Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Advisor: Michele Darroch, PT, MEd, DPT (413) 236-4525

The PTA program at Berkshire Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the program, contact Michele Darroch, PTA Program Advisor at 413-236-4525 or email

Learn More about our Program

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) provides a unique form of medical treatment, where science and art become one, and patients are given individualized care. PTA is deeply rooted in scientific knowledge and theory. But, it is the personal interactions with patients, family members, and other health care providers that require creativity and flexibility on the therapist's part.PTAs work in diverse settings which include hospitals, private PT practices, community health agencies, schools, pediatric facilities, nursing homes, industrial or corporate health facilities and rehabilitation centers. It is the diversity that makes the field of physical therapy interesting and enticing for many students.

Watch the APTA video "You Could Be Me" to learn more about the field of Physical Therapy.

Program graduates are eligible to take the national examination to be licensed as a PTA.

Three-year Program Student Outcomes (2015-2017)*

  • Graduation rate — 77.5%
  • 1st Time licensure examination pass rate — 92.9%
  • Ultimate licensure examination pass rate — 100%
  • Employment rate — 100%

*2015–2017 represents one graduating class