at 800-999-3085.

Department Chair Nashville/Program Director Knoxville Main/Nashville Expansion Program:
Samantha Harris, PT, DPT, EdD

Department Chair Knoxville:
Don Reagan, PT, DPT

Department Chair Asheville/Program Director:
Pam Dement, PT

Consumer Information

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success At South College

Shawn Domm

I chose South College because it came highly recommended from mentors of mine, the faculty is second to none, and the program fits my ever-changing lifestyle. I also chose it because of the flexibility. My wife is still serving in the United States Air Force on Active Duty, and this means that we move when they tell us to move.

- Shawn Domm, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Elizabeth Ferichs

One of the major reasons I chose South College was for the smaller class sizes. It allows more one-on-one time between students and professors, which enhances the learning experience for me.

- Elizabeth Frerichs, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Uriah Addison, Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

South College provided me with a quality, hands-on education while challenging me to meet my potential. The smaller class size made the one-on-one experience the most beneficial. South College showed me day-after-day that the continuing education and learning offered is unlimited no matter how experienced you may be.

- Uriah Addison, Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
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