How to Become a PTA in South Carolina

Top South Carolina Schools for PTA Training

In order to become a PTA in South Carolina you must have graduated from an accredited Physical Therapy Assistants Program. An accredited PTA Program has been approved by CAPTE for both the quality of the course, the quality of the examinations and the quality of the graduates.

Listed below are some of the top PTA Schools and related programs near you.

School Area Status Next Visitation
School Area Status Next Visitation
Medical University of South Carolina Charleston Accreditation Fall 2020
University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia Accreditation Fall 2018

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If a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) strongly appeals to you then there could be no better time to pursue your dreams. The demand for and remuneration of Physical Therapy Assistants has been steadily on the increase over the last decade. Employment of Physical Therapy Assistants is projected to grow by a massive 30% over the coming years with a projected additional 25,000 jobs being created between 2016 and 2024.

Selecting a Physical Therapy Assistant Program

Take the first step and request information from Schools in your preferred area. Simply enter your preferences and contact information in the search box to the right or select from the Schools presented above to receive program and admissions information. It’s fast and easy!

Important points to consider when selecting a PTA School include;

  • Is the School Accredited?
  • How long does the program last?
  • Class structure – how much of the course will be classroom based, lab based and field based and how does this fit with your expectations?
  • Does the School have good lab facilities and other resources to support your studies?
  • What percentage of graduates are successful in securing their PTA license?
  • Does the School offer any financial assistance?

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

Physical Therapy Assistant Salary in South Carolina

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The average salary of a PTA in South Carolina is $56,380 – over 2% more than the national average. Texas is the highest paying State for Physical Therapist Assistants in the USA.

In 2015 there where 1,180 persons employed as a Physical Therapy Assistant in the State.

The table below illustrates key employment and salary data for PTA’s in the main metro and city areas in the State;

AreaNumber EmployedSalary
Charleston-North Charleston, SC140$49,230.00
Columbia, SC300$68,710.00
Florence, SC70$65,150.00
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC210$51,750.00
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC40$50,910.00
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC100$55,610.00
Spartanburg, SC130$46,770.00
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area40$55,620.00
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area80$55,400.00

Get Started Today!

Take the first important steps towards your new career by reaching out to PTA Schools in South Carolina and nearby areas today. Simply enter your details in the box below to receive information on the best PTA Schools or related programs.  It’s fast and it’s free!

Related Healthcare Careers

Physical Therapy Assistants fair very well by comparison to similar careers such as Occupational Therapy Assistants, Massage Therapists and Home Health Aides in terms of average salary, from entry level to well experienced – achieving one of the highest average salary levels.

Additionally in terms of employment figures and growth it has been flagged as one of the top 5 fastest growing careers in healthcare by the Bureau For Labor Statistics (BLS).

The table below illustrates key data for similar healthcare careers in SC;

CareerNumber EmployedSalary
Physical Therapist Assistants1,180$56,380.00
Home Health Aides10,000$20,280.00
Nursing Assistants18,400$24,100.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants370$59,780.00
Massage Therapists1,130$36,900.00
Medical Assistants8,960$29,320.00


South Carolina

South Carolina ) is a U.S. state in the southeastern region of the United States. The state is bordered to the north by North Carolina, to the south and west by Georgia, across the Savannah River, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean.
Area: 32,020 sq mi
Population: 5,024,369
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