How to Become a PTA in South Carolina

If you are interested in a career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) 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 South Carolina.

How to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in South Carolina

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

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

CollegeMetro AreaAcredittionFind Out More
Medical University of South CarolinaCharlestonFall 2020Request Information
University of South Carolina - ColumbiaColumbiaFall 2018Request Information

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 South Carolina

Once you have graduated from an accredited school in South 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.

South Carolina does not have any requirement to undertake any local state level jurisprudence exams. However all candidates seeking initial licensure in the state must complete the National Physical Therapy Examinations (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).

South Carolina PTA License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by South Carolina law that you obtain a license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the State.

The South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy regulates the licensing of Physical Therapist Assistants in South Carolina. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Address: 110 Centerview Drive, PO Box 11329, Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: (803) 896-4655

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 South Carolina

StateSouth Carolina
Hourly Wage$26.87
Bottom 10% of Earners$36,710
Top 10% of Earners$76,610
# Employed1,290

According to the most recent Bureau for Labor Statistics data physical therapist assistants in South Carolina earn an average salary of $55,900. This represents an hourly wage of $26.87 and is 3% below the national average.

The top 10% of earners in the profession in South Carolina earned $76,610 whilst the bottom 10% earn $36,710.

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

PTA Salaries and Employment in South 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
Augusta-Richmond County$53,060$25.51130
Charleston-North Charleston$54,200$26.06150
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort$53,470$25.7170