Physical Therapist Assistant Schools and Careers NC

If you are interested in a career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) in North Carolina (NC) then there could be no better time to pursue your dreams. The demand for and remuneration of physical therapist assistants has been steadily on the increase over the last decade.

Learn how to become a PTA and get started today by reaching out to physical therapy assistant schools in North Carolina (NC).

How to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in North Carolina

  1. Graduate from an Accredited PTA program
  2. Pass local North Carolina and/or National Certification Exams
  3. Obtain your license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in North Carolina
  4. How much do Physical Therapist Assistants make in North Carolina?

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Listed below are some of the top PTA schools and related programs near you in North Carolina.

Get started today by reaching out to schools to receive information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition etc.

Simply click on the green ‘Get Admissions Info’ button to receive more information. It’s free and it’s easy!

Top Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in NC

CollegeMetro AreaAcreditationFind Out More
Duke UniversityDurhamSpring 2023Request Information
East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleSpring 2019Request Information
Elon UniversityElonFall 2025Request Information
The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillSouth ColumbiaSpring 2019Request Information
Western Carolina UniversityCullowheeSpring 2024Request Information
Winston-Salem State UniversityWinston-SalemSpring 2023Request Information

There are currently 6 fully accredited physical therapy assistant programs in NC – located in Durham, Greenville, Elon, South Columbia, Cullowhee and Winston-Salem.
Click on the ‘Request Information’ link for each school and enter your details to receive information on their PTA programs and admissions data.

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Physical Therapy Assistant Certification Exam Requirements in North Carolina

Once you have graduated from an accredited school in North Carolina you will need to obtain a license to work as a physical therapist assistant there. To obtain your license it is a requirement that you have successfully passed additional certification exams.

North Carolina is one of 27 States in which it is a requirement to undertake both a State level exam as well as the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

The purpose of the state exam, where required, is to ensure that the candidate has a thorough understanding of the local laws and regulations under which they are allowed to work.

The purpose of the NPTE exams is to ensure a minimum standard or knowledge and competence after graduation and before entering into the workplace. The NPTE exams are developed and administered by the US Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

North Carolina PTA License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by North Carolina law that you obtain a license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the State.See more information on becoming a PTA.The North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy regulates the licensing of Physical Therapist Assistants in North Carolina. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Address: 18 W. Colony Pl., #140, Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 490-6393

Update 2018: The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has recently launched the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact for PT’s and PTA’s.

The purpose of the compact is to essentially create an interstate license which will allow a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to practice outside of the state in which they obtained their license.

Average Physical Therapy Assistant Salary in NC

PTA Salary NC$59,030
Hourly Wage$28.38
Bottom 10% of Earners$43,710
Top 10% of Earners$77,130
# Employed2,790

According to the most recent Bureau for Labor Statistics data physical therapist assistants in North Carolina earn an average salary of $59,030. This represents an hourly wage of $28.38 and is 2.4% above the national average.

The top 10% of earners in the profession in North Carolina earned $77,130 whilst the bottom 10% earn $43,710.

There are approximately persons currently employed as PTA’s in North Carolina.

PTA Salaries and Employment in North Carolina by Metro Area

The table below breaks down salary and employment of physical therapist assistants by Metro area across the state.

AreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed
Durham-Chapel Hill$59,940$28.8280
Greensboro-High Point$58,060$27.92190
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach$60,380$29.03110
New Bern$62,880$30.2380
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News$59,840$28.77590